So you’ve come to visit San Francisco, and along with checking out the city’s famous bridge during HI SF Downtown hostel’s bicycle tour, you’ve got a visit to Golden Gate Park on your list of must-dos. Along with being a mecca for Summer of Love pilgrims, the park is a 1,000-acre wonderland of beautiful landmarks and has a world of activities for art and science lovers, outdoor sports fanatics, and nature enthusiasts. So where do you start?
With its near-perfect weather and big-but-small city vibes, Sacramento offers an excellent little slice of Northern California culture when you want to experience a bit of natural beauty, history, and great food all in one trip. Known as the City of Trees, California’s capital has many great spots where you can unwind amongst beautiful scenery, whether it’s in a city park or out along a never ending stretch of highway.
So you’ve come to visit San Francisco and you’d like to hit the town, but you’re also traveling on a budget. The good news is when you stay at HI San Francisco hostels, there are plenty of ways to experience the City by the Bay on the cheap, including during our activities like the weekly pub crawl where you get to visit excellent local bars and make friends with fellow travelers. Then once you’ve made friends, you can go out and explore San Francisco’s nightlife on the cheap at some of our favorite spots.
One of the magical things about California is the cute beach towns lining the coast along Highway 1. Away from major cities, life here is a little more laid back and there’s a bit more authentic local culture to experience.
Any traveler who plans to spend a night or two at HI Point Reyes hostel in the infinitely interesting Point Reyes National Seashore should be prepared to forget that the bustle of the rest of the world exists. Here, where it’s mercifully free of Wi-Fi-fueled distractions and the sounds of highway traffic, you get to reconnect with nature and soak in the sights and sounds of unspoiled California.
Summer days are here, and it feels like the world is your oyster with so many fun things to do and adventures to be had. Many travelers will be heading to HI Marin Headlands hostel to hike along scenic trails, hang out with locals and their dogs at Rodeo Beach, and explore Sausalito sitting pretty alongside the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re joining them, you might also be looking for some hidden gems and insider tips to sweeten the trip, and we know just the person who can point you in the right direction.