Find Your Perfect Fall Hostel | Hostelling International USA

Fall In Love With The Changing Seasons

Watching the seasons change could not be more magical than doing it at one of our conveniently located hostels. Whether backpacking, traveling solo or with friends, join us in welcoming the fall! We have selected some exceptional locations for you to visit, explore and share the experience of the great outdoors this fall.

1. Richmond, VA

The Richmond skyline in fall from the Lee Bridge

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in Virginia, and traveling throughout its capital during this season can reveal an abundance of color. Located directly on U.S. Bike Route #1 and the East Coast Greenway, HI Richmond is an ideal stop for competitive and leisure cyclists alike. Nature lovers will revel in the hostel’s proximity to hiking trails, kayaking, outdoor adventures and state and national parks during this season.

2. New York City, NY

A bridge in Central Park New York in the fall

Smart travelers head to NYC in Fall, while the air is the perfect temperature for walking and the holiday crowd has yet to flock in. While you're in the Big Apple, join HI New York City for a variety of walking tours, including a guest favorite to the famous Central Park to see the changing leaves.

3. Boston, MA

A view of Boston in the fall from Boston Public Garden

Fall is a dream in Boston because the weather is just right after the oppressive summer heat, and the city trees are the loveliest shades of bright and fiery autumn. Stay at HI Boston and take a stroll to the Boston Public Garden where you can admire the colorful elm trees and take in the scenery from a swan boat on the lagoon.

4. White River Junction, VT

A scenic view of Vermont in the fall

Renowned for its natural beauty, Vermont boats an even more striking landscape every fall. Our historic hostel, HI White River Junction, sits in a quirky town with artsy charm near the Quechee Gorge. This 165-foot deep gorge runs a mile long and is part of the Quechee Gorge State Park, where you’ll find breathtaking views of this natural wonder.

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5. Madison, WI

a tree lined street in Madison Wisconsin in the fall

This friendly Midwest town is infused with trees revealing rapidly changing leaves, and glacial lakes, bicycle paths, and parks are all connected to your experience in Wisconsin’s capital city. Enjoy a quintessential American Fall experience by attending a Big 10 football game not far from the HI Madison’s downtown location.

6. Sacramento, CA

A view of HI Sacramento hostel surrounded by fall trees

California’s capital city is nicknamed the City of Trees, with elms, sycamores, and oaks taking up almost a quarter of the streets and suburbs. So you can imagine what the fall is like as all those leaves change colors. Walk to the Capitol Building or to downtown restaurants and bars, all just blocks from HI Sacramento, and you’ll get to experience the colorful canopy.

7. Park Rapids, MN

Itasca State Park in Wisconsin in the fall

Discover some of Minnesota’s last remaining virgin pine forest right outside HI Mississippi Headwaters, and enjoy hiking, cycling, and boating before the snow creeps in. Relax at our lodge-style hostel situated in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from where the Mississippi River begins.

8. Harpers Ferry, MD

an aerial view of Harpers Ferry in the fall

Fall is the perfect time to get out into nature, and HI Harpers Ferry, which sits pretty atop a hill above the Potomac River, is the perfect place to make your escape. You’ll be surrounded by the perfect fall foliage on the hostel’s scenic grounds and while you hike along the many trails nearby. HI Harpers Ferry is open to the public from May to October, but you can rent out the whole hostel with your group year ‘round.

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A foggy stretch of Highway 1 in California

3 Mini Road Trips to Take This Fall

If you’re planning a trip to HI USA hostels in some of our big cities this fall, why not add on a mini road trip to an underrated destination nearby? Gather some friends (bonus points if they’re new ones you made at a hostel), and treat yourselves to a road trip adventure.