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6 Fun and Free Holiday Events in San Francisco

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It’s that time of the year again when city streets are all lit up and there is a dizzying array of things to do. If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holiday season at our HI USA hostels in San Francisco, you’ll not only find great in-house activities to keep you entertained and help you make friends with fellow travelers, but you’ll be fairly spoilt for choice for fun and free things to do in the city.

Featured Travelers: Nadine and Tamara from Switzerland

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The only thing better than getting to know a new city when traveling 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. 

5 Awesome Reasons to Visit Oakland

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Aside from the fact that it always seems to be a few degrees warmer and sunnier in the East Bay, there are plenty of reasons to include a visit Oakland to your San Francisco trip. The somewhat overlooked city is a haven for those looking for something a little off the beaten path and for the chance to get a glimpse of local California culture.

How to Celebrate Sleep For Peace With Northwest Hostels

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HI USA’s annual Sleep For Peace celebrations shine a light on our mission to inspire a better understanding of people, places and cultures through travel and, specifically, through staying at our hostels. Each year, to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, our hostels host a series of events which emphasize this mission and bring our guests together to take part in a variety of peace-building activities. 

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