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Ways to travel responsibly in San Francisco

marin headlands golden gate bridge view

San Francisco is known for its dedication to protecting the planet by keeping things green. That means almost everywhere you go you’ll find ways to do right by Mother Earth, whether it’s as simple as separating your garbage or eating at a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. Besides choosing to stay at HI hostels in San Francisco, which all try to do their part when it comes to encouraging conscious travel, you can get into the city’s spirit of sustainability with these quick tips that go beyond recycling. 

A Quick Guide to Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay Foods cheeses

When you’re in the mood to disconnect from modern life and reconnect with nature and yourself, there’s possibly no better place to spend a night or three than HI Point Reyes hostel. This tech-free zone makes it easy to lose some hours getting up close and personal with plants and wildlife, the expansive Pacific Ocean, and some of the best eating this side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

7 Great things about San Francisco spring

conservatory of flowers in golden gate park

Sure, the seasons in the Bay Area don’t seem to be that different from each other (except for those few weeks in October when it feels like real summer), but spring in San Francisco still feels like a magical thing. The rains leave beautiful blossoms all around the city, and there seems to be an endless list of cool things to do as everyone comes out of hiding. When you visit the HI San Francisco hostels, you should check off at least one of these spring fever activities on your list.

Here’s where to see spring flowers near Sacramento

northern california wildflowers

If you don’t already, you should have a Northern California wildflower trek on your bucket list for this spring. Every year, people come from all over just to experience the brilliant blooms that take over the hills and valleys in parks and along the road, and once you find yourself standing in a field surrounded by bright orange California poppies, or impossible-yellow buttercups, you’ll understand why. 

Where to Eat Like a Local Near Half Moon Bay

Point Montara today

One of the perks of staying at hostels is the fact that you have access to a kitchen where you can make your own meals – you get to save money and you’re more than likely to make a new friend or two while you cook. We also know though, that travelling is about the delicious experience of trying local foods and visiting quirky off-the-beaten-path spots, and we always like to share our favorites with the hungry and adventurous. 

6 Underrated Romantic Spots in San Francisco

cafe franco fort mason

Whether you’ve traveled to the City by the Bay with your someone special, or you’re in town solo or with a group of friends, there’s always some romance to be had in San Francisco. Between the fog-topped peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge and the shimmering waters of the bay, you will find indoor spots, hidden views, and outdoor spaces that will leave you feeling loved up.