Skip to main content

How to use your iPhone to find fun places to explore with your dog

Having a dog means you also have your own best friend, travel buddy, and paw-tner in crime. After a while, though, knowing what to do with dogs might require a little thought and preparation. You can always go for a walk, but sometimes you want to give your pup something more special than a tour of the neighborhood.

Exploring new places together is a fantastic (and fun!) way to bond with your fur baby while getting all the exercise you need, but it can be tricky to find fun places to go with dogs when you’ve run through all your obvious options. Luckily, Apple is here to help! With their Guides feature through Apple Maps, you can browse and explore a selection of scenic, historical places both you and your dog will drool over. Here is all you need to know about using Guides with your pup.

a man and a brown dog walk away from the camera on a path in the forest

What are Guides?

As described on Apple’s website, “Guides from trusted brands and partners are available in the Maps app to help you discover great places around the world to eat, shop, and explore. Guides are automatically updated when new places are added, so you always have the latest recommendations.”

At first glance, Guides look like a curated selection of destinations available through the Search bar in Maps. They’re presented in article-like lists, such as “San Francisco’s Best Playgrounds,” and will show you the locations of each spot on the list by presenting them as pins on a map. You can read a paragraph on each destination to help you decide where next to explore with your pup. Each list is sponsored by a company or organization, such as National Geographic or the National Park Foundation, so you know you’re viewing the best destinations out there.

How to use Guides

To view Guides, open the Apple Maps app and tap the Search bar. Beneath your recent searches and “Find Nearby” features, you’ll see a section titled “Editors’ Picks: Guides begin here.” You will find a few featured Guides listed here (which you tap to open), or you can click on the button labeled “See All Guides” just beneath it.

If you keep scrolling down, you can browse Guides by the company that published them. You’ll find Guides from beloved publishers such as Lonely Planet, brands like Louis Vuitton, and apps such as Calm, a meditation aid. Currently, Guides are available only in larger, select cities, though Apple mentions on their website that more locations will be available in the future.

Once you have a destination in mind, simply give it a click and get your directions. As soon as you and your four-legged friend are packed, you’re ready to go!

a person stands with a siberian husky on the top of a mountain, overlooking other mountains
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Packing for a pet-friendly trip

Getting ready for a dog-friendly adventure takes a little preparation, but it’s oh-so worth it. Nothing ruins a trip quite like forgetting something essential, only to find out once you’re already there. Remember to pack necessities:

  • Poop bags
  • Leash and harness
  • Travel-friendly water bottle
  • Snacks for you and for your pup
  • Canine weather gear, such as shoes or a jacket

Keep your destination in mind when packing for your pup, in case you’ll need any extra gear based on weather or terrain. Some pups may not mind snow or sun, while others can be put off by conditions other than what they’re used to. If you don’t travel with your dog often, no worries — you’ll get to know your pup’s preferences in no time.

Remember, not all Guide locations are dog-friendly, so it’s best to do your research before you go. Outdoor places are often a safe bet, but you never know! Make sure to read up on whether your destination has leash requirements, pet fees, or other regulations to know about.

With Apple Maps’ Guides feature, you and your pup will never run out of places to explore. From national parks to hidden gems, there’s so much to discover. Whether you’re in the mood for a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike of a lifetime, Apple has found it all,  and now it’s right at your fingertips! Grab your dog and pack up for an adventure — who knows what might be waiting right in your own backyard?

Editors' Recommendations

Gabrielle LaFrank
Gabrielle LaFrank has written for sites such as Psych2Go, Elite Daily, and, currently, PawTracks. When she's not writing, you…
Is your dog drinking Christmas tree water? It could be more dangerous for their health than you realize
What you should know about this not-so-good behavior
Jack Russell terrier in from of Christmas tree with presents

Bringing home a fresh-cut Christmas tree is only one way to get into the holiday spirit, but it could cause a problem for your pets. Not only will you need to make sure no one relieves themselves on the tree (in their defense, it is a tree), but you'll also need to keep them away from the water.
Dogs drinking Christmas tree water may seem completely logical, but it could also lead to a wide variety of unpleasant side effects for them and for you. Keep scrolling to learn why Christmas tree water could be dangerous for your pup and what you can do to keep your doggo from bothering the tree — all while keeping your Christmas tree healthy, of course!
Protecting your pets this holiday season will help you let go of your worries and enjoy every festive moment so you and your family can have a very merry Christmas!

Why is Christmas tree water bad for dogs?
Even though you may use plain water to keep your tree hydrated during the holiday season — which the National Christmas Tree Association recommends — it’s not a good idea for your dog to drink it. According to the National Capital Poison Center (NCPC), a small amount of tree water may not cause any issues, but it could become a real problem if your pup makes a habit of it. Granville Veterinary Clinic notes that lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and other behavioral changes can be some of the signs of poisoning from Christmas tree water.
Water that sits in a tree stand for even a day or two can gather lots of bacteria and other nasty particles, according to NCPC (not to mention the pine needles that will likely fall into the water — they can be sharp). It’s easy to see why this concoction could be dangerous when swallowed. Hartz notes that fir tree oil can also be mildly irritating to dogs, too, whether ingested or simply touched. It makes sense -- even some people experience allergies and irritation around these trees!
Sometimes, Christmas tree farms use preservatives to help their firs and spruces last. NCPC explains that commercial preservatives often contain "some kind of fertilizer, some type of sugar, and perhaps fungicides." This can seep into the water, which could cause mild to severe illness in pets.
Homemade fertilizers and pesticides can make an appearance, too. NCPC lists these common ingredients in DIY tree food:

Read more
Why won’t my dog bark? Here’s when pet parents should be concerned
Can't figure out why your dog won't bark or if it's a problem? Here's what we dug up
Dog barks outside in a lawn

A dog that doesn’t bark often, or at all, seems like a dream come true to pet parents (and their neighbors). In reality, a quiet dog can be cause for concern, especially if a previously noisy pup suddenly becomes quiet. If you have a quiet pet, you might wonder, why won't my dog bark?
Barking is both a normal dog behavior and an important communication tool for dogs, so it's natural to be a bit worried if your dog isn't barking. The good news is that there are plenty of reasons your dog may not be barking, and not all of them are cause for concern! However, if you're worried about your dog, it's important to remember that even if your dog’s lack of sound isn’t from a serious health issue, you can’t go wrong by asking your trusted veterinarian for advice.

When do puppies start barking? What does it sound like at first?
According to Certified Canine Behavior Consultant Mikkel Becker, puppies begin vocalizing around 2 or 3 weeks of age. At this early stage, you’re more likely to hear whines and grunts. When your puppy reaches 2 to 4 months, these vocalizations will start to turn into barks, though each dog reaches milestones at their own pace. If you’re worried about your pup’s vocal development, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian to rule out any potential issues.

Read more
Is your old dog not eating? It probably has nothing to do with hunger
Older dog not eating? Common explanations and what you should do
Overhead shot of dog paws and a bowl of kibble

Your dog is not only your best friend, but also a member of your family. That's why it can be so special to watch them grow up and grow old. Sharing your life with a senior dog is a joy and a privilege, especially when you've been through so much together. But caring for an older pet won't be without its challenges.

Just like the bump in health issues we see in human senior citizens, an increased risk of health problems is also common in senior dogs. Older dogs frequently experience changes in their eating and sleeping patterns, such as snoozing more often or a decrease in appetite. While small, gradual shifts are to be expected, sudden changes are worth looking into.

Read more