Like a strong spine that supports a body, Market Street is San Francisco’s main thoroughfare running from the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero to the Twin Peaks neighborhood in the southwest. This highly trafficked street is where you’ll find the city’s flavors and colors coming together in a cacophony of characters: tourists and travelers from all over the world, tech industry men and women going to work in the disco-ball skyscrapers, and long-time locals popping into their favorite eateries and stores.
HI USA takes travel seriously. So seriously in fact that along with offering enlightening hostelling experiences across America, our non-profit organization is also dedicated to spreading the joy of seeing the world. That’s why we run several signature programs for hostel guests and community members both young and young at heart who would like to open their souls to creating a better understanding of people, places and cultures through travel and doing good.
One of the best things about staying at a HI USA hostel is the fact that you get to meet and interact with people you may not have paid much mind to out in the ”real world”. You just never know who you might befriend while hanging out in the hostel common room, or while you’re out on one of the hostel’s volunteer-led tours, or over a community dinner cooked in the kitchen. And if you’re an experienced hosteller, you may come to realize that there are certain characters who seem to be a constant feature no matter where in the country (or the world) you’re hostelling.
Being a budget traveler on the road doesn’t mean you have to miss out on awesome sights due to lack of funds, especially if you’re staying at HI USA’s San Francisco hostels where you get some pretty sweet perks. One of which is a 20 percent discount for the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the impressive de Young Museum.
HI USA’s IOU Respect program aims to break barriers by gathering a diverse group of young individuals for a two-week cultural exchange program. Participants come from six countries – the US, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon and Tunisia – and travel to two cities where they take part in facilitated dialogue sessions, team-building project work and group outings and activities.