If travel is one of your Love Languages, it won’t take much to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for you and the wanderluster in your life. Picture a romantic getaway to somewhere scenic where you can explore beautiful places by day, and cozy up in a comfy hostel by night. Single? Not a problem: hostels are the perfect way to travel solo, or if you’re a gang looking for the perfect Galentine’s weekend away, we’ve got a couple of options for you too.
HI Point Reyes
Book a stay at this hostel in the Point Reyes National Seashore and surround yourself with over 100 square miles of pristine coastal wilderness. (We know what you’re thinking: hiking, in February? But never fear: you’ve got a good chance at clear skies and sunshine at this national park, even in the winter). Whether you choose a shared dorm or a private room, HI Point Reyes is the perfect spot to come home to after a long day hiking around with your valentine: it’s cozy, quiet, and 100% Wi-Fi and cell-reception-free. But that’s not to say it’s in the middle of nowhere: it’s a just a quick drive away from the cute shops and splurge-worthy restaurants of Point Reyes Station and Inverness.
HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Crashing surf? Check. Stunning views? Check. A cliff-side hot tub where you can relax and enjoy both? Check. HI Pigeon Point, sitting in the shadow of a working lighthouse, is a true escape on the California coast about an hour south of San Francisco. Within easy driving distance you’ll find hiking trails through the redwoods, tide-pooling at epic beaches, and the adorable little town of Pescadero, which is perfect for an off-the-beaten-path romantic dinner.
HI San Diego Point Loma
Tucked away in a cute neighborhood not far from the beach, HI San Diego Point Loma is a peaceful little oasis in the big city. Relax beside the outdoor fire pit or in the hammock built for two in the private backyard, or watch the sunset from nearby Ocean Beach. It’s warm and sunny year-round in San Diego, so it's always a good time to be outside. The hostel even lends out beach equipment, like surf and stand-up paddle boards, for free, so it’s a great choice if you and your valentine are outdoorsy types.
HI Washington DC
Whether you’re looking for a fun city break with your partner or a galentine’s day weekend with your friends, Washington D.C. has something for everyone. HI Washington DC is a great home base no matter who you’re traveling with: it’s a quick walk from tons of amazing restaurants, world-class museums, and plenty of nightlife. Even under a blanket of snow, the nation’s capital is a good time!
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