If your life has been positively affected by a hostel stay; if your favorite memories revolve around the ocean; if you believe the beauty of California's coastline belongs to everyone, Hostelling International USA needs your support. On Dec. 10, HI USA will be participating in a workshop with the California Coastal Commission, discussing the use of Commission funds for current and future investment in affordable accommodations along the California Coastline. And we want our loyal hostellers at our side when we get there.
We've all heard that there's no place like home for the holidays. But at HI USA, we believe there's a hidden meaning behind the old adage: sometimes, spending the holidays far from your comfort zone can be a great thing! Just ask any traveler who's ever shared a holiday meal with a group of new friends, or anyone who's unwittingly arrived in a foreign country at the start of an exotic holiday season.
Sacramento and agriculture are inextricably linked: each year, the region churns out a huge percentage of the produce consumed in California and the rest of the country. Its dedication to – and skill at – feeding the country has even earned Sacramento the nickname "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital."
In fact, eating local has become such a big deal in Sacramento that indulgence in the city's foodie scene is just as important a visitor experience for as a tour of the Capitol or a stroll around Sutter's Fort.
The year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service (NPS), and though we're still a couple years away from the centennial our friends at the NPS are already excited! As a lead-up to the organization's big birthday, our friends from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) have put together a list of 101 Ways to Recreate in the Golden Gate. And we liked their list so much, we decided to put together our own!
Every traveler's got a favorite go-to souvenir: postcards from each city they visit. Cheesy, "wish you were here" T-shirts. But what if, instead of buying a physical reminder of each trip, you could take home a new experience, a new skill, and new memories to last a lifetime?
A caffeine fix, a break from the go-go-go lifestyle of backpacking, a ringside look at the local culture – there are so many reasons we love stopping into neighborhood cafés wherever our travels take us. And here in Northern California, there are endless ways to make a run-of-the-mill refueling stop into a one-of-a-kind experience: from no-frills cups of Joe at corner mainstays, to sweet concoctions in exotic neighborhoods, to artful pours of espresso at high-class hideaways, here a few of our favorites spots for coffee and culture.