California Hostels


California Travel Tips & Suggestions

There is a Farmers Market festival every Thursday in Fullerton, with music and lots of food. Great location for Disneyland, Knox Berry Farm, California Adventure, and other scenic adventures.
Don't miss the Haight Ashbury area (centered around the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street) to get a taste of what the San Francisco 60s was all about.
Of course most visitors to Berkeley go to Telegraph to shop, but there are plenty of other areas that offer a completely different type of shopping experience, if the begging teenager/dirty hippie scene isn't your thing. Try College Ave (go several blocks past the dorms) and Fourth Street. Fourth Street is a bit …
I've been to Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Los Angeles is good if you want to experience "Hollywood". Other than that, if you want to experience social beaches I would head to San Diego. If you want a really great city experience, nothing beats San Francisco. There is a lot to do in Los Angeles but be …
If you are going to visit San Diego make sure you stay in Pacific Beach. The beach is awesome with some great surf and the nightlife is impressive. Heaps of great bars with some really good drink specials.
Pack a sweater! Because Santa Cruz is in California and a beach town, many people think it will be warm and sunny. Actually, it can get surprisingly cold. Also, don't count on swimming in the ocean, unless you wear a wetsuit. As with most of Northern California beaches, the water is freezing.
Big Bear Lake is an awesome town hidden in the mountains. I felt like I was in the Alps! I stopped there on my way to Las Vegas and Joshua Tree. I stayed for three days when I only planned to stop for the night. I went kayaking and hiked to Castle Rock which has great views of the lake and alpine forest. I'd love to …
Visit Sacramento -- it's a tranquil place. I suggest enjoying a delicious coffee in the naked lounge -- it's great!
Sausalito sits just over the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco. It's a wonderful port town with higher-end shops, good seafood, and pubs and bars. There are tons of sailboats in several marinas. There is a nice ferry to San Francisco. I'm a native of Marin County -- it is filled with mostly friendly people driving …
Santa Barbara is located on the coast of California, north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara was named after Mission Santa Barbara, an eighteenth-century Spanish mission built to convert local Native Americans to Catholicism. The city is best known for its Spanish architecture and stunning beaches. And the hostels in …
Point Reyes has both a breathtaking landscape and a culturally rich community. The two meet to create one of the most rewarding destinations in California's Bay Area. The cape itself is home to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, a historically significant beacon balanced on the hills, from which visitors may see whales around …
Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for Americans and overseas hostel travelers alike. Located about a four hour drive from San Francisco, it makes a perfect spot for a weekend break or longer. Tahoe gets a mix of young revelers to seniors, and has something for everyone. Popular in both winter and summer, Lake …
Welcome to the California coast -- Santa Cruz is known for its beaches, the surfing possibilities (many famous surfers have practiced in the beaches of Santa Cruz), a young vibe, and as a place where many different cultures and lifestyles come to mix, creating a rather alternative feel. Santa Cruz is the kind of town …
The city of Bishop, California, USA, is located in central California near the Nevada border. While only a few thousand people live here, it is the largest populated city in the area, surrounded by picturesque natural scenery. The Owens Valley, in which Bishop is located, experiences an arid climate, and a little bit …
San Francisco was built on 43 hills and is perhaps most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge. The central neighborhoods include the Tenderloin, Union Square, the Mission, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, and South of Market ("SoMa"). You will find San Francisco hostels in many of these districts. If you are visiting …
Mammoth Lakes is a small city located in the Eastern Sierra region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. This region is a popular winter vacation spot for local Californians, due to the well-established ski slopes and resorts. Mammoth Lakes has many restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, shops, tourist information …
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA. While the central city area is home to about 4 million people, the metropolitan area is vast and holds over 18 million people in total. Los Angeles is served by LAX airport as well as a variety of different transport methods. The public transport system inside the …
Monterey, located on the coast of California south of San Jose and San Francisco, is a port city characterized by many adobe, Spanish-Colonial-style buildings. Its main attractions are along the waterfront. That's also where you'll find hostel and hotel accommodations. There are so many things to do in Monterey, it …
One of the more beautiful places in the state of California is South Lake Tahoe, and it's great that you have the option of staying in a hostel here. Because more and more tourists and locals alike frequent the different places for which South Lake Tahoe is quite famous, the local government is continuously improving …
Sausalito is a small, bayside town with many personalities. On one hand, it is rustic, artistic, and maintains undercurrents of the counterculture community it once was. On the other hand, it can be posh, pricey, and sickly sweet, so it's great to have the option of getting a hostel in the area. The first town …