When you’re looking for a chance to escape the city and unplug for a while, there’s possibly no better place to go than a national park for some pure, unadulterated nature. You’ll get to take in spectacular sights while hiking and biking along scenic trails, spot some local wildlife in their natural habitats, and best of all, wake up in a HI USA hostel that’s conveniently close to it all. Here’s where to stay when you're up for exploring the great outdoors.
Sitting pretty within historic Fort Mason, HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel is surrounded by national park land on one side, and the San Francisco Bay on the other. Fort Mason is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which extends all the way across the bridge, and features paved bike paths, historic buildings, and excellent views of Alcatraz and the bay.
Living glaciers, rushing streams, breathtaking 10,000-foot mountains, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife makes a stay at the HI East Glacier Park hostel a unique wilderness and natural history experience. A wide variety of hiking trails, naturalist-guided hikes, boat tours, and horseback trips are all available right from the front door.
HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is just 20 miles from the spectacular Yosemite National Park famed for it's towering ancient Sequoia trees and mezmerizing granite cliffs. The area within and surronding the park has great opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, skiing, rafting, horseback riding, ice skating and hiking. Plus, the hostel is just three miles from the Merced River Scenic Area and even more hiking trails.
HI Point Reyes hostel is nestled in a secluded valley just two miles from the beach within the expansive Point Reyes National Seashore. As the only non-camping accommodation available within the park, the hostel is an ideal base for hiking, beach-combing, and wildlife-viewing adventures. Come in the spring to see wildlfowers, tule elk and nursing elephant seals, or in the fall and winter when there's few crowds and migrating whales.
HI Marin Headlands is a national park retreat just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers up plenty of options for hiking, biking, surfing, and beachcombing just a short walk from the hostel’s front door. After a day of exploring the nearby beaches, forests, and rolling hills, you’ll get to dream about it all in the hostel’s cozy, historic buildings.
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Outdoor enthusiasts all over the world looking to get their fix of fresh air and breathtaking nature are spoiled for choice when it comes to U.S destinations. But where better to end a day of hiking and biking than a HI USA hostel where the beds are comfortable and there’s always a great conversation to be had? All you have to do is bring your gear and explorer’s spirit – the adventure starts now!