What a Difference a Stay Makes
Whether it's a long-planned road trip or a quick weekend flight to another state, domestic travel can cost plenty, particularly during the popular summer vacation season. One easy way to save cash while traveling is to stay in a hostel rather than a hotel or vacation rental. But hostels aren't for everyone. While some do offer private rooms, shared accommodations, which may include bunk beds and communal bathrooms, are more typical. Most feature large gathering areas and kitchens, perfect for getting to know fellow travelers. Unlike cookie-cutter hotel chains, hostels provide a unique and affordable way to explore the 50 states. Here are 10 of the best, all located in popular destinations, where the cost of a hotel room could otherwise be prohibitive for many budget-minded travelers.