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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Exterior view of Hi Boston Hostel

HI Boston Hostel

Save 10% on all 4- and 6-bed dorms and private rooms when you stay with us from December 1 through February 28*. We’re also...

Kitchen at HI Eastham Hostel

HI Eastham Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is currently closed for the season. HI Eastham will re-open June 16 - September 9, 2017. Reservations are now being accepted for those dates. 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...

Exterior of HI Hyannis Hostel

HI Hyannis Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is currently closed for the season. HI Hyannis will re-open May 19 - October 8, 2017. Reservations are now being accepted for those dates. 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...

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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...

Dorm room at HI Martha's Vineyard

HI Martha's Vineyard Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is currently closed for the season. HI Martha’s Vineyard will re-open May 20 - October 8, 2017. Reservations are now being accepted for those dates. 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...

Exterior of HI Nantucket at nighttime

HI Nantucket Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is currently closed for the season. HI Nantucket will re-open May 19 - October 8, 2017. Reservations are now being accepted for those dates. 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...

Exterior view of HI Truro Hostel

HI Truro Hostel

Please note, this summer-only hostel is currently closed for the season. HI Truro will re-open June 23 - September 2, 2017. Reservations are now being accepted for those dates. 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...