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Doggie Destinations

Your number-one travel companion wants more than a vacation. Presenting our favorite trips to satisfy his (and your) wanderlust.

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Jason Daley

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The Best Getaways for You and Your Dog

For those of us who love the outdoors and our dogs, there seems like there are too few places to go adventuring with Fido. Most National Parks don’t allow dogs, city parks are borning, and dog parks can often lead to impromptu dog fights. But there are a few place for owners and dogs who want a little more out of their outdoor outings. Surfing with pooches in San Diego, hiking around lake Michigan, and scrambling in the mountains of Telluride top our list of favorite dog-friendly travel destinations.

It seems like some people are just born to be athletes. Science agrees: Last year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that “although deliberate training and other environmental factors are critical for elite performance, they cannot by themselves produce an elite athlete. Rather, individual performance thresholds are determined by our genetic make-up, and training can be defined as the process by which genetic potential is realised.” In other words, the “special sauce” that distinguishes top pros from hard-working amateurs comes is written into their DNA.

For kids of elite athletes, this is great news: Parents who are preternaturally good at a sport are likely to pass that ability on to their children. That’s the case for these six tribes, for whom winning is practically a family tradition.

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Doggie Destinations: Beaches

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Surfdog Abbie and owner, Michael Uy, head out to surf during a training session at dog beach in Del Mar, California, May 13, 2010. The popular San Diego area contest, like many of the growing number of dog surfing events being held in southern California each year, is a fundraiser for pet-related charities. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters/Corbis)

Rooms to Drool Over