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Tour the Pacific coast with an HI-West Coast passport -- and get a free t-shirt!

Who doesn't love passport stamps? Stamps are like little badges of honor, awarded to the adventurous wanderer, and serve as tangible reminders of the memories made while exploring new places. Hostelling International is pleased to offer 27 stamps to add to your collection, with the HI-West Coast passport. Collect a free souvenir stamp at each West Coast hostel in the U.S.

Capital Wine: Come thirsty to Sacramento's tasting rooms

Are you a wine-lover seeking an alternative to the standard Napa and Sonoma scenes? The tasting rooms and urban wineries flourishing in Sacramento might be just what you're looking for. Sacramento County's vineyards -- all 27,000+ acres of them, as of 2012 -- have established the region as a wine destination, and now you can imbibe the tasting room experience without ever leaving metropolitan Sacramento. 

Call for Entries: “Share the Experience” photo contest

Entry Deadline: December 31, 2013
Love photography and the great outdoors? The 2013 Share the Experience photo contest could be your chance to shine! This competition invites amateur photographers to submit photos that showcase the best of America's federal lands, National Parks, and historic sites for a chance to win a $15,000 grand prize. Start uploading and you could also be one of the lucky weekly winners to recieve an Annual Federal Recreation Lands Pass.

Summertime Fairs: Pigs, pies, prizes, oh my!

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.

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