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Pigeon Point Bucket List: Candelabra Tree Trail

Butano State Park

Whether you’ve just come from San Francisco up the coast, or across the world, as soon as you arrive at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse you’ll know that this is somewhere you’ll have to visit again. This home-away-from-hostel is a beachy haven in the summer time, and a cozy base for exploring the area’s winter wildlife in the cooler months.

These are the Best Things about Marin Headlands in the Fall

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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. 

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Jeff’s Favorite Things near HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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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.

Scenic Sacramento: Drives and Picnic Spots in Northern California

Sacramento Capital City Bike Tour

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.

Point Reyes Safari: Wildlife Viewing in Northern California

Point Reyes Deer

Any traveler who plans to spend a night or two at HI Point Reyes hostel in the infinitely interesting Point Reyes National Seashore should be prepared to forget that the bustle of the rest of the world exists. Here, where it’s mercifully free of Wi-Fi-fueled distractions and the sounds of highway traffic, you get to reconnect with nature and soak in the sights and sounds of unspoiled California.

5 Local Tips for Summer in Marin

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Summer days are here, and it feels like the world is your oyster with so many fun things to do and adventures to be had. Many travelers will be heading to HI Marin Headlands hostel to hike along scenic trails, hang out with locals and their dogs at Rodeo Beach, and explore Sausalito sitting pretty alongside the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re joining them, you might also be looking for some hidden gems and insider tips to sweeten the trip, and we know just the person who can point you in the right direction.

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