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7 Ways to Do Good While Visiting San Francisco This Winter

Group meal HI SF Fisherman's Wharf

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco during the most wonderful time of the year, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to fun festivities to get into. Along with hosting holiday outings and lively group dinners, one of our favorite ways to get festive during the holidays is to volunteer in the communities around our hostels in San Francisco. It’s a nice reminder to keep a little perspective and to show our appreciation for the people and places that make the City by the Bay so great. 

Help prepare and serve meals at St. Anthony’s 

Here’s Where to Keep Cozy in San Francisco This Winter

where to keep cozy in san francisco this winter

Hello winter! Here in San Francisco the colder months mean rainy weather between sunny (but still chilly) days, though none of that deters locals and travelers from getting out to enjoy what the city has to offer. The secret is to bundle up and make your way to somewhere cozy, be it a solo mission to a coffee shop where you can curl up with a book and people watch, or a group hang out at a dimly lit bar where you can sip on a warming drink over good conversation.

Great Hostel Give Back

hi usa great hostel give back

At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.

What is GHGB?

14 Historical Highlights of San Francisco’s Fort Mason

HI USA Fort Mason Common Area

The City by the Bay has a rich and colorful history that reflects its melting pot population and role in California culture. When you stay at any of HI USA’s three hostels in San Francisco, you can get a taste of the city’s vibrant past on our free walking and bicycle tours and through interactions with hostel staff. However, when you stay at HI SF Fisherman’s Wharf, you get to be totally immersed in a slice of Bay Area history, as the hostel sits within a National Park that originally served as an army post for more than a century.

Bike San Francisco: Best of Biking in the Bay

San Francisco bike routes

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.

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. 

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