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.
It’s summer in the San Francisco Bay Area! OK, not really. But it sure feels like it these days. The famously foggy City by the Bay and its surrounding areas can get downright chilly during the real summer months. But many of our late-autumn and early-winter days bring the kind of sunshine and clear skies that just make you want to get outdoors. Luckily, the Bay Area has thousands of acres of National Parks to help you do just that.
There are giants in California. They jut out of soil dampened by fog rolling in from the Pacific and reach greater heights than any other living thing on the planet. They are the coast redwoods: the world’s tallest trees. Many of them grow to be over 200 feet tall and the tallest soar to over 350 feet -- higher than a 30 story skyscraper.
Rainfall in the Bay Area brings many wonderful things: snow in the mountains, wildflowers to the hillsides, and water to the handful of small but mighty waterfalls in Marin County. For those who enjoy a reward after a long hike, consider these four hikes around the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes hostels and enjoy a gorgeous stroll through Marin County open space with a waterfall waiting at the end.
Point Reyes National Seashore is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Trails Challenge fundraiser! The Point Reyes National Seashore Association, the park's nonprofit partner, and the National Park Service are establishing a Trails Trust for the well-loved trails and paths of Point Reyes that need to be updated and maintained. In honor of the park's birthday, and to kickstart trail renovations, the Trails Challenge -- which challenges hikers and equestrians to explore all 150 miles of trails -- is a benefit for the Trails Trust.