Call for Entries: National Park Travel Writing Contest

Entry Deadline: October 31, 2010

Three of our Northern California hostels are in National Parks, and we know all of our guests have stories to tell about their visits to these pristine wilderness areas.

So why not win a trip for doing exactly that?

The online travel community 52 Perfect Days is holding a travel writing contest this summer asking writers to tell, in 1,000 words, how to spend a perfect day, night, weekend, or week in a National Park, National Monument, National Seashore, or Historic Park in the United States or Canada.

Win, and 52 Perfect Days will send you to Hawaii or Palm Springs, among other prizes. Entries are judged by the website's editorial staff based on the writer's ability to capture the whole experience and engage the reader. Writers must be at least 18 years old, and be legal residents of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

The submission deadline is October 31, so if no ideas come to mind right now, you've got plenty of time to plan a summer trip!

Check out our Point Reyes Hostel, the only non-tent lodging inside Point Reyes National Seashore. From what Lonely Planet calls "one of the best backyards of any hostel ever," you can walk to the beach, access dozens of gorgeous hillside and coastside hiking trails, and see all kinds of native plants and wildlife.

Or head to our Marin Headlands Hostel, where you'll stay in century-old officer's quarters nestled between green hills and a stand of eucalyptus trees. The Marin Headlands are just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes Muir Woods National Monument, a handful of historic forts in San Francisco, various beaches, and the infamous Alcatraz Island.

Also within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is our San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel -- the most famous hostel in the city -- from which you get unparalleled views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. In historic Fort Mason, the hostel is near the waterfront, walking and biking trails, Aquatic Park, and the Marina Green.

Have a great experience in those parks or hostels but don't feel like writing 1,000 words? Post your travel tips on one of our Facebook pages -- we and your fellow travelers would love to hear them.

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Stay at one of our three National Park hostels -- HI-Point Reyes, HI-Marin Headlands, or the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel.