About Massachusetts

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Today, Massachusetts is home to premier beaches, rich history, and famous urban sites – as well as several Hostelling International hostel locations, including Harvard, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Eastham, and Truro. Visitors of the Harvard hostel can explore Thoreau’s Walden Pond one-room cabin and trails, or swim, sail, canoe, or ice skate on Harvard’s Bare Hill Pond. Boston, is home to countless historic sites, including the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which leads visitors to 16 locations that tell the story of the American Revolution firsthand, including the Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument, and several museums. Other popular Boston destinations include Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, and Newbury Street, known for its upscale shopping. The islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are both popular summer destinations and hold several annual events, including the popular Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, held every August, and Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival, which runs from early April to mid May. Eastham is the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, while Truro, known for its unspoiled, breathtaking beaches, is located near Provincetown, one of the oldest art colonies in the U.S. Massachusetts Vacation & Travel Guide

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modern bright spacious six bed hostel dorm at HI Boston

HI Boston

Don’t let Boston’s rich history make you think this city is frozen in Revolutionary time. Boston is a bustling, modern metropolis and the HI Boston hostel is at the center of it all. At HI Boston, you’re only steps from Boston Common and the Freedom trail, a metro ride to world renowned universities like Harvard and M.I.T., and a short walk from the...

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HI Eastham

Relive your fondest memories from summer camp while enjoying the best of Cape Cod at the HI Eastham hostel. Our rustic cottage colony features quaint sleeping cabins surrounding a main building where guests from around the world gather and prepare meals. Charge up for a day of exploring with our free breakfast and wind down by grilling dinner on our patio and sharing stories...

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HI Hyannis

If you’re looking for a place to unwind where you can spend your days exploring Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard then HI Hyannis is the hostel for you. Not only does this harbor-side cottage hostel have the sunny rooms and cool breezes you need to relax, it’s a true gateway to the rest of The Cape and Islands. When you’re done exploring Main Street and ready...

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HI Friendly Crossways

HI Friendly Crossways Youth Hostel

A Country Gem Among Boston Hostels

HI Friendly Crossways is the longest continually operating youth hostel in the US. Just 30 miles northwest of Boston and Harvard Square in Cambridge, and easily accessible by train, this quiet country Boston hostel is only 20 minutes from Thoreau’s Walden Pond, national historical...

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HI Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s many beaches, bike paths, and art galleries attract a wide variety of travelers, including celebrities (Lady Gaga!) and influencers (The Obamas!), and the HI Martha’s Vineyard hostel is nestled in center of it all. Getting around the island from the hostel is easy with a bus stop right out front and a bike path in back, but you’ll have a hard time...

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HI Nantucket

Located on the south side of the island, with private beach access just steps away, the HI Nantucket hostel is a little slice of paradise. We’ve got everything you need to settle in for a little rest and relaxation. Borrow one of our chairs or boogie boards and hit the beach or rent a bike and cycle around the island on one of the many bike paths. You’ll meet interesting...

umbrella in the sand on Truro beach

HI Truro

Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and let cool ocean breezes take away your troubles at our HI Truro hostel in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Take in the breathtaking views from our dining room while you enjoy free breakfast or cook up a dinner feast in our shared guest kitchen. Spend your day relaxing at the beach, which is just five minutes away, or go on a hike...