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Five Photo Spots that Show You Know the Real SF

A selfie in front of the Golden Gate Bridge… a profile shot of yourself gazing pensively out from Coit Tower… a casual wave as you hang off the side of a cable car… there are countless classic photo-ops all over San Francisco. But even the classics can get tired, especially in a city whose architecture and landscapes have been scrapbook staples for years. 

Become a National Geographic Explorer in our Bay Area National Parks

Let's be honest: what traveler among us has never dreamed of working with National Geographic? Exploring the great outdoors, discovering new species, photographing plant- and animal-life up-close… there's something inherently adventurous and cool about this company that's been "inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888."

What to do on a Rainy Hostel Day, No Matter Where You're Staying

So, you finally come out to California for your sun-filled, beach-tastic vacation, and what happens? It decides to rain. It's nothing personal: the Northern California weather can be indecisive, with warm snaps in the winter and rain storms pretty much any time. The good news is, the rain isn't always here to stay. And the better news is, even when it's cats and dogs outside, there are still plenty of ways to experience everything that makes Northern California special.

Two Perfect Days at Point Montara

Crashing waves, sand between your toes, the smell of the salty ocean air… who can resist the temptations of a coastal getaway every once in a while? Here in Northern California, our wild and windswept beaches offer easy escapes from the San Francisco Bay Area, even if you're short on time. 

Marc Johnson’s Newbie Guide to Sacramento

The brand-new General Manager over at HI-Sacramento, Marc Johnson, hasn't been in town long. This consummate traveler's fresh off a string of stints living in Washington, Texas, and even London. But even though he just unpacked his bags in Sacramento a few months ago, he can already tell there's something special about this town. "The more I see of it, the more I want to see," he says. 

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