Portland’s annual Rose Festival is a bit of an institution that celebrates the ‘weird’ city’s colorful culture. The multi-month-long fiesta features a wide array of activities, like bright and lively parades, food and beer events and, of course, displays of impressive blooms of roses of many shades and hues. With such an extensive program of things to do and see, it might seem a little daunting to figure out what not to miss – but that’s what we’re here for!
A stay at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf means you’ve got everything at your fingertips. Being in the historic Fort Mason, a former military post, means that travelers have access to a wealth of museums and eateries, as well as stunning views of the San Francisco Bay on one side, and the sprawl of the city on the other.
One of the thrills of travel is that excited flutter you get when your plane is about to land, or when you round a corner and are met with the delight of seeing something wonderful and new. It’s the thing that makes travelling so addictive, and it’s one reason why hostel: there are more chances to experience something new when you’re staying at the kinds of unique lodgings HI USA offers across the country.
There’s a lot to love about California’s capital city. Especially if you ask Marc Edwards, general manager at HI Sacramento hostel, who’s lived in four major cities including San Francisco and Washington D.C. Apart from being rich in history as a state capital and Gold Rush town, Sacramento is one of the most bike-friendly cities in California and also happens to be America’s farm-to-fork capital, making it a great destination for all kinds of travelers. “I personally love Sac because the people are friendly,” says Marc.
There’s something about the humble picnic – the simple pleasure of sharing a meal outside with great company while the sun shines happily from above – that makes it feel good to be alive. Now that we can gearing up to celebrate the beginning of summer and all the good things that come with it, we can also start getting excited about all the picnics to be had in spectacular places. HI Marin Headlands hostel, which is lucky to call one of Northern California’s national parks home, is a paradise for spending time outdoors, especially if you’re up for a bit of al fresco dining.