If times are changing, they’ll change first in San Francisco. With a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it receptivity to style and cultural trends, San Francisco’s bohemian charm is unique to most cosmopolitan cities. Modern pursuits like independent boutiques, speakeasy bars and cool cafes mesh with the city’s rich history and the picture-perfect Victorian architecture seamlessly. This urban combination of old and new is sprawled across the peaks and troughs of the Californian hills, held together by an iconic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay below. The home of social revolutions and good times, San Francisco is the breeding ground for new ways of thinking, feeling and of course, wearing. Eccentric fashion, music and a thriving gourmet scene dominates in this charming city, where the out of the ordinary is, well, ordinary.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.