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A Guide to San Francisco: 6 Insider Tips from Locals

Scenic San Francisco

One of the reasons we choose to stay at hostels is that we are looking for experiences that are off the beaten path. Sure, when visiting a city like San Francisco, it’s basically mandatory to see as many of the major sights as you can, but as any traveler will tell you, we often make our best memories by interacting with the locals and becoming one -- even for just a little while. 

8 Ways to Participate in the UN's International Day of Peace

Hi USA sleep for peace

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Annually, HI USA has been joined by HI hostels around the world to host various events in celebration of promoting peace. If you can’t make it to one of our hostels on September 21st, don’t fret! Here are 8 other ways you can celebrate the UN’s World Peace Day.

Celebrate the 4th of July With Friends You've Never Met


By Marguerite Richards 

We gather together, sometimes rushing to make it in time for sunset. In that moment we’re united, regardless of ethic make up, financial or social standing, under a spectacular light show in the sky. Don’t worry: I’m not going to start singing the National Athem on you. But it’s true that, despite our shortcomings, I’m always proud on the 4th of July. There is reason to celebrate.

East Bay Escape for Sunny Trails & Picnics

Tilden park hiking

By Marguerite Richards 

If you’re beginning to curse the magical mist of San Francisco, we understand. This is California, people. Sheesh! Where’s the sunshine? We know our fairytale fog can start to feel comedic or even tragic after a while. So if you’re getting a hankering for heat, we suggest you head over to the East Bay for a hike in the sun. Check out East Bay Parks for many great ideas. 

5 Spots for Big-Money Views On the Cheap

Corona Heights Park

By Marguerite Richards 

Visitors often arrive to the Golden Gate City with visions of lovely Lombard Street, its steep hairpin turns dominating the mind’s eye. Navigating newcomers can be surprised by less-than-foot-friendly mini mountains to summit on their tours. But here’s the skinny on those hills: they’ll lead you to dozens of vistas all across the city, many with 360-degree panoramas. Locals pay millions for postcard-perfect picture windows to get these same views, but you don’t have to.