Hostels are mainly found in urban areas, in the northeast, the Pacific Northwest, California and the Southwest. Hostelling International USA runs more than 50 hostels in the U.S. Most have gender-segregated dorms, a few private rooms, shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Overnight fees for dorm beds range from $21 to $45. HI-USA members are entitled to small discounts. Reservations are accepted (you can book online) and advised during high season, when there may be a three-night maximum stay. There are also many independent hostels not affiliated with HIUSA.
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