Welcome to San Francisco! The City by the Bay is a wonderland of things to do, see, and eat, and even though it might have a reputation as a pricey destination, it’s actually a pretty friendly spot for a traveler on a budget. HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel helps visitors makes the most of their visit by offering a number of free or cheap activities, like neighborhood walking tours and taco dinner nights, so you can experience local highlights and get insider tips.
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While summer is great in many destinations, there are also places that reach peak epicness in the fall and winter. The Point Reyes National Seashore, about an hour north of San Francisco, is one such place, especially if you’re the type of person who loves being immersed in nature and among the beautiful plants and animals that make our planet a magical place.
One of the best things about the Bay Area is its natural beauty and the many opportunities to escape the busy bustle of the city for a refreshing few hours amongst tall trees and breathtaking views. While you’re in town staying at HI San Francisco hostels, you might not have a car to take you up to the majestic Muir Woods or the network of trails in the Marin Headlands, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on rejuvenating nature time.
One of the many reasons to love travel is because it’s an excellent excuse to eat well in the interest of understanding different cultures and places through food. From giant burritos in San Francisco, to that perfectly gooey giant slice of New York pizza, there are local treats all across the country that are worth getting on the road for. In Portland, Oregon, which is a bit of a foodie haven thanks to its sustainable locavore culture, there are not only bucket list-worthy eats to try, there are also a lot of quirky places to try them, like food carts and converted buses.
One of the things to love about San Francisco is that, despite its reputation as a hilly city, it’s extremely bicycle friendly and you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re in town staying at any of HI USA’s hostels in San Francisco, a great way to experience the City by the Bay on two wheels is to join the Bike the Bridge tour offered every Tuesday.
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.