Keen to put on your backpack and discover the absolute best hostels in California? You’ve landed on the right guide in that case!
We decided to explore the major destinations in California and collect the coolest hostels worth a visit. From San Francisco in the North, to hostels in Southern California in hot destinations like Los Angeles – this guide has you covered.
From California youth hostels, to epic stays by the beach and mountain lodges with a health spa. Excited?
This US western state follows the Pacific coast for nearly 900 miles.
Get ready to enjoy Sierra Nevada mountains, palm-lined beaches and the home of Hollywood entertainment.
In this guide we take a look at California hostels in:
Best Hostels in South Lake Tahoe: Mellow Mountain Hostel
Most people head to South Lake Tahoe to experience the Sierra Nevada mountains. It offers a perfect mix of ski resorts and beaches, depending on what you fancy doing. There are also plenty of bars, restaurants and casinos to enjoy.
The dramatic backdrop of Santa Ynez Mountains coupled with red-tile roofed buildings make Santa Barbara a beautiful destination. The city’s Spanish colonial heritage is pretty evident… make sure you visit an award winning winery!
Whilst technically a hotel, we couldn’t let The Wayfarer get past your radar.
Seriously, have a look at that outdoor heated swimming pool!
This place has all the amenities of a hostel, with more of a focus on modern & fancy private rooms. Having said that, the mixed dorms are impressive, too.
To bring people together there is a community games room, shared kitchen & dining area, and a colourful library.
Also: There is a unique event space for up to 100 guests.
This is certainly one of those USA hotels you do not want to miss.
Best Hostels in Santa Cruz: HI – Santa Cruz Hostel
Santa Cruz is home to some pretty cool vintage rides such as the 1911 Looff Carousel and Giant Dipper roller coaster. You can also wander around endless vintage clothing stores, galleries and shops. Don’t miss Natural Bridges State Beach!
Okay, now that is a bit embarrassing, currently, we have no special hostel discounts for hostels in California. We are always working on getting promo codes for great hostels in top destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco etc.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in California. Which of the best hostels in the
California have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
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Have fun & Safe travels!
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