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14 Historical Highlights of San Francisco’s Fort Mason

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The City by the Bay has a rich and colorful history that reflects its melting pot population and role in California culture. When you stay at any of HI USA’s three hostels in San Francisco, you can get a taste of the city’s vibrant past on our free walking and bicycle tours and through interactions with hostel staff. However, when you stay at HI SF Fisherman’s Wharf, you get to be totally immersed in a slice of Bay Area history, as the hostel sits within a National Park that originally served as an army post for more than a century.

Bike San Francisco: Best of Biking in the Bay

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One of the things to love about San Francisco is that, despite its reputation as a hilly city, it’s extremely bicycle friendly and you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re in town staying at any of HI USA’s hostels in San Francisco, a great way to experience the City by the Bay on two wheels is to join the Bike the Bridge tour offered every Tuesday.

Karessa Goes to Colombia thanks to HI USA Scholarship

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Karessa Irvin is a real traveler. That is, she is the type of traveler who seeks out hyperlocal experiences and gets to know people so she can better understand their cultures and find the similarities and embrace the differences between them. When she got the chance to travel to Colombia through the Princeton in Latin America program, which partners recent college graduates in the U.S. with non-profit, humanitarian organizations in Latin America, Karessa knew this was something she wanted to do.

These are the Best Things about Marin Headlands in the Fall

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While the rest of the country is saying goodbye to the dog days of summer, over at HI Marin Headlands things are only starting to warm up. The best kept secret in this little corner of California is the fall time, when the perpetual fog seems to finally retreat and the weather is just right for outdoor adventures. Here are four of our favorite reasons this cozy, welcoming hostel is perfect for the out-of-season traveler who isn’t quite ready to let go of the magic of summer just yet. 

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Featured Traveler: James from Australia

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The only thing better than getting to know a new city when you’re travelling is getting to know your fellow wanderers and the different places they are from. The absolute best part though, is discovering that despite whatever differences you may have – language, fashion sense, or taste in music – you almost certainly have a few things in common, like a shared love of adventure and new experiences. 

Jeff’s Favorite Things near HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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Staying at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a treat for travelers, whether they’re San Franciscans escaping the city for the weekend, or they’re adventurers making their way up the California coast for the ultimate road trip. The stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches, and the sweet small town of Pescadero make for the perfect getaway, especially when you know how to do it just right.