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

Cape Cod Lodging in Sleeping Cabins in a Wooded Setting

In a wooded setting one mile from Cape Cod Bay, HI Eastham hostel is a great base for individual travelers, families, and groups. HI Eastham is a traditional Cape Cod cottage colony: sleeping cabins of 4-8 beds surround the main building where guests find the bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, and lounge. The yard...

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HI Hyannis

Your perfect jumping off point for exploring Cape Cod

Voted the Best Hostel in North America 2012, HI Hyannis is the newest Cape Cod Hostel and boasts harbor views and small town charm. HI Hyannis is a picturesque home, providing guests an idyllic place to relax. Only steps from downtown, the hostel’s location could not be more ideal: across the street from the...

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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...

front of Martha's Vineyard Hostel

HI Martha's Vineyard

Visit the four-time winner as the World’s Friendliest Hostel!

HI Martha’s Vineyard hostel is nestled in the rural center of this popular island destination off the coast of Cape Cod and centrally located between the Aquinnah Clay Cliffs, Menemsha Fishing Village, and Oak Bluffs. With a bus stop across the road from the hostel and a bike path behind it, getting...

exterior of Nantucket Hostel

HI Nantucket

Known locally as Star of the Sea, HI Nantucket hostel was built as a lifesaving station in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the watchtower of the main building signals its history. The hostel is just minutes away from Surfside Beach and only 3.5 miles from the ferry docks and Nantucket village. From the hostel, guests can take the bike path...

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HI Truro

Originally a coast guard station, HI Truro is the furthest hostel out on the ‘arm’ of Cape Cod. Located in the Cape Cod National Seashore, the hostel is just a 5-minute walk from the beach. Large picture windows provide a breathtaking view from the spacious kitchen and dining area. Breakfast and parking are free. HI Truro provides easy access to fresh water ponds, bike...