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. Take a look at how to revel in the sunshine Sacramento-style, and be sure to add stop in California’s capital to your trip to San Francisco.
Lay in a Hammock and Watch the World Go By
Sometimes it’s just too hot to do too much, and when it’s summer time and the living is easy, the best place to be is in the shade, lazing in the hammock on HI Sacramento’s front porch. Add some new friends and ice-cold drinks and you’ve got the perfect summer afternoon.
Have a Jam at Concerts in the Park
Mix and mingle with locals at Cesar Chavez Park (a short walk from the hostel) while Sacramento bands and national acts provide the soundtrack to the perfect twilight. Entry is free and dinner is taken care of thanks to the fleet of food trucks in the park.
Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Each summer, HI Sacramento hosts bike-in movies (like a drive-in, but with bicycles) for locals and guests in the back patio. It’s always a fun event with giveaways and snacks, plus, of course, classic movies like Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters playing on a large screen under the stars.
Frolic Amongst the Flowers
Amongst the farms with fresh fruit and vegetables, there are also bursts of flowers growing in the rich soils of this part of California. If you’re driving here from San Francisco, you can see the sunflowers in bloom on acres of farms in Woodland, and there are parks in and around Sacramento where you can marvel at all the colors of the world.
Go Cruising on a Bike
The city of Sacramento is mercifully flat and just perfect for exploring from the two wheels of a bike. Go see what downtown has to offer in the way of local breweries and taquerias, or venture a bit further along the American River Trail for a scenic ride.
Or Go Cruising on the Open Road
There is much to be explored in this corner of the world and there is nothing that screams quintessential California summer more than a road trip. Grab a picnic and some friends and venture out beyond the city limits to the Foresthill Bridge or a national park nearby for breathtaking views and an experience of sides of California that are little more off the beaten path.
Eat Your Heart Out
Sacramento is the farm-to-fork capital of America and it’s pretty easy to embrace that culture here thanks to the daily farmer’s markets happening all around town. Get your fill of fresh summer goodies to prepare back at the hostel’s kitted-out kitchen. After all, food is the easiest way to make friends.
HI USA Tip: Make the most of your stay at HI Sacramento with these insider tips from hostel General Manager Marc.