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.
Everybody loves a county fair, unless they hate fun! County fairs are classic American pastimes, not to mention absolute staples of summer, like ice cream and sunburns. Care to partake in this summertime merriment while visiting one of our Northern California hostels? Well then throw on some cowboy boots and buckle your wonky, rollercoaster seatbelt -- here's our round up of the biggest and best state and county fairs.
Forty years ago -- thanks to the persistence, vision, and hard work of dedicated volunteers -- the Point Reyes Hostel opened its doors, charging $1.50 - $2.00 for a bed in newly renovated ranch buildings set in a spectacular coastal wilderness.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation that created the Point Reyes National Seashore. Fifty years later, Point Reyes is a beloved National Park that is visited by millions of people from all over the world. On Saturday, September 8, the park celebrates its 50th anniversary with a reception and oak-planting ceremony at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.