Any traveler who plans to spend a night or two at HI Point Reyes hostel in the infinitely interesting Point Reyes National Seashore should be prepared to forget that the bustle of the rest of the world exists. Here, where it’s mercifully free of Wi-Fi-fueled distractions and the sounds of highway traffic, you get to reconnect with nature and soak in the sights and sounds of unspoiled California.
Summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your plans for a visit to the coast just yet. “The fall is my favorite time of the year as it is sometimes an Indian Summer with hot weather and big waves,” says HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel’s General Manager, Jeff Parry.
Isn’t it magical to think that while you’re standing on the shore of a beach, gazing at the blanket of ocean, there is an entire world just underneath the surface, a world that’s home to one of the biggest creatures that has ever lived? And while we hardly ever see them from the shore, there’s a special time of the year – every winter and spring – when the Pacific coast becomes a highway for the great grey whale migration and land-dwellers get to spy these enigmatic animals.
From National Park land to downtown streetscapes, hillside perches to coastal lighthouses, HI hostels are located in some of the most beautiful settings Northern California has to offer. So perhaps it's not surprising that so many staff members across our hostel network are talented (and prolific) artists: they've got a lot of inspiration to work with!
When you think of urban animals, what comes to mind? Pigeons on the sidewalks? Creepy crawlies in the subways?
At the Marin Headlands, you don't have to go far to see the kind of cuddly creatures Northern California is famous for. From seals and sea lions, to river otters and even grey whales, this ocean-side piece of National Parks land just north of San Francisco attracts all kinds of marine mammals and the visitors who love them.