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Travel Tip: Pet-Centric Vacations Where You Can Hang Out With Animals

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If you’re a pet lover, you try to travel with your dog or cat.

It’s great for the animal, and great for you.

But what about folks who don’t travel with their pets but still want to interact with animals?

Welcome to the pet-centric vacation.

In Washington, D.C., The Jefferson Hotel has a presidential pets program, with a special itinerary at the Smithsonian to learn about famous presidential pooches and cats.

It’s worth a trip to the museum to see the first dogs exhibit.

In Costa Rica, the Marriott has a special bird watching package—40 to 60 indigenous species are in nearby Carara National Park.

In Lexington, Kentucky, the 21c Museum Hotel has a Kentucky-bred package and you know what that means—a tour with thoroughbred horses.

The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico has its animal keepers program.

You get to feed, bathe, and care for endangered and rescued animals—everything from white-tailed deer to macaws to donkeys.

There’s even a cat cafe, run by—or perhaps overrun by—native cats.

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