Hostels in Michigan Hostels in Michigan

You are looking for hostels in Michigan? 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 Michigan 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 Michigan.

All Cities in Michigan

We list every single hostel in Michigan and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan. 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 Michigan

Michigan is a midwestern state of the United States of America. Its name is derived from the Ojibwa's word "mishigamaa," which means "large body of water." The state borders four of the five Great Lakes. It also contains over 11,000 inland lakes. Its 96,716 square miles of land form two peninsulas. The five-mile long Straits of Mackinac separates the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula, which are connected together by the Mackinac Bridge.

Michigan is the automotive center of the U.S., containing three major auto companies. The state also produced about 11% of the U.S. military arms during World War II. Yet its tourists are drawn by a completely different reason; Michigan's land includes around 50% forest which attracts hunters, while the many lakes and beaches lure leisure vacationers. The Tulip Time Festival and National Cherry Festival are points of attraction as well.

If you are planning a budget vacation in this state, you will find Michigan hostels and hostel-type, economic lodgings spread throughout. Look for accommodations named "Inn" or "Lodge" to find a variety of Michigan's hostel-like lodgings. For $45 to $60 per night for two persons, you can expect a safe, clean place rated around 3 1/2 to 4 stars. With many choices available, you can easily locate the ideal hostel near points on your itinerary.

There is no shortage of sight-seeing activities for your itinerary. Many attractions all around the state have earned 5-star reviews from their many impressed visitors. Among those popular, well-enjoyed attractions are the John Ford Museum in Dearborn, the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as well as Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Empire, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as the Miners Castle Rock in Munising, the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, the State Park in Ludington, the Silver Beach Carousel in Saint Joseph, and the Tahquamenon Falls and State Park in Paradise.

For one full day's activities, for example, you may wish to visit Greenfield Village in Dearborn, just outside Detroit. It is an outdoor museum of American history and includes the John Ford Museum. Across 80 acres, you will find 83 authentic historic structures as well as fun rides. Go see Rosa Park's bus, Thomas Edison's lab, the Wright Brothers' workshop, Abraham Lincoln's chair, Washington's bed, and Noah Webster's home where he authored the first American dictionary. Take a ride on a Model T, in a horse-drawn carriage, or on a train. There are plenty of onsite restaurants to choose from so you will have energy to continue walking all day. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this activity. At the end of the day, you will surely fall into your hostel bed utterly exhausted.

expert for Michigan hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Michigan hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Michigan - 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 Michigan. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Michigan. 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 Michigan

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 Michigan?

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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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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