Hostels in Iowa Hostels in Iowa

You are looking for hostels in Iowa? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Iowa hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Iowa.

All Cities in Iowa

We list every single hostel in Iowa and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Iowa for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Iowa hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Iowa. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Iowa

Iowa is located in the Midwest of the United States of America. It is known for its flat plains, farmland, and friendly folk. If you road trip across the United States, Iowa is likely a place you'll drive through.

Des Moines, the capital city, is located in the center of Iowa. As the largest Iowan city, it has the most to do. Adventureland is an amusement park open in the summer with rides for everyone from young children to wild thrill seekers, plus a water park as an opportunity to cool off. Downtown Des Moines offers sculpture parks, coffee shops, bars, and a small number of restaurants and retail establishments.

The urban area is completely opposite of the rest of the state, which is mostly rural and specializes in growing corn and soybeans. Even in these parts, you may not find hostels, but you're still bound to find a few gems. The most popular attraction in Iowa is the Amana Colonies, a group of people dedicated to simple living.

Western Iowa borders Nebraska, separated by the Missouri River. If you visit the city of Council Bluffs, you can walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge into Omaha, Nebraska. A line painted down the center of the bridge even allows you to be in two places at once!

To the east, you can find some fun roadside attractions. Traveling Trekkies will appreciate seeing Captain Kirk's Future Birthplace in Riverside. There is a marker memorializing where they anticipate him being born in the year 2228, as well as a gift shop with special souvenirs about the town and the Star Trek series. They even have a large model of their very own USS Riverside. A casino is also located just outside of this town.

In the town of Eldon, they don't have any hostels, but they do have the American Gothic House. This farm house was the backdrop of the famous painting by Grant Wood, and you can even dress up and take a snapshot to re-create the art piece.

Ames is a city that you may visit if considering colleges, as it is the home of Iowa State University. Since college towns usually have businesses and services that appeal to budget travelers as well, you may want to stop here even if you're not pursuing further education.

Hostels in Iowa are very limited, since there aren't big cities or tourist attractions to support the hostel industry. However, prices in Iowa tend to be pretty low compared to other US states, which will certainly appeal to your wallet!

expert for Iowa hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Iowa hostels Jessica Lippe

Travel Tips for Iowa - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Iowa. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Iowa. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Iowa

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Iowa?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Iowa here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Iowa safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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