One of the reasons we love to travel is to find surprises in places that may seem familiar. The Point Reyes National Seashore, a seemingly unending expanse of nature hugging the craggy Pacific coast, is the type of place where you can be constantly surprised, whether it’s by a chance encounter with local wildlife, or by meeting the person you’re going to marry at HI Point Reyes hostel (it’s happened!).
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.
One of the best things about staying at HI Point Reyes hostel is the proximity to pure, unadulterated nature. There’s serenity amongst the trees and soul-refreshing air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean, and guests from far and wide flock to the hostel as base from which they can explore the expanse of Point Reyes National Seashore. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just enjoy relaxing walks in the wild, you’ll find a trail to satisfy your yearning for the great outdoors.
Limantour Beach Hike
By Marguerite Richards
If you’re beginning to curse the magical mist of San Francisco, we understand. This is California, people. Sheesh! Where’s the sunshine? We know our fairytale fog can start to feel comedic or even tragic after a while. So if you’re getting a hankering for heat, we suggest you head over to the East Bay for a hike in the sun. Check out East Bay Parks for many great ideas.
From National Park land to downtown streetscapes, hillside perches to coastal lighthouses, HI hostels are located in some of the most beautiful settings Northern California has to offer. So perhaps it's not surprising that so many staff members across our hostel network are talented (and prolific) artists: they've got a lot of inspiration to work with!
An escape to the middle of nowhere always sounds great. Until, that is, you get there and suddenly realize: there's nothing to do. Of course, if you're lucky - or if you've planned your getaway just right - you end up in a place where "middle of nowhere" meets "plenty to do." A place like Point Reyes National Seashore.