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Ways to travel responsibly in San Francisco

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San Francisco is known for its dedication to protecting the planet by keeping things green. That means almost everywhere you go you’ll find ways to do right by Mother Earth, whether it’s as simple as separating your garbage or eating at a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. Besides choosing to stay at HI hostels in San Francisco, which all try to do their part when it comes to encouraging conscious travel, you can get into the city’s spirit of sustainability with these quick tips that go beyond recycling. 

7 Great things about San Francisco spring

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Sure, the seasons in the Bay Area don’t seem to be that different from each other (except for those few weeks in October when it feels like real summer), but spring in San Francisco still feels like a magical thing. The rains leave beautiful blossoms all around the city, and there seems to be an endless list of cool things to do as everyone comes out of hiding. When you visit the HI San Francisco hostels, you should check off at least one of these spring fever activities on your list.

It’s off to Costa Rica for Explore the World Scholarship winner Cristina Navarro

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When 22-year-old Cristina Navarro left Los Angeles for San Francisco for college, she never imagined that she would be able to study for her dream degree in outdoor recreation and tourism, or that she’d one day travel to Costa Rica and be exposed to a whole new environment and culture. Now, as part of her department’s alternative spring break program, she’ll be travelling to Central America.

6 Underrated Romantic Spots in San Francisco

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Whether you’ve traveled to the City by the Bay with your someone special, or you’re in town solo or with a group of friends, there’s always some romance to be had in San Francisco. Between the fog-topped peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge and the shimmering waters of the bay, you will find indoor spots, hidden views, and outdoor spaces that will leave you feeling loved up.

4 San Francisco Foods to Warm You Up This Winter


No matter what time of the year you’re visiting, San Francisco is an excellent city if your travel is generally motivated by your taste buds. In the winter time when it’s cold, but not too cold to explore the diverse neighborhoods packed within just 49 square miles, you’ll easily find delicious options to warm you up from the inside. There are dishes from all over the world to reflect the international communities that have come to call this place home.