Every city and town around the world has its own little quirks and characteristics that make it interesting, and the reason we travel is to experience these differences and take a little piece of them with us when we move on to the next destination. When you stay at our HI San Francisco hostels, you’re getting a chance to experience the City by the Bay in a way that will leave you with a deeper understanding of the people, the places, and the micro-cultures that make up the colorful mosaic of this corner of the world.
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The first thing Marc Edwards did when he arrived at HI Sacramento hostel to start as General Manager was rearrange the tables spread around the hostel’s dining room so they were together as a long, single communal dining table. Today, Marc is still devoted to making the old Victorian mansion feel like home for guests, and a place for locals to be part of the travel community, with events like the monthly Bike-In Movie.
The picture of a perfect summer in California pretty much paints itself – gorgeous beaches for lazing and playing, #nofilter scenery and the seemingly infinite possibilities for wonderful adventures in big cities, small towns and all the exciting places in between. Up at HI Point Reyes hostel, the warmer weather means picturesque days amongst the wildflowers and wildlife in the national park, plus a host of fun things to see and do.
One of the thrills of travel is that excited flutter you get when your plane is about to land, or when you round a corner and are met with the delight of seeing something wonderful and new. It’s the thing that makes travelling so addictive, and it’s one reason why hostel: there are more chances to experience something new when you’re staying at the kinds of unique lodgings HI USA offers across the country.
There’s a lot to love about California’s capital city. Especially if you ask Marc Edwards, general manager at HI Sacramento hostel, who’s lived in four major cities including San Francisco and Washington D.C. Apart from being rich in history as a state capital and Gold Rush town, Sacramento is one of the most bike-friendly cities in California and also happens to be America’s farm-to-fork capital, making it a great destination for all kinds of travelers. “I personally love Sac because the people are friendly,” says Marc.
There’s something about the humble picnic – the simple pleasure of sharing a meal outside with great company while the sun shines happily from above – that makes it feel good to be alive. Now that we can gearing up to celebrate the beginning of summer and all the good things that come with it, we can also start getting excited about all the picnics to be had in spectacular places. HI Marin Headlands hostel, which is lucky to call one of Northern California’s national parks home, is a paradise for spending time outdoors, especially if you’re up for a bit of al fresco dining.