Best Summer Travel Destinations

Summer travel is about outdoor exploring, lazy days in pretty places, and collecting memories with friends old and new. Why not plan the perfect getaway somewhere different this season, and make a trip to HI USA’s hostels in underrated destinations around the country? These sweet spots are only open from around May to October, so they feel like extra rare gems perfect for getting into the summer spirit. Take a look at the places you can stay, from islands on the East Coast to a quiet town in the west, and be sure to book your stay before it’s too late.  

Outdoor Adventure

HI Harpers Ferry

Located where Maryland meets West Virginia and Virginia, this hostel offers a lodge-style atmosphere and space to camp with views of the Potomac River. Set out on a tubing or whitewater rafting adventure, or hike as much or as little of the adjacent Appalachian Trail as you like. And your Civil War town adventure isn’t complete without taking a famous Ghost Tour.

 

HI East Glacier Park

Living glaciers, staggering waterfalls, and abundant wildlife make a stay at this Montana hostel a unique wilderness and natural history experience. A variety of hiking trails, boat tours, and horseback trips are available just out the front door.

Quiet Getaways

HI Martha’s Vineyard

The four-time winner of Hostelling International's friendliest hostel in the world award, this charming hostel provides an affordable option in one of the country’s most expensive summer vacation areas.

 

HI Hyannis

This laid-back New England beach town has been a favorite vacation spot of the rich and famous for decades. Luckily, HI Hyannis makes this an affordable getaway and will put you in walking distance of plenty of local restaurants, art galleries, and cute shopping streets.

 

HI Fullerton

Just 6 miles from Disneyland and 9 miles from Knott’s Berry Farm, this charming, Spanish-style house is perfect for those who want to take advantage of Orange County attractions, yet stay outside the hustle and bustle of downtown. It’s the perfect place to get some quiet time after a busy day exploring.

 

HI Los Angeles South Bay

Located in the scenic Angel's Gate Park, this hostel's stunning views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island create a relaxing retreat away from the crowded streets of Los Angeles. Check out the Korean Bell of Friendship while you’re there, and see a different side of LA.

 

Relaxing Beaches

HI Nantucket

Situated on a world-renowned island, this hostel is primely located a short walk from Surfside Beach. Enjoy a complimentary waffle bar for breakfast before indulging in a long day in the sun.

 

HI Eastham

Surrounded by three acres of wooded land, this traditional cottage colony features rustic sleeping cabins in a quiet, rural area. The nearby Cape Cod Rail Trail takes you to a treasure trove of beaches and ponds, as well as to the nearby town of Orleans.

 

HI Truro

This northern Cape Cod hostel is perfect for beach goers who still want to be close to the action. When you get tired of the hostel’s stunning ocean views, head into Provincetown, just a short distance away, to enjoy shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Guests also enjoy nearby access to fresh water ponds, cranberry bogs, bike paths, and nature trails.

 

If any of these destinations sound like your perfect summer escape, make your reservation now – these favorite summertime spots fill up fast!

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