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5 Cool Things to Do Within Walking Distance of HI SF Downtown

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Travelers love to stay at HI San Francisco Downtown hostel because it’s situated in the very heart of the City by the Bay, making it an excellent base for getting to know the ins and outs like a local while also seeing the big sights. All you have to do is gather a group of fellow wanderers (breakfast is prime plan-making time at any hostel) and take to the streets. Need a little guidance?

Streets of San Francisco: Market Street

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Like a strong spine that supports a body, Market Street is San Francisco’s main thoroughfare running from the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero to the Twin Peaks neighborhood in the southwest. This highly trafficked street is where you’ll find the city’s flavors and colors coming together in a cacophony of characters: tourists and travelers from all over the world, tech industry men and women going to work in the disco-ball skyscrapers, and long-time locals popping into their favorite eateries and stores. 

9 Famous Addresses to Visit in San Francisco

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Sometimes, while you’re staying at a hostel, you’ll find it a little challenging to connect with your fellow travelers beyond the usual “where are you from?” conversation – maybe the language barrier is particularly strong or it’s extra difficult to find the flooring for common ground. That is, until someone name drops their favorite TV show or starts singing along to the familiar tune that’s playing in the hostel common area, and next thing you know you’re re-enacting famous scenes and performing impromptu karaoke with a brand new lifelong friend.

Stranger than Fiction: A Literary Walking Tour of SF

SF Beat Museum

Since the early days of the Gold Rush, San Francisco's given rise to an impressive cast of authors, poets, and literary game-changers. Some were born here; many made conscious decisions to relocate to the famously freethinking city; others simply took a liking to the place while passing through. But regardless of where they came from or how long they stayed, they all left their marks on the city in one way or another.