Summer travel is about celebrating the outdoors, treating yourself to your dream getaway, and savoring every minute. So what does your perfect summer escape look like? Is it about getting lost in nature on a challenging hike or finding a place to unwind off the beaten path? Or can you not imagine summer without a jaunt to the beach?
And if you’d rather join a community of travelers from all over the world than a flurry of tourists in the same old destinations, read on. In May and June, 11 hostels will open their doors for the season in unique locations across the country. They’ll soon fill up with a diverse mix of visitors from every part of the world who want to share in the spirit of summer. The only question is, will you join them?
HI Harpers Ferry (May 1) – Located where Maryland meets West Virginia and Virginia, this hostel offers a lodge-style hostel and space to camp with views of the Potomac River. Set out 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 (May 10) – Living glaciers, staggering waterfalls, and abundant wildlife makes 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.
HI Woodford Greenwood Lodge (May 20) – Swim, fish, boat, canoe, bike, and hike across 120 scenic acres, just 3 miles from the Appalachian Trail. After a rigorous day, unwind in this quaint Vermont town with a city concert, play, or world-famous cheddar cheese and maple syrup.
HI Martha’s Vineyard (May 20) – Awarded the friendliest hostel in the world 4 times out of more than 4,000, this charming hostel provides an affordable, alluring option in one of the country’s most expensive summer vacation areas.
HI Hyannis (May 20) – Located in the famed vacation town of the Kennedys, HI Hyannis is close to local artist shanties, shops, and restaurants in a serene Cape Cod setting. If you want to combine your quiet getaway with an island destination, it’s also the jumping off point for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
HI Fullerton (June 13) – 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 Los Angeles 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 (June 13) – Located in the scenic Angel's Gate Park, 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.
HI Tibbetts Point Lighthouse (June 17) – Perched where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet, this old lighthouse-turned-hostel is nestled in Upstate New York and accessible to the Thousand Islands and Canada. Fall in love with this waterfront destination in a historic setting.
HI Nantucket (May 20) – 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 (June 17) – 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 (June 24) – This northern Cape Cod hostel is perfect for beach goers who still want to be close to the action. In addition to its proximity to beaches, HI Truro is sought after for its accessibility to Provincetown, restaurants, and shops. 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!