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How to Do Portland on the Cheap

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For those of us with the incurable thirst for travel and the never-satisfied itch for new adventures and new people-meeting, we know that sometimes not even those moths flying out of our empty wallets can prevent us from hitting the road. Fortunately, a stay at an HI USA hostel means you don’t have to blow your whole budget on a bed, and you get the added perks of connecting with people who also have the travel bug. And if you’re looking for a destination with plenty to do and see no matter how much you’re working with, we’ve got the place for you: Portland. 

5 Reasons to Spend Earth Hour and Earth Day at HI Point Montara

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One thing that all HI USA hostels have in common is that they strive to be good to the Earth and minimize the impact that traveling may have on the environment. From HI Boston in the East all the way to HI Point Montara on the West Coast, our hostels try to be as sustainable and green as possible, so you can keep seeing the world with a clean conscious!

Monterey: A Mini Music Capital

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Sitting between the two pop-culture powerhouse cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Monterey might not stand out as a pioneer town for anything except gorgeous beaches and laid-back living. But in truth, this is a town of firsts: it has California’s first state historic monument, it was where the Golden State’s first newspaper was printed, and it’s also home to California’s first state theater.

Artists in Residence: Jeff at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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From National Park land to downtown streetscapes, hillside perches to coastal lighthouses, HI USA hostels are located in some of the most beautiful settings Northern California has to offer. So perhaps it’s not surprising that so many staff members across our hostel network are talented (and prolific) artists: they’ve got a lot of inspiration to work with!

5 Ways to Get Arty in Point Reyes

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The Point Reyes National Seashore is known as a refuge for those who are looking to escape the chaos and calamity of everyday life. Within the expanse of the park, you get the serenity of green trees and shrubs on the hills and the calming magic of the ocean that stretches out forever, so a stay at HI Point Reyes hostel feels like a soul-cleansing retreat. With all this nature for inspiration, it makes sense that the little nearby town of Point Reyes Station is also quite the haven for artists.

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