Karessa Irvin is a real traveler. That is, she is the type of traveler who seeks out hyperlocal experiences and gets to know people so she can better understand their cultures and find the similarities and embrace the differences between them. When she got the chance to travel to Colombia through the Princeton in Latin America program, which partners recent college graduates in the U.S. with non-profit, humanitarian organizations in Latin America, Karessa knew this was something she wanted to do.
While the rest of the country is saying goodbye to the dog days of summer, over at HI Marin Headlands things are only starting to warm up. The best kept secret in this little corner of California is the fall time, when the perpetual fog seems to finally retreat and the weather is just right for outdoor adventures. Here are four of our favorite reasons this cozy, welcoming hostel is perfect for the out-of-season traveler who isn’t quite ready to let go of the magic of summer just yet.
The only thing better than getting to know a new city when you’re travelling is getting to know your fellow wanderers and the different places they are from. The absolute best part though, is discovering that despite whatever differences you may have – language, fashion sense, or taste in music – you almost certainly have a few things in common, like a shared love of adventure and new experiences.
Staying at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a treat for travelers, whether they’re San Franciscans escaping the city for the weekend, or they’re adventurers making their way up the California coast for the ultimate road trip. The stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches, and the sweet small town of Pescadero make for the perfect getaway, especially when you know how to do it just right.
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?
With its near-perfect weather and big-but-small city vibes, Sacramento offers an excellent little slice of Northern California culture when you want to experience a bit of natural beauty, history, and great food all in one trip. Known as the City of Trees, California’s capital has many great spots where you can unwind amongst beautiful scenery, whether it’s in a city park or out along a never ending stretch of highway.