There aren’t many places you can sit in the city with a view of the Bay and a reasonably priced cup of coffee, but then, there aren’t many places like Café Franco at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel. The cute and cozy café, which is open to both hostel guests and the general public, is the perfect spot to stop by for a breakfast bagel or a hearty soup-and-sandwich lunch when you’re taking a break from strolling the greens of Fort Mason.
One of the things that makes San Francisco beautiful is the colorful collection of people from many corners of the world who contribute to the eclectic melting pot of a city. Generations of settlers have brought the rituals, arts and foods of their home countries, connecting travelers and visitors with different cultures just within the Bay.
So you’ve decided to visit San Francisco – ride a trolley, eat a giant burrito, see the Golden Gate Bridge – and you’re wondering what else you can do after ticking off those big bucket list items. The right answer is to go across the famous bridge and spend a night or two at HI Marin Headlands hostel, which sits pretty within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.
What is GHGB?
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.