It's time to party like you've got one horcrux left! Or if you're not a fan of the famous wizarding series, then party like you're in San Francisco with an awesome local guide! Meet Jesse James: Harry Potter enthusiast, dive bar aficionado, off-beat historian, and public transportation pro. As the activities coordinator at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel, Jesse plans fun and interactive events that leave guests stupefied.
Pulling in to Old Sacramento, I feel like I've just stepped out of a time machine. The Old West really comes alive in this bustling neighborhood, paved in cobblestone and adorned with vintage-esque signs and window fronts. I can almost hear the "clack" of horseshoes and the "swish" of hoopskirts.
Known originally as Yerba Buena, San Francisco was once a tiny, rural village with 500 permanent inhabitants. It was barely a town before the discovery of gold in 1849 and the mass migration that soon followed – by the end of that year, the lure of gold had drawn 25,000 new residents. From that initial spark, San Francisco burst onto the world stage as a city of overnight invention, and has since become the birthplace of many original and innovative creations.
From oysters to organic, Point Reyes has established itself as a must-visit destination for food lovers. The population of Point Reyes Station may be just 848, but these locals know how to impress the thousands of out-of-towners who flock to this tiny gastronomic heaven.
Hoping to continue our "Urban Hiking" series, which has so far taken readers across the Golden Gate Bridge and through Golden Gate Park, I set out to find an urban trek from our San Francisco Downtown Hostel. There aren't many parks nearby big enough to warrant a trip, and the most popular walking paths downtown are between the many stores in the Union Square shopping district.