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Why Stay in Cheap Hotels in San Francisco when You can Stay in Quality HI Youth Hostels?

The first among youth hostels in San Francisco, HI-San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf is also the most famous hostel in the City by the Bay. This California hostel is the ideal choice for travellers who want to stay in a park setting but still have easy access to the city’s...

HI-San Francisco Downtown

Pricey Downtown San Francisco Hotels can’t Hold a Candle to HI-USA Hostels

Unlike downtown San Francisco Hotels, HI-USA’s Downtown hostel offers a first-rate location at a rock-bottom price! Stay in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist district, one block from world famous Union Square shops and steps from Chinatown and SOMA, in a vibrant neighborhood filled...

HI-San Francisco City Center

Before You Found HI-USA, would You have Looked for Cheap Hotels in San Francisco?

Help us spread the word! There are still young travellers looking for cheap hotels in San Francisco; but only because they don’t know about HI-USA youth hostels. In San Francisco alone, we have three safe, comfortable, affordable choices. Welcome to HI-San Francisco City Center!...

About San Francisco

Located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, San Francisco is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Francisco Bay to the east, and the Golden Gate to the north. Internationally known for its Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, steep hills, and blankets of fog, San Francisco is a city of rich international culture with small-town flavor.

The San Francisco-City Center hostel is located near San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, a tree-lined area that features some of the city’s largest government and cultural institutions, including City Hall, as well as the Herbst Theatre and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the permanent home of the San Francisco Symphony. Also nearby is the Asian Art Museum; with its collection of more than 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history, the museum is one of the largest in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

The San Francisco-Downtown Hostel is located just a block from Union Square, the city’s central shopping, theatre, and hotel district. Located in Union Square is the Metreon, a four-story entertainment shopping center, as well as the Yerba Buena Gardens, which are two blocks of public parks with public art installations, museums, and entertainment. One highlight of the Yerba Buena Gardens is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, with one of the largest fountains on the west coast. To the north of Union Square is San Francisco’s Chinatown; established in 1850, it is the oldest of North American Chinatowns. One don’t-miss Chinatown event is its annual Chinese New Year Celebration, the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. Event highlights include the Chinese New Year parade, one of the last surviving lighted night parades in the U.S., as well as a community street fair, flower fair, and the Chinese New Year Spectacular, a live performance of ancient Chinese traditions. Because the Chinese New Year is dictated by the moon’s phases, the dates for the week-long festival change every year, but it usually takes place between late January and early February.

The San Francisco – Fisherman’s Wharf hostel is located near the historic waterfront and popular tourist destination of Fisherman’s Wharf, known for its excellent fresh seafood, most notably its Dungeness crab and chowder served in sourdough bread bowls. Street performers line the area, and nighttime brings live music, dancing, and more. Fisherman’s Wharf is located near Alcatraz Island, the site of the infamous federal penitentiary known for its inescapability. Visitors are welcome to tour the abandoned prison and learn its history first-hand. Points of interest The Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge was an engineering masterpiece when it was built in 1937, and continues to be impressive to this day. Bikers and hikers can cross the bridge’s 4,200 foot span from the east entrance. And check out the spectacular photo lookout points on the bridge’s northeast and southeast ends.

Japanese Tea Garden Escape the excitement of the city for a little while in this traditional Japanese style garden. Check out an authentic pagoda, a monumental Buddha and a miniature waterfall.

Fisherman’s Wharf Providing a mix of fresh seafood, souvenir shops, and street vendors, Fisherman’s Wharf has long been a top destination for tourists visiting San Francisco. Locals may dismiss it as a tourist haven, but if you’re going to San Francisco, check it out and decide for yourself!

Ghirardelli Square Along with Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square is among the top San Francisco destinations. Its a great place to grab a bite to eat, pick up some souvenirs from the gift shop, and of course sample some of the famous Ghirardelli chocolate.

Alcatraz Tours Alcatraz had a long history as a military outpost and fort, but its best known for the years it served as a legendary prison in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

Lombard Street The Lombard Street hill was designed with a series of eight switchbacks to help cars navigate the sixteen precent grade down to the bottom. The best way to see it now is probably on foot, though, as it takes quite a white to descend in a car.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a collection of over 15,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from artists like Henri Matisse, Dorothea Lange, Paul Klee, Cindy Sherman, and many contemporary artists.

Cable Cars No visit to San Francisco is complete without a ride on the world famous cable cars. If you’re headed to Fisherman’s Wharf, take the Powell-Mason line. The Powell-Mason line has the best views. It ends on the east side of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Events

January

SF Sketchfest The San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival takes place in January, and features a variety of sketch comedy groups as well as standup comedians in a number of venues around the city.

February

Chinese New Year San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebration is one of the longest running in the USA, and one of the last night illuminated parades in the country.

April

San Francisco International Film Festival The San Francisco International Film Festival runs for two weeks and celebrates film as an art and as an agent for social change.

May

Bay to Breakers As the name implies The Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace that takes runners from San Francisco Bay, through the city to Ocean Beach. Everyone ends up at the beach for a concert at the end of the race.

June

Pride Week LGBT Pride Week caps a month of awareness with a two day celebration and the famous Pride parade.

Noise Pop Noise Pop started out as an indie rock festival, and has grown to include film and art exhibits.