Last month marked the opening of Hostelling International USA's newest facility, a 480-bed hostel in the heart of downtown Boston. HI-Boston's spacious new building offers modern, stylish, and friendly accommodations for travelers looking for an affordable place to stay in the vibrant capital city of Massachusetts.
Old buildings are relics of bygone eras -- three-dimensional structures that can evoke the past through an accessible art form. In the character of a building -- an adobe hut, a Roman column, a castle on a hill -- a whole history can be revealed.
A distinct component of the San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower stands out from the crowd. North of the Financial District's highrises, the 210-foot art deco tower juts into the sky from the top of Telegraph Hill. For many, the highlight of visiting the tower is taking an elevator ride to the top for a wonderful panorama of the city, the bay, and its famous islands and bridges.
The City of San Francisco has a lot to celebrate this summer. In addition to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's longest running music festival is also commemorating its 75th year. Since 1938, the Stern Grove Festival has presented a wide variety of local and international performing artists in the idyllic setting of Sigmund Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
Point Reyes National Seashore is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Trails Challenge fundraiser! The Point Reyes National Seashore Association, the park's nonprofit partner, and the National Park Service are establishing a Trails Trust for the well-loved trails and paths of Point Reyes that need to be updated and maintained. In honor of the park's birthday, and to kickstart trail renovations, the Trails Challenge -- which challenges hikers and equestrians to explore all 150 miles of trails -- is a benefit for the Trails Trust.