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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

Since you’re visiting the “City by the Bay,” why not stay right on the waterfront? Located in historic Fort Mason, HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel is surrounded by National Park land on one side, and by the San Francisco Bay on the other. Just outside the hostel, take in breathtaking views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, then take an easy stroll to nearby...

HI San Francisco Downtown lobby with hostellers lounging

HI San Francisco Downtown

HI San Francisco Downtown hostel offers a first-rate location and top-notch amenities at traveler-friendly prices! This hostel is at the center of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theaters, and bars. On site, we’ve got plenty of perks to keep travelers happy, including free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a fully...

aerial view of HI San Francisco lounge with hostellers

HI San Francisco City Center

Vintage character, retro cool, and modern amenities – HI San Francisco City Center’s got it all. The City Center hostel started life in the 1920s as a boutique hotel, and while period details like a marble-tiled lobby and mahogany-railed mezzanine still remain, it’s the 21st century amenities our guests love most. Connect to fast, free Wi-Fi throughout the building; grab some...

palm trees, boardwalk, and beach near santa monica pier

HI Los Angeles Santa Monica

HI Los Angeles - Santa Monica hostel is located just west of LA, less than ten miles from the airport, in a trendy, upscale neighborhood. Set close to cafes, restaurants, and shopping, the hostel is just two blocks from the beach and is within easy walking distance of the famous Santa Monica pier. The hostel offers frequent tours that let you explore local food, landscapes, and...

HI Los Angeles Fullerton hostel exterior

HI Los Angeles Fullerton

HI Los Angeles Fullerton hostel is located in northern Orange County about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, 35 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), six miles from Anaheim (Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim Convention Center), and nine miles from Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park). Located in peaceful Brea Dam Park, this Spanish-style house was...

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

In the midst of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, HI San Diego Downtown hostel offers you a place to rest, recharge, and interact with your fellow nomads. Newly renovated common spaces scream high design, but the hostel’s awesome staff give this place a true home-away-from-home feel. Tap into their encyclopedic knowledge and unabashed enthusiasm for their hometown, whether you want...

four bed dorm room of Point Loma Hostel

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 laid-back HI San Diego Point Loma hostel is the perfect launching point for exploring them. Travelers from across the country and beyond experience an immediate sense of...

outside of Marin Headlands Hostel

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...