San Francisco is known for a lot of things, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Summer of Love. But one of the city’s most infamous features, Karl the Fog, means that the City by the Bay is also known as a place where sunshine can be a rarity. When the sun does come out to play though, San Francisco is a glorious place to be, and there are plenty of sweet spots where you can make the most of the warmth and soak in some Vitamin D.
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On the surface, the city of Sausalito might seem like a standard tourist hot-spot with waterfront eateries, pricey boutiques, and not much else for the traveler who likes to go off the beaten path. But the truth is, if you venture off the main road, you’ll find the places where the locals hang out and the bayside city’s laid-back, artsy character is revealed.
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.
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.