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Best Hikes in San Francisco

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One of the best things about the Bay Area is its natural beauty and the many opportunities to escape the busy bustle of the city for a refreshing few hours amongst tall trees and breathtaking views. While you’re in town staying at HI San Francisco hostels, you might not have a car to take you up to the majestic Muir Woods or the network of trails in the Marin Headlands, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on rejuvenating nature time.

Bike San Francisco: Best of Biking in the Bay

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One of the things to love about San Francisco is that, despite its reputation as a hilly city, it’s extremely bicycle friendly and you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re in town staying at any of HI USA’s hostels in San Francisco, a great way to experience the City by the Bay on two wheels is to join the Bike the Bridge tour offered every Tuesday.

5 Fabulous Things to Do in Golden Gate Park

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So you’ve come to visit San Francisco, and along with checking out the city’s famous bridge during HI SF Downtown hostel’s bicycle tour, you’ve got a visit to Golden Gate Park on your list of must-dos. Along with being a mecca for Summer of Love pilgrims, the park is a 1,000-acre wonderland of beautiful landmarks and has a world of activities for art and science lovers, outdoor sports fanatics, and nature enthusiasts. So where do you start?

How to Do San Francisco Nightlife on the Cheap

So you’ve come to visit San Francisco and you’d like to hit the town, but you’re also traveling on a budget. The good news is when you stay at HI San Francisco hostels, there are plenty of ways to experience the City by the Bay on the cheap, including during our activities like the weekly pub crawl where you get to visit excellent local bars and make friends with fellow travelers. Then once you’ve made friends, you can go out and explore San Francisco’s nightlife on the cheap at some of our favorite spots. 

Where to Save and Splurge on Outdoor Yoga in San Francisco

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Anyone who enjoys traveling and yoga knows that while you’re on the road seeing new places and making new friends it’s not always easy to keep that fitness routine going. Plus, there’s all the different foods to try and spontaneous adventures that aren’t exactly conducive to a solid schedule of vinyasa flows and long hatha sessions. If you happen to be visiting HI San Francisco hostels though, you’ll find that there are ways you can incorporate your wanderlust with your yoga practice with classes taking place in the city’s sweet outdoor spaces.

5 Favorite Summer Festivals and Events in San Francisco

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San Francisco might not have the typical summer – there’s usually more fog than sun – but that doesn’t stop the City by the Bay from getting into the spirit of the season with plenty of great events and festivals that bring people together. Whether you’re traveling solo or with some friends, the HI San Francisco hostels are a good base from which you can experience the fun, and sometimes crazy, festivities in the city. Take a look at five of our favorites that are worth checking out while you’re in town. 

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