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6 Sweet Staircases in San Francisco

It makes sense that a city as hilly as San Francisco would have a number of staircases to make it a little easier on the calves of those who have to walk up and down them. But since this also a pretty quirky place, you’re going to find some stairways that are a little more interesting than the average. While you’re in town staying at HI San Francisco hostels, check out six of these sweet, kind-of-secret staircases if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path.  

16th Avenue Tiled Stairs  

7 Images that will make you want to visit Northern California right now

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The truth is, there aren’t many reasons not to visit Northern California if you have the chance to. Who doesn’t enjoy epic road trips with postcard-perfect scenery to match, curious cities and towns with a bunch of great culture, and friends and fellow travelers to make memories with at HI USA hostels? In case there’s someone out there who might need convincing, or if you’re already planning your next trip and just looking for a bit of inspiration, we’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite images from NorCal hostels that will make you want to pack your bags right now.  

Ways to travel responsibly in San Francisco

marin headlands golden gate bridge view

San Francisco is known for its dedication to protecting the planet by keeping things green. That means almost everywhere you go you’ll find ways to do right by Mother Earth, whether it’s as simple as separating your garbage or eating at a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. Besides choosing to stay at HI hostels in San Francisco, which all try to do their part when it comes to encouraging conscious travel, you can get into the city’s spirit of sustainability with these quick tips that go beyond recycling. 

A Quick Guide to Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay Foods cheeses

When you’re in the mood to disconnect from modern life and reconnect with nature and yourself, there’s possibly no better place to spend a night or three than HI Point Reyes hostel. This tech-free zone makes it easy to lose some hours getting up close and personal with plants and wildlife, the expansive Pacific Ocean, and some of the best eating this side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

7 Great things about San Francisco spring

conservatory of flowers in golden gate park

Sure, the seasons in the Bay Area don’t seem to be that different from each other (except for those few weeks in October when it feels like real summer), but spring in San Francisco still feels like a magical thing. The rains leave beautiful blossoms all around the city, and there seems to be an endless list of cool things to do as everyone comes out of hiding. When you visit the HI San Francisco hostels, you should check off at least one of these spring fever activities on your list.

Here’s where to see spring flowers near Sacramento

northern california wildflowers

If you don’t already, you should have a Northern California wildflower trek on your bucket list for this spring. Every year, people come from all over just to experience the brilliant blooms that take over the hills and valleys in parks and along the road, and once you find yourself standing in a field surrounded by bright orange California poppies, or impossible-yellow buttercups, you’ll understand why.