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HI-San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

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!...

HI-Cambria Bridge Street Inn

Charming Beach Accommodations Unique Among California Hostels

If it’s California beach accommodations you seek, the Bridge Street Inn is a charming historic parsonage sitting amidst a volleyball lawn in a quaint village one mile from Moonstone Beach on scenic Highway 1. At four hours from Los Angeles to the south and San Francisco to the north, this cozy California...

HI-Los Angeles Santa Monica

HI-Santa Monica hostel is set close to cafes, restaurants and movie theatres, and is only just two blocks from the beach. The J Paul Getty Center, with its spectacular art, architecture and views, is nearby. The hostel has been fully renovated with a fresh, new look. There is capacity for 260 guests and facilities include daily movies, internet access, kitchen, laundry and...

HI-Los Angeles Fullerton

HI-Los Angeles Hostels

Affordable Accommodations in California

With three locations in LA, HI-USA is sure to have the perfect accommodations for your trip to California. In addition to being a safe and affordable alternative to costly hotels, our Los Angeles hostels offer tons of extras and an opportunity to meet travelers from around the world.

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HI-Los Angeles South Bay

Not All Los Angeles Hostels Offer a Million-Dollar View

A million-dollar view is waiting for you at this seaside youth hostel in the Los Angeles South Bay community of San Pedro. Located in scenic Angel’s Gate Park, HI-Los Angeles South Bay wows guests with spectacular sunsets and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – a special perk you...

HI-Merced Home Hostel

Stay at Merced Home Hostel and experience a typical American home. Shop at the farmers market on Thursday evenings (May through September), visit the nearby Castle Aircraft Museum, Courthouse Museum, Applegate Park, and zoo, or just relax at Lake Yosemite. The hostel even has informative programming nightly at 9 pm.View the breathtaking mountains and large, old sequoia trees of...

HI-Midpines - Yosemite Rustic Mountain Resort

The Yosemite Bug Hostel, is just 20 miles from spectacular Yosemite National Park on 50 forested acres. 25 miles from Yosemite Valley itself. There is an inexpensive shuttle into Yosemite 5 times a day. The area has great opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, skiing, rafting, horseback riding, ice skating and hiking. The hostel is just three miles from the Merced River...

HI-Montara Point Montara Lighthouse

On the rugged California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco, historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse have been preserved and restored by HI-AYH and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Coast Guard. Explore the coastline; watch annual gray whale migration (Nov-April). Visit the nearby James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a four-mile...

HI-Monterey

HI Monterey Hostel is located near Cannery Row and the Monterey Aquarium. Also close to the historic downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf and all the public bus lines. The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail is only blocks away and lined with cafes, shops, and bike & kayak rentals. Extend your adventure by whale watching year-round and by visiting near-by famous sites in Pacific Grove,...

HI-Pescadero Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Perched atop a cliff on the central California coast, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse sits next to the keeper’s houses restored as a hostel by HI-USA. From the boardwalk behind the Fog Signal Building watch gray whales on their migration. Walk throught the tide pool area, or through the 1,000-year old redwoods nearby. Explore Pescadero Marsh and Ano Nuevo State Reserve. On...

HI-Point Reyes

HI-Point Reyes is two miles from the ocean in a secluded valley on Point Reyes National Seashore, known for its abundant flora and fauna, including bobcats, fox, deer and elk, harbor seals, and sea lions. The varied habitat, unique coastal climate, and location draw a rich and diverse array of breeding and migrating birds. Point Reyes National Seashore juts far out into the path of...

HI-Sacramento

The hostel is an elegant 1885 Victorian mansion in the heart of downtown Sacramento, within walking distance of the Old Sacramento historic district, the Sacramento River, museum and the State Capitol. Need to go further? Why not raft down the American River, take a day trip to Gold Rush towns and Lake Tahoe or cycle the oak-lined American River...

HI-San Diego Downtown

In the midst of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Downtown hostel offers you a place to rest, recharge, and interact with your fellow nomads. This nonprofit hostel has been shaped and maintained by its ferociously attractive staff who have injected their encyclopedic knowledge of San Diego into their hostel. But you don’t have to look too hard to find their impression...

HI-San Diego Point Loma

HI-Point Loma - A San Diego Hostel that Feels Like Home

HI-Point Loma youth hostel is set in the middle of a quiet, friendly residential community in San Diego. A beautifully renovated grocery store, several restaurants, a charming public library and a bank are all within a block of HI-Point Loma hostel. With ample free parking, a nearby bus stop and secure bike...

HI-Sausalito - Marin Headlands

HI-Marin Headlands sits on a hillside in the Marin Headlands section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Two historic, turn-of-the-century buildings are surrounded by beaches, forests and rolling hills. The beautiful Marin Headlands offers many hiking and mountain biking trails as well as an abundance of wildlife and...

HI-Santa Cruz

Cozy, convenient, cottage setting perched atop historic Beach Hill neighborhood. Hostel is 2 blocks from beaches, wharf and Boardwalk Amusement Park; 5 blocks to Downtown Santa Cruz. All public transportation within walking distance. Enjoy hiking in redwoods, prime surfing, UCSC campus, and the eclectic downtown scene all within easy reach of hostel. Relax in our informal...

HI-San Luis Obispo

We are a charming, friendly hostel with the feel of a B&B. Located in a sunny, welcoming college town on California’s Central Coast, we are a convenient stay midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We create a relaxed, safe, homestyle atmosphere for travelers of all ages and are just a few short blocks to the treasures of downtown. The area is ideal for the outdoor...

About California

California is the most populous U.S state, and the third-largest U.S. state by land area after Alaska and Texas. Its geography ranges from the Pacific coast to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, to Mojave desert areas in the southeast and the Redwood-Douglas fir forests of the northwest. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.

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