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Youth Hostels Are For Everyone: Part I

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YOUTH HOSTELS ARE FOR FAMILIES, TOO

Youth hostels are a low-budget and unique accommodations alternative for traveling families. In addition to low-cost dormitory beds, many hostels also offer private rooms for families and couples.

Additionally, most hostels have a community kitchen so you can save more money by preparing your own meals, and many also offer laundries and other facilities. Hostels are friendly people-oriented places, with a real international flavor where travelers from around the world gather in the common room to swap travel tales and information.

The list below contains more than 130 Hostelling International hostels across the US that offer family/private rooms with advance reservations. Because these accommodations are usually very limited, call well before your trip to get a room. The prices listed are rates for individuals in bunk-style rooms. Many of the rates are 'plus tax.' Check with the hostel manager for family room rates. Remember that rates are subject to change over time, so please phone ahead. For more detail on these hostels, Hostelling North America, the official guide to hostels in Canada and the U.S., is free with a Hostelling International membership, or when you stay at a hostel at the slightly higher, non-member price.

To join, call the Hostelling International Membership Services Department at (202) 783-6161.

ALASKA

ANCHORAGE 700 H Street Anchorage, Alaska 99501 (907) 276-3635 Beds: 95, 5 private rooms Overnight Rate: $16

JUNEAU 614 Harris Street Juneau, Alaska 99801 (907) 586-9559 juneauhostel@gci.net Beds: 47, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $7

KETCHIKAN P.O. Box 8515 Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 (907) 225-3319 Beds: 23 (sleeping bags allowed), no private rooms Overnight Rate: $8

NINILCHIK P.O. Box 39083 Ninilchik, Alaska 99639 (907) 567-3905 Beds: 20, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $10

SHEEP MOUNTAIN (PALMER) HCO3 Box 8490 Palmer, Alaska 99645 (907) 745-5121 Beds: 12, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $12

SITKA P.O. Box 2645 Sitka, Alaska 99835 (907) 747-8661 Beds: 20, no private rooms Overnight Rate: $7

TOK P.O. Box 532 Tok, Alaska 99780 (907) 883-3745 Beds: 10 (bring sleeping bag), no private rooms Overnight Rate: $10

ARIZONA

PHOENIX-THE METCALF HOUSE 1026 North 9th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85006 (602) 254-9803 Beds: 35, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $12-$14

CALIFORNIA

FULLERTON 1700 North Harbor Boulevard Fullerton, California 92635 (714) 738-3721 Beds: 20, no private rooms Overnight Rate: $11-$13

INDEPENDENCE 211 N. Edwards Street Independence, CA 93526 (760) 878-2040 Beds: 12, 6 private rooms Overnight rate: $18 (includes breakfast & linen)

JOHANNESBURG (Death Valley) P.O. Box 277 Johannesburg, CA 93528 (760) 374-2323 Beds: 12, 1 private room Overnight rate: $12

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK 14480 California Highway 101 Klamath, California 95548 (707) 482-8265 Beds: 30, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $13-$15

HIDDEN VILLA 26870 Moody Road Los Altos Hills, California 94022 (415) 949-8648 Beds: 35, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $11

LOS ANGELES SOUTH BAY 3601 South Gaffey Street, #613 San Pedro, California 90731 (310) 831-8109 Beds: 60, 6 private rooms Overnight Rate: $11-$13

MERCED HOME HOSTEL P.O. Box 3755 Merced, CA 95344 (209) 725-0407 Beds: 8 Overnight Rate: $14-$16

MIDPINES (Yosemite National Park) P.O. Box 81 Midpines, CA 95345 (209) 966-6666 Beds: 52, 5 private rooms Overnight rate: $14-$16

POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE P.O. Box 737 Montana, California 94037 (415) 728-7177 Beds: 45 Overnight Rate: $10-$12

PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1 Pescadero, California 94060 (650) 879-0633 Beds: 52 Overnight Rate: $18-$21

POINT REYES P.O. Box 247 Point Reyes Station, California 94956 (415) 663-8811 Beds: 44 (1 room for parents with children under 5) Overnight Rate: $13-$15

SACRAMENTO 900 H Street Sacramento, California 95814 (916) 443-1691 Beds: 70, 5 private rooms Overnight Rate: $13-$15

San Diego, Point Loma 3790 Udall Street San Diego, California 92107 (619) 223-4778 Beds: 61, 6 private rooms Overnight Rate: $14-$16

SAN DIEGO, Downtown 521 Market San Diego, California 92101 (619) 338-0129 Beds: 134, 7 private rooms Overnight Rate: $17-$19

SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN 312 Mason Street San Francisco, California 94102 (415) 788-5604 Beds: 258, 92 private rooms Overnight Rate: $19-$21

SAN FRANCISCO/FT. MASON Fort Mason, Building 240 San Francisco, California 94123 (415) 771-7277 Beds: 170, no private rooms Overnight Rate: $19-$21

SAN FRANCISCO-CITY CENTER HOSTEL (SF-City Center) 685 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 474-5721 Beds: 262 Overnight Rate: $22

LOS ANGELES/SANTA MONICA 1436 Second Street Santa Monica, California 90401 (310) 393-9913 Beds: 200, 9 private rooms Overnight Rate: $19-$21

SANBORN PARK HOSTEL 15808 Sanborn Road Saratoga, California 95070 (408) 741-0166 Beds: 39, no private rooms Overnight Rate: $7-$16

SANTA CRUZ HOSTEL P.O. Box 1241 Santa Cruz Hostel Society Santa Cruz, California 95061 (831) 423-8304 Beds: 40, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $13-$15

DESERTAIRE HOSTEL, Tecopa (Death Valley) P.O. Box 306 Tecopa, CA 92389 (760) 852-4580 toll free: (877) 907-1265 Beds: 10, 1 private room Overnight rate: $12

MARIN HEADLANDS Building 941, Fort Barry Sausalito, California 94965 (415) 331-2777 Beds: 104 Overnight Rate: $13-$15

SAN LUIS OBISPO, HOSTEL OBISPO 1617 Santa Rosa Street San Luis Obispo, California 93405 (805) 544-4678 Beds: 22, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $15

COLORADO

CONEJOS RIVER AYH-HOSTEL 3038 County Road D-5 Antonito, Colorado 81120 (719) 376-2518 Beds: 10 (sleeping bags permitted), 1 private room Overnight Rate: $9

FIRESIDE INN 114 North French Street Breckenridge, Colorado 80424 (970) 453-6456 Beds: 12, 4 private rooms Overnight Rate: $17-$28 (seasonal rates)

CRESTED BUTTE P.O. Box 1332 Crested Butte, CO 81224 (970) 349-0588 (888) 389-0588 Beds: 52, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $15-$23

HOSTEL OF THE ROCKIES 1717 Race St. Denver, Colorado 80206 (303) 861-7777 Beds: 50, 4 private rooms Overnight Rate: $17

DURANGO HOSTEL P.O. Box 1445 (970) 247-9905 Beds: 18, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $13-$15

GLENWOOD SPRINGS HOSTEL 1021 Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601 (970) 945-8545 Beds: 42, 5 private rooms Overnight Rate: $12

SHADOWCLIFF P.O. Box 658 Grand Lake, Colorado 80447 (970) 627-9220 Beds: 14, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $10

PITKIN HOSTEL P.O. Box 164 Pitkin, Colorado 81241 (970) 641-2757 Beds: 6, 3 private rooms Overnight Rate: $10

CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD-THE MARK TWAIN HOSTEL 131 Tremont Street Hartford, Connecticut 06105 (860) 523-7255 Beds: 42, 8 private rooms Overnight Rate: $15

WASHINGTON, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 1009 - 11th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 737-2333 Beds: 250, 11 private rooms Overnight Rate: $20-$22

FLORIDA

CLEARWATER BEACH 606 Bay Esplanade Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 (727) 443-1211 Beds: 33, 4 private rooms Overnight Rate: $12-$13

FLORIDA CITY (Everglades) 20 SW Second Avenue Florida City, FL 33034 (305) 248-1122 (800) 372-3874 Beds: 47, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $12

KEY WEST 718 South Street Key West, Florida 33040 (305) 296-5719 Beds: 92, 3 private rooms Overnight Rate: $15.25

MIAMI BEACH 1438 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, Florida 33139 (305) 534-2988 Beds: 200, 120 private rooms Overnight Rate: $14-$15 (seasonal rates)

ORLANDO/KISSIMMEE RESORT 4840 West Irlo Bronson Highway (Route 192) Kissimmee, Florida 34746 (407) 396-8282 Beds: 200, 20 private rooms Overnight Rate: $16-$18

GRAM'S PLACE B&B GUESTHOUSES & MUSIC 3109 North Ola Ave. Tampa, FL (813) 221-0596 Beds: 5 Overnight Rate: $15-$25

ST. AUGUSTINE 32 Treasury Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 808-1999 Beds: 35, 5 private rooms Overnight Rate: $14-$16

GEORGIA

SAVANNAH 304 East Hall Street Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 236-7744 Beds: 18 Overnight Rate: $15.18

HAWAII

HONOLULU UNIVERSITY 2323A Seaview Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (808) 946-0591 Beds: 43, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $13

HOLO HOLO IN (Volcano) P.O. Box 784 Volcano, HI 96785 (808) 967-7950 Beds: 10, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: 15

WAIKIKI 2417 Prince Edward Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 (808) 926-8313 Beds: 60, 4 private rooms Overnight Rate: $16

IDAHO

NAPLES Idaho Highway 2 Naples, Idaho 83847 (208) 267-2947 Beds: 18, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $10

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO SUMMER HOSTEL 3036 North Ashland Avenue Metro Chicago Council Chicago, Illinois 60657 (312) 327-5350 Beds: 112 Overnight Rate: $15-$17

CHICAGO 24 East Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60690 (312) 360-0300 Beds: 500 in summer, 250 rest of year, 5 private rooms Overnight rate: $19-$20

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS-MARQUETTE HOUSE 2253 Carondelet Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 (504) 523-3014 Beds: 166, 8 private rooms Overnight Rate: $15.00 $20-25 during Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival and New Year's

MAINE

BAR HARBOR P.O. Box 32 Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 (207) 288-5587 Beds: 20 Overnight Rate: $12

WADSWORTH BLANCHARD FARM HOME HOSTEL 174 Tripptown Road Hiram, Maine 04041 (207) 625-7509 Beds: 10, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $12

SEARSPORT P.O. Box 306 Searsport, ME 04974 (877) 33-HOSTEL (467835) Beds: 10, 1 private room Overnight Rate: $15

MARYLAND

HARPERS FERRY LODGE 19123 Sandy Hook Road Knoxville, Maryland 21758 (301) 834-7652 Beds: 39, 2 private rooms Overnight Rate: $15-$17

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