The only thing better than getting to know a new city when you’re travelling is getting to know your fellow wanderers and the different places they are from. The absolute best part though, is discovering that despite whatever differences you may have – language, fashion sense, or taste in music – you almost certainly have a few things in common, like a shared love of adventure and new experiences.
So you’ve come to visit San Francisco and you’d like to hit the town, but you’re also traveling on a budget. The good news is when you stay at HI San Francisco hostels, there are plenty of ways to experience the City by the Bay on the cheap, including during our activities like the weekly pub crawl where you get to visit excellent local bars and make friends with fellow travelers. Then once you’ve made friends, you can go out and explore San Francisco’s nightlife on the cheap at some of our favorite spots.
San Francisco might not have the typical summer – there’s usually more fog than sun – but that doesn’t stop the City by the Bay from getting into the spirit of the season with plenty of great events and festivals that bring people together. Whether you’re traveling solo or with some friends, the HI San Francisco hostels are a good base from which you can experience the fun, and sometimes crazy, festivities in the city. Take a look at five of our favorites that are worth checking out while you’re in town.
When you stay at any of the HI San Francisco hostels, we know you’ll want to make the most of your time in the City by the Bay, like seeing the sights and tasting the world of cuisines on offer, without going broke. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to enjoy a belly-satisfying lunch for under $10 in San Francisco. That means you’ll not only get to enjoy some hyper-local spots in the city, but you’ll also be able to spare your funds for experiences like visiting Alcatraz or going to a show at a historic venue.
San Francisco is known for a lot of things, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Summer of Love. But one of the city’s most infamous features, Karl the Fog, means that the City by the Bay is also known as a place where sunshine can be a rarity. When the sun does come out to play though, San Francisco is a glorious place to be, and there are plenty of sweet spots where you can make the most of the warmth and soak in some Vitamin D.
San Francisco might be a small city in terms of square miles, but what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in its sheer volume of culture and history. Take for example the stretch of Mission Street between the 16th Street and 24th Street BART subway stations: in those few blocks, all of your senses are bound to be tickled by something interesting, tasty, eye-opening, and even tastier, and you’ll experience the strange sensation of feeling like you’re definitely in San Francisco but that you could also be in Latin America.