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.
Summer is here, and though San Francisco can sometimes seem like it’s a little late to the party, there are plenty of glorious hot days throughout the rest of Northern California perfect for bathing by a beach and cooling off with a swim. Check out these secret beaches and freshwater rivers and lakes conveniently close to HI USA hostels in Northern California where you can take in some pretty stunning scenery and spend the day splashing about.
There are so many reasons to love the summer, and the long, adventure-filled days and warm, fragrant nights are especially lovely when you’re traveling to a new city and staying at a hostel like HI Sacramento. Aside from getting to wake up in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, you’ll also get to experience a Northern California summer like the locals here do.
Steam rose from the rain-soaked concrete at the Emeryville Amtrak Station, where I was boarding a morning train to HI Sacramento hostel. Inside the train car I overheard a young woman with an indeterminable European accent ask another passenger which was the side with the best views. “This side,” he said, meaning the left side facing the tracks and a couple of tall hotel buildings, so that’s how I chose my own seat.
At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.
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Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, which opened in September 2016, is an all in one-in-one venue for entertainment, and yet another excellent reason to visit California’s capital city. The downtown arena is set to host sporting events, live music concerts and a variety of shows, from Disney on Ice to WWE wrestling, and it’s right in the heart of a buzzing downtown. The best part? HI Sacramento hostel is the perfect home-away-from-home place to stay while you’re in town for a good time.