Part of the magic of staying at a HI USA hostel is that you get to do and see things in a new city that go above and beyond the typical tourist experience. Whether it’s on a walking tour that takes you through the underrated streets of a local neighborhood, or from the seat of a bicycle across the city, you get to see a new perspective of a beloved place.
It’s an ordinary Tuesday and the lobby at HI San Francisco Downtown hostel is lively with the sound of visitors checking out with big smiles and thank yous at the front desk. Others are sitting on comfortable couches waiting for the hostel’s famous bike ride around the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to begin, while a few are asking one of the front desk staff for directions to the best sandwich shop in town.
HI USA’s long-running Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) programs are all about giving Bay Area residents a chance to explore, appreciate, and learn about the wonders of the environment and our relationship with it through hands-on experience. Whether it’s a day of guided tide-pooling for a group of school children or an educational night hike for adults, OHA offers endless opportunities for travelers of all ages to get in touch with nature.
Whatever kind of beaches are on your Northern California bucket list, you’ll likely find them on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge where HI Marin Headlands and HI Point Reyes hostels happen to be conveniently close to the scenic shores, making them excellent for sun-soaked sleeps after a day of beaching it up.
Travelers love to stay at HI San Francisco Downtown hostel because it’s situated in the very heart of the City by the Bay, making it an excellent base for getting to know the ins and outs like a local while also seeing the big sights. All you have to do is gather a group of fellow wanderers (breakfast is prime plan-making time at any hostel) and take to the streets. Need a little guidance?
The Explore the World scholarship was created because HI USA believes travel should be as much about making a difference in the places we visit as it is about exploring those places. We also believe that travel should be accessible to everyone, and shouldn’t be limited because of the cost involved. These travel scholarships are just one part of our commitment to inspire a new generation of travelers by supporting their big dreams to better the planet.