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Great Hostel Give Back

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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?

14 Historical Highlights of San Francisco’s Fort Mason

HI USA Fort Mason Common Area

The City by the Bay has a rich and colorful history that reflects its melting pot population and role in California culture. When you stay at any of HI USA’s three hostels in San Francisco, you can get a taste of the city’s vibrant past on our free walking and bicycle tours and through interactions with hostel staff. However, when you stay at HI SF Fisherman’s Wharf, you get to be totally immersed in a slice of Bay Area history, as the hostel sits within a National Park that originally served as an army post for more than a century.

Bike San Francisco: Best of Biking in the Bay

San Francisco bike routes

One of the things to love about San Francisco is that, despite its reputation as a hilly city, it’s extremely bicycle friendly and you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re in town staying at any of HI USA’s hostels in San Francisco, a great way to experience the City by the Bay on two wheels is to join the Bike the Bridge tour offered every Tuesday.

How to Do San Francisco Nightlife on the Cheap

So you’ve come to visit San Francisco and you’d like to hit the town, but you’re also traveling on a budget. The good news is when you stay at HI San Francisco hostels, there are plenty of ways to experience the City by the Bay on the cheap, including during our activities like the weekly pub crawl where you get to visit excellent local bars and make friends with fellow travelers. Then once you’ve made friends, you can go out and explore San Francisco’s nightlife on the cheap at some of our favorite spots. 

Where to Save and Splurge on Outdoor Yoga in San Francisco

Yoga Dolores Park

Anyone who enjoys traveling and yoga knows that while you’re on the road seeing new places and making new friends it’s not always easy to keep that fitness routine going. Plus, there’s all the different foods to try and spontaneous adventures that aren’t exactly conducive to a solid schedule of vinyasa flows and long hatha sessions. If you happen to be visiting HI San Francisco hostels though, you’ll find that there are ways you can incorporate your wanderlust with your yoga practice with classes taking place in the city’s sweet outdoor spaces.

Best Swimming Spots in Northern California

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Summer is here, and though San Francisco can sometimes seem like it’s a little late to the party, there are plenty of glorious hot days throughout the rest of Northern California perfect for bathing by a beach and cooling off with a swim. Check out these secret beaches and freshwater rivers and lakes conveniently close to HI USA hostels in Northern California where you can take in some pretty stunning scenery and spend the day splashing about. 

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