South Carolina is home to one of the most pet-friendly places to travel in the country — so bring your four-legged friend with you, according to a new ranking.

Mount Pleasant ranks No. 4 on a list of places with some of the best amenities for furry friends, according to figures released March 31.

“Pets are part of the family, so travelers look forward to bringing them with them when exploring the United States,” Rob Palleschi, CEO of Motel 6, said in a press release.

The motel chain said it created the national list after evaluating Mount Pleasant and other locations across the country. For each city, the study considered several factors, including access to pet-friendly restaurants, veterinarians, “dog parks, green spaces, and hiking trails.”

“One city was chosen for each state, and the top 10 list was compiled based on those finalists,” a spokesperson told McClatchy News in an email.

Mount Pleasant — a Charleston-area town of about 90,000 people — is no stranger to national recognition.

In November, Mount Pleasant was named one of the nation’s “best growing cities” due to its population and job growth.

The previous year, the city received a nod for having one of the fastest growing economies in the United States, McClatchy News reported.

On the latest list, the top-ranked tourist destination for road trips with pets was Santa Monica, California. Rounding out the top five, Rockville, Maryland; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Newport, Rhode Island.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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