Witness the gray whale migration in Northern California

Gray whale fluke

Isn’t it magical to think that while you’re standing on the shore of a beach, gazing at the blanket of ocean, there is an entire world just underneath the surface, a world that’s home to one of the biggest creatures that has ever lived? And while we hardly ever see them from the shore, there’s a special time of the year – every winter and spring – when the Pacific coast becomes a highway for the great grey whale migration and land-dwellers get to spy these enigmatic animals.

Cycle by HI SF Downtown and HI Pigeon Point for the ALC

Aids life cycle ride

Sunday, May 31st marks the start of AIDS/LifeCycle 2015 - a 545 mile, seven day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Hostelling International San Francisco Downtown is happy to once again welcome the AIDS/LifeCycle community, and will be rolling out the red carpet with a special welcome reception in honor of the event and the long road ahead!  Drinks, snacks, bike stories, and more!

East Bay Escape for Sunny Trails & Picnics

Tilden park hiking

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. 

5 Spots for Big-Money Views On the Cheap

Corona Heights Park

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.