As we’ve mentioned before, San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which HI San Francisco City Center hostel calls home, is full of underrated beauty beneath its gritty surface. There’s the stunning architecture hidden in plain sight, and then there’s the larger-then-life pieces of art on the sides of tall buildings and in alleyways that turn the city into a giant public gallery.
things to do
We know that life on the road can be on the pricey side, especially in a city like San Francisco where it seems like there is an endless amount of things to do. Luckily, when you stay at HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel, you know you’re already saving on awesome accommodation (plus that free breakfast!), and you’ve got access to sweet in-house activities, which allow you to experience the city like a local.
If you’ve stayed at HI Monterey Hostel before, you might have had the pleasure of meeting Markus McMahon, friendly guest services associate and walking Wikipedia page for all things related to this corner of the California coast.
On clear nights when the moon is new, astrophotography enthusiasts and keen Instagrammers flock to HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse to capture otherworldly images of an expansive sky flooded with stars. In winter months, the stargazers are treated to views of Orion in all his glory in the west, the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux right above him, the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major pointing to Polaris the North Star, the Little Dipper in Ursa Minor, plus a host of unnamed stars twinkling many light years away.
One of the things that makes San Francisco beautiful is the colorful collection of people from many corners of the world who contribute to the eclectic melting pot of a city. Generations of settlers have brought the rituals, arts and foods of their home countries, connecting travelers and visitors with different cultures just within the Bay.
So you’ve decided to visit San Francisco – ride a trolley, eat a giant burrito, see the Golden Gate Bridge – and you’re wondering what else you can do after ticking off those big bucket list items. The right answer is to go across the famous bridge and spend a night or two at HI Marin Headlands hostel, which sits pretty within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.