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San Francisco is a city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Chinatown. The California Gold Rush of 1848 propelled the city into a period of rapid growth and today ?San Fran' is a popular international tourist destination with people flocking to visit Alcatraz, Conservatory of Flowers and to experience the eclectic mix of historic, Victorian and modern architecture.


The hostel we'd recommend is the HI San Fancisco Downtown hostel, which is located in a tourist district with restaurants, bars, theatres, museums, shops and Chinatown. The hostel has the structure of a hotel which has been renovated with private and shared rooms with four beds. It also offers family rooms and is great for groups. Linens, taxes and breakfast are included in the price; there is also a kitchen, internet, TV and common rooms, laundry, luggage store and travel agency.

Directions: 312 Mason St. Union Square, San Francisco CA 9410 Tel: 1-415-788-5604 Email: SFDowntown@hiusa.org

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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the ?Golden Gate', the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge as possibly the most beautiful ? and certainly the most photographed ? bridge in the world.

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore and often referred to as The Rock. The small island is best known for housing a federal prison which held famous inmates such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz) and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Today this historic landmark is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.


San Francisco is renowned as the restaurant capital of the USA, serving the best food in the world from fresh, local ingredients. There are two cuisines that tend to dominate in this city: try Asian in the city's Chinatown district and Mexican in the Mission neighbourhood.


The city-owned Municipal Railway (Muni) operates both a combined light rail and subway system (the Muni Metro) and a bus network. The iconic streetcars run on surface streets in outlying neighborhoods but underground in the downtown area. The Transbay Terminal serves as the terminus for long-range bus service (such as Greyhound) and as a hub for regional bus systems. A small fleet of commuter and tourist ferries operate from the Ferry Building and Pier 39 to points in Marin County, Oakland, and north to Vallejo in Solano Count. San Francisco International Airport is located 13 miles south of the city in San Mateo County.

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Trek the Pacific coast (and get a free t-shirt) with an HI-West Coast passport

Are you a passport-stamp junkie? Hostelling International has 27 stamps to add to your collection, with the new HI-West Coast passport. Collect a free souvenir stamp at each West Coast hostel in the U.S. and Canada - just four stamps will earn you a free "West Coast Tour" t-shirt!

Illustrated by Michael Wertz, each souvenir stamp is a miniature work of art that celebrates the iconic features of 20 West Coast destinations. The keepsake passport holds your stamps, as well as notes and other memorabilia, tracking your adventures as you travel.

To get your free passport and stamps, simply ask at the front desk when you check-in to any participating HI-hostel in California, Oregon, or Washington, or in British Columbia's Vancouver, Victoria, or Whistler.

Need some inspiration for your journey?


• In San Francisco, take in sweeping Bay views from the Golden Gate Bridge, then ride a ferry out to infamous Alcatraz Island.
• Further south in Monterey, head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is world-renowned for its impressive exhibits, cutting-edge research, and dedication to ocean conservation.


• Enjoy epic skiing and snowboarding on Whistler's world-class powder, or bike the slopes in the summertime at Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Then tackle the longest zipline in Canada, and ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
• Hit the slopes on Grouse, Seymour, or Cypress mountains ? all just a stone's throw from downtown Vancouver ? then cycle the 8.8 km seawall around Stanley Park, or chill out on the beach at English Bay. 


• Sample classic American eats at Los Angeles landmarks like Pink's Hot Dogs, The Apple Pan, Tommy's Original burgers, or the world's first Hot Dog on a Stick.
• Revel in San Diego's endless summer while munching fish tacos, baja-style, and top it off with award-winning local brews. 


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