Father’s Day is coming around again and we can already see all the neckties that inevitably get gifted at this time of the year. How about going for something different and treating the dad in your life to a getaway, either solo or with you, his favorite kid? Whether your dad is an outdoor type, a culture fanatic, or just deserves a day of doing nothing, there’s a HI USA hostel where he can find his bliss.
And if you’re wondering if hostels are for dads, the answer is absolutely! There are private rooms available, and common rooms where your dad can test out his jokes on other travelers. Win-win! Keep reading to discover the perfect Father’s Day destination for dad.
If Dad Likes Baseball
What better way to spend quality time with your old man than rooting for the home team and eating hot dogs at a sunny and fun baseball game? Petco Park in San Diego, which just happens to be walking distance from HI San Diego Downtown hostel, is a great place to catch a game, and afterwards you can explore the breweries and restaurants to round out the perfect outing. If your pop is an East Coast baseball fanatic, then go for Fenway Stadium in Boston (and stay at HI Boston) or Wrigley Field (with a stay at HI Chicago).
If Dad’s a Foodie
Make Father’s Day extra special this year and treat your dad to an escape to HI Point Reyes hostel. Not only will you be able to do great hiking and beachcombing within the stunning national park, you can also have an excellent Father’s Day lunch in the small-town food haven that is Point Reyes Station. Opt for a picnic of local cheeses and wines, or for an oyster barbecue at the famous Tomales Bay Oyster Company. Otherwise, why not splurge on a feast at one of the seafood shacks in the area, or something fancy at one of the restaurants in town? Either way, dad will leave with a full and happy belly.
If Dad Loves Fishing
Gather your gear and plan a weekend in the great outdoors at Itasca State Park in Minnesota, where you and dad can spend a happy few hours catching fish at one of the many lakes that dot this idyllic park. Settle in at HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel, and then hit up one of the beaches for a lazy fishing session, or rent a boat to get right in the middle of the water. If you want to mix it up during your stay, try one of the excellent hiking trails for some extra quality time.
If Dad’s Into Live Music
If your dad still has all his old band t-shirts and can never say no to a good live concert, then get him to Austin and check out one of the many live music venues in town. Whether he’s into blues, folk, or whatever is good and loud, you’ll find the right place. Scope the calendar listings online, or if you and dad are looking to discover local acts, ask the folks at HI Austin hostel for their favorite spots. The best part? After a night out you can recharge with Austin’s famous breakfast tacos in the morning.
If Dad Just Wants to Relax at the Beach
Sometimes the best gift is getting to do nothing at all, and if you’re going to do nothing, one of the best places to do that is the beach. HI Martha’s Vineyard hotel is open for the summer, and that means you’ll have plenty of wonderful beaches at your disposal. Favorites include Lambert’s Cove Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and South Beach, all of which a great for swimming and sunning. Naturally, a lobster roll (or two) has to be eaten at some point.
If Dad’s a Culture Addict
Treat your history buff father to a day of exploring the wonderful museums and monuments that are part of Washington DC’s National Mall. Whether it’s his first or 50th time in the capital city, dad is bound to find something to pique his interests in the city’s art, history, and culture, and after a long day of walking about there are plenty of great eateries downtown. Ask the folks at HI Washington DC for their off-the-beaten-path recommendations.
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