‘Tis the season for bright orange pumpkins, ghoulish goings on and folks all over America dressing up in kooky costumes – it’s Halloween! This quintessentially American holiday, which is officially on October 31, is probably the most festive of them all, and to help our guests get into the spooky spirit, HI USA hostels have a number of fun things going on for young and old. Whether you’re a first-time Halloweener, or you’ve been trick-or-treating since you were knee high to a zombie’s eye, you can count on having a good time with fellow adventurers all over Northern California.
Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, which opened in September 2016, is an all in one-in-one venue for entertainment, and yet another excellent reason to visit California’s capital city. The downtown arena is set to host sporting events, live music concerts and a variety of shows, from Disney on Ice to WWE wrestling, and it’s right in the heart of a buzzing downtown. The best part? HI Sacramento hostel is the perfect home-away-from-home place to stay while you’re in town for a good time.
Summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your plans for a visit to the coast just yet. “The fall is my favorite time of the year as it is sometimes an Indian Summer with hot weather and big waves,” says HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel’s General Manager, Jeff Parry.
When I first met 24-year old Philip Jones, it was the day before he left for his first solo trip to Europe and he was quiet with nerves, mainly concerned about missing his flights. “I was stressed out a lot before this trip, I’m not going to lie,” Phillip says when we meet again a few months after his return to San Francisco.
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.