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These cities have more vacation homes that allow pets than any others in the U.S.

These cities have more vacation homes that allow pets than any others in the U.S.
Where are you taking your dog on vacation? HomeAway report says San Diego is one of the best cities for the number of vacation rentals that allow pets. (Sebastian Willnow / AFP/Getty Images)

San Diego, Palm Springs and Big Bear Lake ranked among the top five pet-friendly cities in the U.S. for vacation rentals, a recent trend report by HomeAway said.

The vacation rental company looked at places with high numbers of rentals that allowed pets. Four Corners and Davenport, both southwest of Orlando, Fla., took the No. 1 and 2 spots, followed by the California cities (in the order above).

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San Diego and Palm Springs each have 950 vacation rentals that allow pets; Big Bear Lake has 800, according to HomeAway.

San Diego also came in fourth on WalletHub's 2017 Most Pet- Friendly Cities. Scottsdale, Ariz., came in No. 1 and Phoenix at No. 2 in that report.

And if it's open space you're after, try these destinations with the most dog parks per capita in the U.S.:

1. San Francisco

2. Portland, Ore.

3. Las Vegas

4. New York City

5. Henderson, Nev. (near Las Vegas)

6. Boise, Idaho

HomeAway offers these tips about what travelers should know when looking for a place to bring their pets.

--"Pets allowed" doesn't necessarily mean you can bring your two Great Danes. Check to see if there's a size limit or limit on the number of dogs you may bring.

--If you are unsure about a vacation property's pet policy, ask the owner specific questions about what animals are allowed, what size, how many, etc.

--There's a difference between a "pet fee" and a "pet deposit." "A fee is a non-refundable charge for bringing your pet. With a deposit, the renter will get money back if the pet behaves well and leaves the home damage-free," HomeAway said.

--Check the house rules in the rental agreement. You may have to clean up the yard after your pets.

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