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It's not too late to show your support for a U.S. hostelling postage stamp

Since the first hostel opened its doors in Germany in 1909, there have been over 1.2 billion overnight stays in hostels by travelers worldwide. Last year alone, travelers from more than 100 countries spent nearly one million nights in Hostelling International USA's 75 hostels. Now, with the international hostelling movement gearing up for it’s centennial in 2009, HI-USA members, alumni, supporters, and travel enthusiasts alike are coming together to propose a U.S. postage stamp to honor this history.

Travel back in time to Gold Rush Days in Sacramento

More than 200 tons of dirt will be dumped onto the streets of Old Sacramento as the annual Gold Rush Days festival "turns back the clock," transforming Sacramento's historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Costumed re-enactors, Wild West gun fights, musicians playing period instruments, and many aspects of life during the Gold Rush will be highlighted during the four-day event, August 31-September 3. Only horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians are allowed in the National Landmark District and State Historic Park during the festivities!

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