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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.

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front entrance of HI San Francisco Fishermans Wharf

HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

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 café serving organic food and local beer and wine, a movie room with theater-style seating, a free pool table and jukebox, and a cozy lounge with fireplace make this the most laid-back hostel in...

HI San Francisco Downtown lobby with hostellers lounging

HI San Francisco Downtown

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...

aerial view of HI San Francisco lounge with hostellers

HI San Francisco City Center

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 staffed 24 hours a...

palm trees, boardwalk, and beach near santa monica pier

HI Los Angeles Santa Monica

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 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 Fullerton hostel exterior

HI Los Angeles Fullerton

HI Los Angeles Fullerton hostel isn’t just a convenient base for all of your Orange County and Anaheim adventures: it’s a place to feel right at home among fellow travelers from around the world. This cozy hostel is set in a former home with lots of warm and welcoming touches, like a fireplace, a beautiful backyard full of monarch butterflies, and free on-site parking....

HI Los Angeles South Bay hostel dorm room

HI Los Angeles South Bay

Located in scenic Angel’s Gate Park, HI Los Angeles South Bay hostel wows guests with spectacular sunsets and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. A million-dollar view awaits you at this seaside hostel in the Los Angeles South Bay community of San Pedro. This quiet hostel is a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Spend your...

inside of HI Merced Hostel

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...

six bed dorm room with conjoining door at HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

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...

dining area of HI Point Montara

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

Come explore the California coast!

Come to HI Point Montara Lighthouse hostel and relax in a cozy dorm or private room overlooking the ocean, wander the native plant garden, or walk down to the water to explore the tide pools and secluded beach. Perched on a cliff overlooking the rocky Pacific coast, the Point Montara lighthouse was once one of the most important...

HI Monterey hostel exterior

HI Monterey

HI Monterey is the perfect place to stop while traveling along the California coast. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway? Stop in with old friends or make some new ones halfway between LA and San Francisco at this welcoming home away from home. The Monterey area is that rare natural paradise with a fun and famous city at its heart. Base yourself at our centrally located hostel to...

outside of Pigeon Point Lighthouse

HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

Tide pools, redwoods, elephant seals, grey 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 is one of the top-customer-rated HI hostels in the world. Just 50 miles from San Francisco, come explore neighboring Pescadero Marsh, Ano...

outside area of HI Point Reyes Hostel

HI Point Reyes

Escape civilization and leave your tent at home! HI Point Reyes hostel is nestled in a secluded valley just two miles from the beach, within the Point Reyes National Seashore. As the only accommodation located within the park, the hostel is an ideal base for hiking, beach-combing, and wildlife-viewing adventures. A Certified Green Business, HI Point Reyes looks after the...

open patio area with tables, chairs, and umbrellas at HI Sacramento

HI Sacramento

Step back in time at HI Sacramento hostel, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion in the heart of California’s state capital. In addition to private and shared bedrooms full of period details, the hostel boasts endless spaces for travelers to gather: a fully equipped guest kitchen and gorgeous dining room (complete with chandelier) make group meals special; a private outdoor...

outside of San Diego Downtown Hostel

HI San Diego Downtown

If you’re looking for the best hostel in downtown San Diego, this is it. Decked out with endless art and San Diego flavor galore, we’ll help you immerse yourself in the local scene. Smack dab in the middle of the famous Gaslamp Quarter, HI San Diego Downtown Hostel is a perfect base for exploring local restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Heading out to the beach, the zoo,...

four bed dorm room of Point Loma Hostel

HI San Diego Point Loma

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...

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HI Marin Headlands Hostel

Though it’s located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, HI Marin Headlands hostel truly feels a world away. Set in a coastal wilderness and steeped in more than 100 years of American military history, this hostel offers a secluded escape just 20 minutes from the city. By day, hike the Headlands’ open meadows, bike the coastal mountainside, tour historic...

dining area of HI Santa Cruz

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,...

cozy lounging in HI San Luis Obispo with piano, couches, and coffee table

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...