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.
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.
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.
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still an abundance of fun and excitement to be had. September is a great month for festivals in California: whether you’re looking to feast on the fall harvests or to catch the last bit of outdoor music fever before it gets too cold, it’s likely happening in this part of the world. Best of all, you can stay at one of our HI USA hostels so you save on accommodation while meeting like-minded revelers before and after the festivities.
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.