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HI-San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Wake up to stunning views over San Francisco Bay at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel. House in historic Fort Mason at the edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of California’s most beautiful and diverse National Parks, the hostel sits right on the waterfront looking out to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Offering a range of accommodation options...

HI-San Francisco Downtown

HI San Francisco Downtown is housed in a renovated hotel in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist district, in a vibrant neighborhood filled with clubs, restaurants, bars and theaters. It’s just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the South of Market neighborhood. The hostel has all the modern-day comforts you’d expect and provides both private and dorm...

HI-San Francisco City Center

Set in a 1920’s boutique hotel, San Francisco City Center Hostel has a vintage feel with bags of charm and character. Off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all, the hostel is between the edgy Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the Civic Center; a neighborhood with some of the best cheap cuisine, great nightclubs and music venues. This stylish...

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 Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Hostel is a perfect place to stay while visiting the beautiful sights of the National Park

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...

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

Stay at HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel to explore the California Coast

Point Montara Lighthouse is situated on the rugged California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco. A historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse have been preserved and restored into a hostel. Guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms. Enjoy cosy lounges, a secluded...

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 Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

Stay at the California coast lighthouse at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

Tide pools, redwoods, elephant seals, gray whales, hiking, biking, and the famous cliff-side hot tub await you at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel! Perched atop a cliff on the site of a 115-foot-tall, working lighthouse, HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the top-customer-rated HI hostels...

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...

HI-Sacramento

HI Sacramento 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 bikeway. Accommodations...

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

San Diego is the perfect destination for active travelers and explorers who want to hike, bike, surf, kayak or simply meet new friends and share experiences. San Diego is a network of neighborhoods and the quiet HI Point Loma is the perfect launching point for exploring them. HI San Diego, Point Loma has all of the amenities to help you relax, recharge and refuel whether enjoying...

HI Marin Headlands Hostel

Marin Headlands, a comfortable hostel in a rustic setting, 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. The hostel itself is nice and spacious with a large kitchen, large reading room with couches, and a downstairs game room with vending machines, pool table, and a ping-pong...

HI-Santa Cruz

HI Santa Cruz is a picturesque cottage perched atop the historic Beach Hill neighborhood. The hostel is in a convenient location, only two blocks from beaches, the wharf and the Boardwalk Amusement Park, and only 5 blocks to downtown. All public transportation is within walking distance. This Santa Cruz hostel offers dorms and private rooms. Guests can enjoy the pretty gardens,...

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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