Top 5 Hostels Near National Parks

On August 25th, the National Park Service will turn 101 years old! In honor of this grand milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels located in and near National Parks. This list also includes a wide range of activities that would make any nature-lover never want to leave. Sure, we may be a little biased, but hey, HI USA hostels are the best!

1. HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

view of the Golden Gate bridge from HI Fisherman's Wharf
photo of the San Francisco Bay

Since you’re visiting the “City by the Bay,” why not stay right on the waterfront? Located in historic Fort Mason, HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel is surrounded by National Park land on one side, and by the San Francisco Bay on the other. Just outside the hostel, take in breathtaking views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, then take an easy stroll to nearby Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, or the posh Marina district.

2. HI East Glacier Park

HI East Glacier Park with a rainbow above the hostel
East Glacier National Park

Living glaciers, rushing streams, breathtaking 10,000-foot mountains, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife makes a stay at this Glacier National Park hostel a unique wilderness and natural history experience. A wide variety of hiking trails, naturalist-guided hikes, boat tours, and horseback trips are all available right out the front door.

3. HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

front view of HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
Yosemite National Park

HI Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, is just 20 miles from spectacular Yosemite National Park on 50 forested acres. The area has great opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, skiing, rafting, horseback riding, ice skating and hiking. Plus, the hostel is just three miles from the Merced River Scenic Area and hiking trails access.

4. HI Point Reyes

lounge area of HI Point Reyes
front view of HI Marin Headlands

HI Point Reyes hostel is nestled in a secluded valley just two miles from the beach, within the Point Reyes National Seashore. As the only accommodation located within the park, the hostel is an ideal base for hiking, beach-combing, and wildlife-viewing adventures. It’s also a perfect place to enjoy sunny afternoons on our patio and quiet evenings in our comfy park-view lounges.

5. HI Marin Headlands

front view of HI Marin Headlands
view of the Golden Gate bridge near HI Fisherman's Wharf

Just one mile from the Golden Gate National Park in San Francisco, HI Marin Headlands is truly set in a coastal wilderness escape. By day, hike the Headlands’ open meadows, bike the coastal mountainside, tour historic military sites, or head to one of the many local beaches. By night, sleep in turn-of-the-century buildings surrounded by eucalyptus trees and nestled into the hills of the Headlands.

Since 1934, HI USA has sought to operate our hostels in an environmentally responsible manner to ultimately reduce our carbon footprint. Because of this, we are beyond grateful for the National Park Service and all their hard work in preserving the national parks and caring for our many environmental communities. With our shared value of sustainability, we can change the long-term quality of our world.