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California Hostels

  • California Hostels

    Taking a trip to California? Dreaming of cruising down Highway 101 along the Big Sur coast in your very own Cadillac? Search for your favourite stars in Hollywood? Snow board half-pipes in Tahoe? Surfing on San Diego's famous Ocean Beach? You can do all the above in California. Join our whistle-stop trip to our top hostels in California starting with the lesser known state capital Sacramento.

  • Sacramento - Gold Fever

    Although it's the state capital, it's only the 7th largest city in California, built along the Sacramento River. The town grew during the Gold Rush of the 1800's, attracting 1,000s of prospectors from all over the world. From Sacramento, go rafting or cycling, or further afield on a day trip to the Napa/Sonoma wine valleys.

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  • Yosemite

    Yosemite Hostels

    Yosemite National Park covering almost 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Why not stay in Yosemite Springs, just 20 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. From there you can explore the park and visit California's Gold Country to pan for gold and get a taste for what the California Gold Rush was really like.


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  • San Francisco

    San Francisco Hostels

    400 miles north of Los Angeles on the Californian pacific coast lies San Francisco. Settled by the Spanish in 1776, San Francisco grew rapidly in the 1800s during the Californian Gold Rush. Today the city is most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and of course "the rock" (Alcatraz prison located in the middle of San Francisco Bay). There is also a vibrant and diverse culture mix in the city; from the "little Italy" in North Beach to Chinatown to the more bohemian Haight-Ashbury, Castro & Mission districts. The best way to see the sites is to jump on the rickety old cable cars that still shuttle people up and down the city streets. Just 45 minutes from San Francisco is Sonoma Valley the world's fourth largest producer of wine where you can sample some of their award winning Syrah and Pinot Noir wines!


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    Download your free city guide for San Francisco
    Listen to our podcast from San Francisco

  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe Hostels

    Only a few hours from San Francisco on the California and Nevada border lies Lake Tahoe the highest lake in the US. This alpine lake setting is a perfect place to enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, mountain biking, casinos & nightlife. Popular for escaping the city in the summertime, but probably more widely known for some of the best skiing and snow boarding anywhere in the world during the winter.

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  • Point Montara - Stay in a lighthouse

    Point Montara Hostels

    On the rugged pacific coast 25 miles south of San Francisco, stands the Point Montara Fog Signal and Light Station. There is no better location to explore this spectacular coastline. Between November and April you can enjoy the annual migration of gray whales. Just north of the lighthouse is Mt. Montara, just the spot for hiking and biking. For you water babies, there are great beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking and windsurfing.

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  • Monterey - The Big Sur

    Monterey Hostels

    Monterey is the starting point for the famous Big Sur drive, 90 miles of dramatic coastlines and scenic beaches along the pacific coast. Before you hit the road, you can enjoy whale watching, scuba diving and kayaking in scenic Monterey Bay or just rest and relax in this area of stunning natural beauty.

    Book hostels in Monterey

  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara Hostels

    Another 180 miles southwards along Highway 101 is Santa Barbara, affectionately known as the American Riviera. Santa Barbara boasts year round sunshine and warm weather. For those adrenaline junkies choose from surfing, kiteboarding, scuba diving, hiking, rock climbing and hang-gliding.

    Book hostels in Santa Barbara

  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Hostels

    America's second largest city is a must for all you stargazers out there. Your first stop should be Hollywood Boulevard where you will see the famous handprints of all your favourite celebrities. There are several guided tours that bring you right by the homes of the rich and famous. From LA you can visit Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain. If the beach is more your thing, then Santa Monica or Venice Beach away from downtown Los Angeles is the place for you.


    Book hostels in Los Angeles
    Download your free city guide for Los Angeles
    Listen to our podcast from Los Angeles

  • San Diego

    San Diego Hostels

    Just north of the Mexican border, San Diego is by far the most laid back of California's big cities and a great place to chill out. There are many places to laze about during the day and the city itself is in a compact grid means getting around is a breeze. Some of the most popular beaches are Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

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  • California Hostels

    Taking a trip to California? Dreaming of cruising down Highway 101 along the Big Sur coast in your very own Cadillac? Search for your favourite stars in Hollywood? Snow board half-pipes in Tahoe? Surfing on San Diego's famous Ocean Beach? You can do all the above in California. Join our whistle-stop trip to our top hostels in California starting with the lesser known state capital Sacramento.

  • Sacramento - Gold Fever

    Although it's the state capital, it's only the 7th largest city in California, built along the Sacramento River. The town grew during the Gold Rush of the 1800's, attracting 1,000s of prospectors from all over the world. From Sacramento, go rafting or cycling, or further afield on a day trip to the Napa/Sonoma wine valleys.

    Book hostels in Sacramento

  • Yosemite

    Yosemite Hostels

    Yosemite National Park covering almost 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Why not stay in Yosemite Springs, just 20 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. From there you can explore the park and visit California's Gold Country to pan for gold and get a taste for what the California Gold Rush was really like.


    Book hostels in Yosemite

  • San Francisco

    San Francisco Hostels

    400 miles north of Los Angeles on the Californian pacific coast lies San Francisco. Settled by the Spanish in 1776, San Francisco grew rapidly in the 1800s during the Californian Gold Rush. Today the city is most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and of course "the rock" (Alcatraz prison located in the middle of San Francisco Bay). There is also a vibrant and diverse culture mix in the city; from the "little Italy" in North Beach to Chinatown to the more bohemian Haight-Ashbury, Castro & Mission districts. The best way to see the sites is to jump on the rickety old cable cars that still shuttle people up and down the city streets. Just 45 minutes from San Francisco is Sonoma Valley the world's fourth largest producer of wine where you can sample some of their award winning Syrah and Pinot Noir wines!


    Book hostels in San Francisco
    Download your free city guide for San Francisco
    Listen to our podcast from San Francisco

  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe Hostels

    Only a few hours from San Francisco on the California and Nevada border lies Lake Tahoe the highest lake in the US. This alpine lake setting is a perfect place to enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, mountain biking, casinos & nightlife. Popular for escaping the city in the summertime, but probably more widely known for some of the best skiing and snow boarding anywhere in the world during the winter.

    Book hostels in Lake Tahoe

  • Point Montara - Stay in a lighthouse

    Point Montara Hostels

    On the rugged pacific coast 25 miles south of San Francisco, stands the Point Montara Fog Signal and Light Station. There is no better location to explore this spectacular coastline. Between November and April you can enjoy the annual migration of gray whales. Just north of the lighthouse is Mt. Montara, just the spot for hiking and biking. For you water babies, there are great beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking and windsurfing.

    Book Point Montara Lighthouse

  • Monterey - The Big Sur

    Monterey Hostels

    Monterey is the starting point for the famous Big Sur drive, 90 miles of dramatic coastlines and scenic beaches along the pacific coast. Before you hit the road, you can enjoy whale watching, scuba diving and kayaking in scenic Monterey Bay or just rest and relax in this area of stunning natural beauty.

    Book hostels in Monterey

  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara Hostels

    Another 180 miles southwards along Highway 101 is Santa Barbara, affectionately known as the American Riviera. Santa Barbara boasts year round sunshine and warm weather. For those adrenaline junkies choose from surfing, kiteboarding, scuba diving, hiking, rock climbing and hang-gliding.

    Book hostels in Santa Barbara

  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Hostels

    America's second largest city is a must for all you stargazers out there. Your first stop should be Hollywood Boulevard where you will see the famous handprints of all your favourite celebrities. There are several guided tours that bring you right by the homes of the rich and famous. From LA you can visit Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain. If the beach is more your thing, then Santa Monica or Venice Beach away from downtown Los Angeles is the place for you.


    Book hostels in Los Angeles
    Download your free city guide for Los Angeles
    Listen to our podcast from Los Angeles

  • San Diego

    San Diego Hostels

    Just north of the Mexican border, San Diego is by far the most laid back of California's big cities and a great place to chill out. There are many places to laze about during the day and the city itself is in a compact grid means getting around is a breeze. Some of the most popular beaches are Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

    Book hostels in San Diego

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3 Comments

  • Hostelworld.com Monday, April 12th, 2010, 7:32am

    For CR, There is no overall list for hostels in California; however, we do have an overall list for all our hostel in the USA here: http://www.hostelworld.com/countries/usahostels.html This list is divided into numerous different cities, towns and destinations and includes many locations in California. Individual hostels will have different storage capabilities in terms of your bicycle but you'll be able to check that with each hostel. As for staying in the less expensive dorms, there shouldn't be a problem there. Hope this helps! For Terri, There are benefits of being a ‘member on Hostelworld but just so you know – you don’t need to be a member to book hostels on the site. Anybody can book on it (members or non-members). We have a section called ‘MyWorld’ which you can join that’s our social networking part of the site where you can connect with other travellers and view your bookings. Hope this helps! Hostelworld.com

  • CR Friday, April 9th, 2010, 5:29pm

    First: What I really need is a list of all the hostels you tie into. At present, in California. Does such an overall list exist? Second: I am a cyclist, USA citizen, travelling in USA for present. Can I still stay in the less expensive dorms? Thanks.

  • terri Monday, November 9th, 2009, 8:19pm

    we frequently travel up and down the state; withinb the country and, at times; out of the country. do we require some sort of membership in order to utilize your hostels? thanx

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