It is often said that perception is reality. But the thing is, travel changes both.
This winter, we invite you to experience the season in the way that is most alluring to you. Whether you’re invigorated by the sand beneath your toes or the snow beneath your skis, the important thing is that you keep moving. Because the people and places you want to learn about don’t hibernate for the winter, and neither should you.
Find your community of travelers, your friends for the day, and your inspiration to keep exploring by welcoming winter - however you define it - at one of our locally inspired hostels. Here are a few ideas for your winter getaway:
A Winter Wonderland
Bostonians are pros when it comes to the snow, and they certainly don’t let it get in the way of enjoying their great city. Patrons can enjoy ice skating or sledding on the Boston Commons, and the adventurous can take part in “frostbite sailing” on Boston Harbor, which is offered by a variety of sailing companies.
It’s going to take more than cold, wind, and snow to stop this city from having a good time this winter. This sports town is an exciting place to watch college or professional football or hockey - live or at a warm sports bar. And embrace winter by ice skating at Millennium Park just a couple of blocks from the hostel, or take a short trip to go snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snow tubing.
Enjoy a winter wonderland in a tranquil setting at HI Mississippi Headwaters, located in Minnesota’s Itasca State Park. This lodge-style hostel is the perfect home base for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and you can cozy up to a warm fire at the end of the day with fellow travelers.
A magical holiday spirit sweeps over the city that never sleeps each winter. Festive decorations light up the streets, and there’s no better place for holiday shopping on any budget. You can also enjoy ice skating in Central Park and Rockefeller Plaza.
A Sunkissed Holiday
No matter what time of year you visit, it will feel like it’s summertime. In the winter months, the average daytime weather is 78F/28.6C, which is warm enough to relax on the beach, snorkel in the ocean, or take a hike in shorts and a t-shirt through a tropical jungle. This hostel is just 2 blocks from the beach and close to prime retail stores.
It might not be beach weather in winter, but the sun is out and the air is warm enough to revel in the outdoors. Take a walk along the palm tree-lined beaches or enjoy street performers on the 3rd Street Promenade, just 2 blocks from the hostel. You can also arrange an excursion to LA’s top attractions and theme parks at the front desk. There is so much to enjoy outside in Santa Monica, it’s just a matter of doing it all!
With a warm climate all year long - never too hot, never too cold - San Diego is always a favorite destination. Enjoy beaches, Balboa Park, and a laid back vibe that hallmarks this SoCal town. HI San Diego Downtown is perfect for those who want to be close to nightlife, and HI San Diego Point Loma is perfect for those who want to kick back with their fellow hostellers around a fire pit.
Not far from Half Moon Bay, these two lighthouse hostels sit along the California coast. From December through May, you can see the gray whale migration - often from the hostel window! Winter is also a perfect time to rent out HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse’s private hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean.