The California road trip is probably one of the most iconic adventures you can take in the United States. Locals and international travelers alike are drawn to the sense of freedom, wonder and awe that a journey along the Pacific inspires. While it’s possible to do the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a (long) day, it’s totally worthwhile to take the time to discover the hidden treasures and well-loved stops of this route.
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Every city and town around the world has its own little quirks and characteristics that make it interesting, and the reason we travel is to experience these differences and take a little piece of them with us when we move on to the next destination. When you stay at our HI San Francisco hostels, you’re getting a chance to experience the City by the Bay in a way that will leave you with a deeper understanding of the people, the places, and the micro-cultures that make up the colorful mosaic of this corner of the world.
Like a strong spine that supports a body, Market Street is San Francisco’s main thoroughfare running from the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero to the Twin Peaks neighborhood in the southwest. This highly trafficked street is where you’ll find the city’s flavors and colors coming together in a cacophony of characters: tourists and travelers from all over the world, tech industry men and women going to work in the disco-ball skyscrapers, and long-time locals popping into their favorite eateries and stores.
HI USA takes travel seriously. So seriously in fact that along with offering enlightening hostelling experiences across America, our non-profit organization is also dedicated to spreading the joy of seeing the world. That’s why we run several signature programs for hostel guests and community members both young and young at heart who would like to open their souls to creating a better understanding of people, places and cultures through travel and doing good.