If you don’t already, you should have a Northern California wildflower trek on your bucket list for this spring. Every year, people come from all over just to experience the brilliant blooms that take over the hills and valleys in parks and along the road, and once you find yourself standing in a field surrounded by bright orange California poppies, or impossible-yellow buttercups, you’ll understand why.
When you stay at HI Marin Headlands hostel you have access to all the best things there are to experience in the Bay Area: San Francisco is just a ferry ride away, there’s a beach a short hike from your bed, and you’re surrounded by beautiful nature in the form of trees and rolling hills. While you don’t have to go far to get a lot, there are also some great day trips you should try take to get off-the-beaten path.
With summer fast approaching and sweet sunny days ahead, there are plenty of good reasons to go play along the central California coast and visit HI Monterey hostel, which makes the perfect base (with free parking) for all manner of fun and adventure. While the town is known for its famous aquarium and John Steinbeck’s immortalized Cannery Row, the greater Monterey area offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in, from serene, scenic hikes to exhilarating action out on the Monterey Bay.
Whether you’re used to warmer climates or quite content in the cold, there’s no denying that spring is a pretty wonderful time of the year. All the life that seems to have been hiding within the earth emerges, and the world seems to become a more colorful, brighter, livelier place. If you happen to be in Northern California during the spring and summer months, you’ll find that HI USA has some pretty sweet spots to do some Julie Andrews “Hills Are Alive” spinning around amongst beautiful blooms (or just regular viewing and photo snapping if you’re not the spinning type).
By Marguerite Richards
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." This is the infamous Mark Twain quote the locals will tease you with when you've arrived in shorts and skirts, prepared for a warm weather in San Francisco. Our chilly, often foggy, San Francisco days can catch visitors off guard.