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About California

California has always been a haven for dreamers, doers and sun-worshippers . With diverse geography ranging from enchanting redwood forests in the north, the unforgiving yet beautiful Mojave Desert in the southeast, the towering Sierra Nevada mountains to the northeast and the perpetually sparkling Pacific Ocean to the west, the Golden State offers much to explore in addition to its world-famous big cities and charming small towns. California is America’s most populous state, enriched by the vibrant and diverse cultures of its people. California is a great destination for travelers exploring different terrains and different cultures.

open lawn with bike path overlooking the golden gate bridge

HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel

Overlooking Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and beautiful Fort Mason park, HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel offers a relaxing retreat within the city limits.

An on-site cafe; serving organic food and local beer and wine, a movie room with theater-style seating, a free pool table and...

fun and colorful private room in HI San Francisco Downtown

HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel

Close to cable cars, museums, shopping, and more, HI San Francisco Downtown hostel is at the center of everything you want to see and do in the city. Our awesome staff will help you meet fellow travelers and get to know SF like a local, with the best tours and tips for exploring the city's coolest neighborhoods. Nearby bus and subway lines make it easy and cheap to get everywhere...

spacious and modern private room in the San Francisco Hostel

HI San Francisco City Center Hostel

At HI San Francisco City Center hostel, we’re off the beaten path – and we like it that way! In a city chock-full of upscale food, drink, and entertainment, we’re holding it down in the Tenderloin: home of SF’s very best cheap eats, dive bars, and legendary music venues. Our beautiful hostel, set in a 1920s boutique hotel complete with on-site bar, is...

female dorm room at Santa Monica Hostel

HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel

Just a block from the beach on LA's trendy West Side, HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel is the perfect spot for living the California dream. Sunbathe in our courtyard or surf the nearby Pacific; spend an afternoon or evening at the famous Santa Monica Pier; bike to nearby Venice Beach; or just spend your time discovering the shops, cafes, and bars all around the hostel. Our...

HI Los Angeles South Bay hostel dorm room

HI Los Angeles South Bay Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is open for individual travelers from June through September. Groups can book year round by using the group request form below.

The best view in LA awaits guests at HI Los Angeles South Bay hostel! Peer out at the Korean Friendship Bell, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island from this homey hostel in LA’s quiet San Pedro...

HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort hostel exterior view

HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Hostel

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Hostel is a unique, cozy getaway just 20 miles from Yosemite National Park. The park itself is easily accessible from the hostel by shuttle, and whatever adventures you have planned, our staff is here to help you make the most of them.

By day, you can enjoy not only the National Park, but also tons of nearby hiking and...

Beach at HI Point Montara Lighthouse hostel

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

HI Point Montara Lighthouse hostel sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific just 25 miles south of San Francisco. Here, you’ll wake up each morning to the sound of waves crashing on the shore from your cozy dorm or private room. Check out the tide pools on the beach just in front of the hostel, bike past breathtaking scenery on one of the many nearby trails, or head down to...

hostel dorm room with bunk beds

HI Monterey Hostel

If you’re looking for a laid-back base for your visit to charming Monterey, HI Monterey hostel can’t be beat. Just blocks from Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the California Coastal Trail, you’ll love our prime location. We’ve got both private rooms and dorms available for every kind of traveler, and our fully equipped guest kitchen, beautiful...

outside lounge at HI Pigeon Point

HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful coastal escape or an educational seaside adventure, Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel is the place to find it. At the foot of a working, 116-foot-tall lighthouse, the hostel is spread out over several buildings accommodating every kind of traveler. In search of a little peace and quiet? Try a stay in one of our private rooms, and go for a...

hostellers enjoying picnic tables with umbrellas

HI Point Reyes Hostel

HI Point Reyes hostel is the perfect place to escape civilization. Tucked away in a secluded valley within the Point Reyes National Seashore, this hostel is a retreat-like haven two miles away from the beach and many more miles away from a Wi-Fi signal.

You won’t need it though since your days will be spent hiking along scenic trails, combing the breathtaking...

HI Sacramento hostellers playing pool in gameroom

HI Sacramento Hostel

Get Gold Rush fever when you stay at HI Sacramento hostel! Housed in a gorgeous Victorian mansion built in 1885, the hostel is a comfy base for budget travelers who want to explore California’s capital. Hit up the historic sights and museums a few blocks away in Old Sacramento, or sample the farm-to-table food, local wine, microbrews and coffee that are putting the city on...

private room in HI San Diego Downtown with ensuite bathroom and desk

HI San Diego Downtown Hostel

Experience the best of SoCal’s beaches, warm weather, and culture when you stay at our downtown hostel in San Diego, California. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, HI San Diego Downtown Hostel is a perfect base for exploring local restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Decked out with endless art and San Diego flavor galore, the hostel is the perfect place to immerse...

hostellers playing ping pong

HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel

In one of the city’s most laid-back neighborhoods, HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel is the perfect place to chill with new friends on your visit to sunny SoCal. Borrow a free surfboard and ride the waves at Ocean Beach less than two miles away, relax by the backyard fire pit with fellow travelers or in our double-wide hammock, or spend your days experiencing San Diego’s...

perfect study space at  HI Marin Headlands hostel

HI Marin Headlands Hostel

Here’s a secret that not many people know: HI Marin Headlands hostel is where you go when you want to escape San Francisco and get in touch with nature. Whether you’re hiking and biking at Mount Tamalpais, tree hugging at Muir Woods or just kicking back on the nearby Rodeo beach, HI Marin Headlands is an awesome base.

Spend the night in a dorm or private room...

exterior of HI Santa Cruz hostel

HI Santa Cruz Hostel

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,...

outside of  HI San Luis Obispo Hostel

HI San Luis Obispo Hostel

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...