When you stay at the lovely HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel on the California coast, you have access to some awesome attractions practically at your doorstep: there’s the ocean with tide pools and abundance of wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, the charming town of Pescadero, and the nearby farms with delicious eats (artichokes anyone?).
One of the best things about staying at HI Point Reyes hostel is the proximity to pure, unadulterated nature. There’s serenity amongst the trees and soul-refreshing air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean, and guests from far and wide flock to the hostel as base from which they can explore the expanse of Point Reyes National Seashore. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just enjoy relaxing walks in the wild, you’ll find a trail to satisfy your yearning for the great outdoors.
Limantour Beach Hike
So you’ve decided to visit San Francisco – ride a trolley, eat a giant burrito, see the Golden Gate Bridge – and you’re wondering what else you can do after ticking off those big bucket list items. The right answer is to go across the famous bridge and spend a night or two at HI Marin Headlands hostel, which sits pretty within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Now more than ever, travelers are becoming more conscious about the impact we’re all having on the planet, and how important it is to try and minimize our carbon footprints while we’re on the road. The good news is that there are places like HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel where your stay is green from the get-go.
By Marguerite Richards
If you’re beginning to curse the magical mist of San Francisco, we understand. This is California, people. Sheesh! Where’s the sunshine? We know our fairytale fog can start to feel comedic or even tragic after a while. So if you’re getting a hankering for heat, we suggest you head over to the East Bay for a hike in the sun. Check out East Bay Parks for many great ideas.
By Marguerite Richards
Visitors often arrive to the Golden Gate City with visions of lovely Lombard Street, its steep hairpin turns dominating the mind’s eye. Navigating newcomers can be surprised by less-than-foot-friendly mini mountains to summit on their tours. But here’s the skinny on those hills: they’ll lead you to dozens of vistas all across the city, many with 360-degree panoramas. Locals pay millions for postcard-perfect picture windows to get these same views, but you don’t have to.