Summertime Only Escapes

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? In May and June, 10 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?

Outdoor Adventure

people tubing on the Potomac River

HI Harpers Ferry (Open 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.

view of Glacier National Park

HI East Glacier Park (Open May 5)

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.

Quiet Getaways

view of Martha's Vineyard party

HI Martha’s Vineyard (Open May 19)

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.

Hyannis, MA

HI Hyannis (Open May 19)

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.

California flag waving on HI Fullerton Hostel

HI Fullerton (Open June 12)

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.

International Bell of Friendship in San Pedro

HI Los Angeles South Bay (Open June 12)

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 Hostel

HI Tibbetts Point Lighthouse (Open June 15)

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.

Relaxing Beaches

Nantucket Lighthouse by the water

HI Nantucket (Open May 19)

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 Hostel

HI Eastham (Open June 16)

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.

Cape Cod beach

HI Truro (Open June 23)

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!