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Off the Beaten Path Bucket List

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If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go to new places so that you can get a better understanding of the people and the culture that makes the essence of a city, then you’re not likely to turn to oft-visited websites and guide books for suggestions of things to do and see. That’s why we’ve created our own little Bucket List – one that’s great for those who are returning to San Francisco and looking for new experiences and deeper exploration, as well as for first-time visitors who like to steer clear of tourist magnets.

Meet Anthony Jones, Activities Coordinator at HI SF City Center

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We choose to hostel not just because we’re looking to pinch a few pennies while travelling, but for the feeling that seems to only exist in these spaces. At hostels, strangers don’t seem that strange and the commonness of everyone’s adventurous spirits is far more important than any differences that might exist. Because as most seasoned hostellers can attest, it’s the people that make the experience – not just the travelers you may be sharing a dorm with, but the staff of locals who make sure that you head to your next destination feeling enriched and renewed.

History and Heart in San Francisco's Tenderloin

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Every major city in the world has that neighborhood: the one that’s a little rough around the edges, that has the interesting characters, and that the guide books might tell you that you can skip. But sometimes these places can also have the most interesting histories, offer great insights into the way that a city came to be, and introduce you to a side with more local flair than you’ll find on the beaten tourist path.  

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