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6 Sweet Staircases in San Francisco

It makes sense that a city as hilly as San Francisco would have a number of staircases to make it a little easier on the calves of those who have to walk up and down them. But since this also a pretty quirky place, you’re going to find some stairways that are a little more interesting than the average. While you’re in town staying at HI San Francisco hostels, check out six of these sweet, kind-of-secret staircases if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path.  

16th Avenue Tiled Stairs  

Ways to travel responsibly in San Francisco

marin headlands golden gate bridge view

San Francisco is known for its dedication to protecting the planet by keeping things green. That means almost everywhere you go you’ll find ways to do right by Mother Earth, whether it’s as simple as separating your garbage or eating at a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. Besides choosing to stay at HI hostels in San Francisco, which all try to do their part when it comes to encouraging conscious travel, you can get into the city’s spirit of sustainability with these quick tips that go beyond recycling. 

7 Great things about San Francisco spring

conservatory of flowers in golden gate park

Sure, the seasons in the Bay Area don’t seem to be that different from each other (except for those few weeks in October when it feels like real summer), but spring in San Francisco still feels like a magical thing. The rains leave beautiful blossoms all around the city, and there seems to be an endless list of cool things to do as everyone comes out of hiding. When you visit the HI San Francisco hostels, you should check off at least one of these spring fever activities on your list.

It’s off to Costa Rica for Explore the World Scholarship winner Cristina Navarro

explore the world travel scholarship 2018

When 22-year-old Cristina Navarro left Los Angeles for San Francisco for college, she never imagined that she would be able to study for her dream degree in outdoor recreation and tourism, or that she’d one day travel to Costa Rica and be exposed to a whole new environment and culture. Now, as part of her department’s alternative spring break program, she’ll be travelling to Central America.