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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HI Boston large dining area with hostellers

HI Boston Hostel

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 famed Boston Public...

Dining area at HI Eastham Hostel

HI Eastham Hostel

Please note, HI Eastham is a summer-only hostel open from June 16 - September 10, 2017. 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...

Bunk beds at HI Hyannis Hostel

HI Hyannis Hostel

Please note, HI Hyannis is a summer-only hostel open from May 19 - October 8, 2017. 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...

Private room at HI Littleton Friendly Crossways Hostel

HI Friendly Crossways Hostel

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...

Bunks beds at HI Martha's Vineyard Hostel

HI Martha's Vineyard Hostel

Please note, HI Martha’s Vineyard is a summer-only hostel open from May 19 - October 10, 2017. 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...

Hosteller in loung area of HI Nantucket

HI Nantucket Hostel

Please note, HI Nantucket is a summer-only hostel open from May 19 - October 9, 2017. 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...

Bunk beds at HI Truro Hostel

HI Truro Hostel

Please note, HI Truro is a summer-only hostel open from June 23 - September 3, 2017. 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...