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Pigeon Point Bucket List: Candelabra Tree Trail

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Whether you’ve just come from San Francisco up the coast, or across the world, as soon as you arrive at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse you’ll know that this is somewhere you’ll have to visit again. This home-away-from-hostel is a beachy haven in the summer time, and a cozy base for exploring the area’s winter wildlife in the cooler months.

5 Reasons to Visit Monterey this Winter

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When most people think of Monterey, they probably see the central California town as a summer destination because of its pretty beaches along the bright, blue Pacific, and scenic hills ripe for hiking. But one of the best kept secrets of this area is actually the winter. This is when nature tends to show off and any humans lucky enough to be here get to experience wild California. Book a stay at HI Monterey today for a winter escape that’s a little different from the ordinary. 

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4 San Francisco Foods to Warm You Up This Winter

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No matter what time of the year you’re visiting, San Francisco is an excellent city if your travel is generally motivated by your taste buds. In the winter time when it’s cold, but not too cold to explore the diverse neighborhoods packed within just 49 square miles, you’ll easily find delicious options to warm you up from the inside. There are dishes from all over the world to reflect the international communities that have come to call this place home.

3 Day Trips You Should Take When You Stay at HI Marin Headlands

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When you stay at HI Marin Headlands hostel you have access to all the best things there are to experience in the Bay Area: San Francisco is just a ferry ride away, there’s a beach a short hike from your bed, and you’re surrounded by beautiful nature in the form of trees and rolling hills. While you don’t have to go far to get a lot, there are also some great day trips you should try take to get off-the-beaten path. 

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Great Hostel Give Back

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At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.

What is GHGB?

7 Ways to Do Good While Visiting San Francisco This Winter

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If you’re lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco during the most wonderful time of the year, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to fun festivities to get into. Along with hosting holiday outings and lively group dinners, one of our favorite ways to get festive during the holidays is to volunteer in the communities around our hostels in San Francisco. It’s a nice reminder to keep a little perspective and to show our appreciation for the people and places that make the City by the Bay so great. 

Help prepare and serve meals at St. Anthony’s 

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