The United States is blessed with some truly awe-inspiring scenery and natural landscapes. All around the nation, from California on the West Coast to New England over on the East Coast, amazing things can be seen and incredible natural places can be explored, with the likes of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon standing out as a couple of key examples.

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Another outstanding area of natural beauty that simply demands to be explored is Yosemite National Park. Located in the Sierra Nevada area of California, with the Sierra National Forest on one side and the Stanislaus National Forest on the other, Yosemite National Park covers an area of almost 750,000 acres and extends across four separate countries.

Established as a National Park back in 1890, Yosemite has always been a beloved location in the United States, with Abraham Lincoln himself signing the 'Yosemite Grant' back in 1864 to help protect the area, and subsequent developments regarding Yosemite actually helping to establish the National Park System in the first place.

Yosemite is an enormous national park, teeming with wildlife and featuring a vast array of scenery including forests, mountains, canyons, and more. It attracts around 4 million people each year, with many visitors to Yosemite enjoying lots of different activities in the park like hiking, scenic drives, rock climbing, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and more.

If you're heading down to Yosemite to have some fun in the great outdoors, there are some cheap places to stay in the local area in the form of hostels. The hostels of Yosemite National Park offer low price rooms and dorms for groups of friends, backpackers, couples, and even families. Read on to learn all about a few of the best hostels around Yosemite and start planning your trip today.

- Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort - 6979 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345, Phone: 866-826-7108

There are only two main hostels to choose from around Yosemite National Park, and this is one of them. Very highly rated by past guests, with plenty of people leaving 5-star and 10/10 review scores due to the hostel's cleanliness and key location, Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is considered to be a great place to stay for guests of all ages.

This Yosemite hostel is less than 30 miles away from Yosemite Valley. It's easily accessed off Highway 140, which is the Central Yosemite Highway, and offers easy access into the national park for all sorts of outdoor recreation and adventures around the forests, valleys, canyons, and rivers of this amazing location.

Another fun thing about this Yosemite hostel location is that it can be easily reached by Amtrak, with buses running right to the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort. From the resort, you can then use shuttles or other services to actually access the National Park, with the friendly staff at this hostel resort location actually helping to organize tours and buses for guests.

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is spread out across 50 acres of land and enjoys some lovely panoramic views all around. It's a relaxed, laid-back, community-oriented sort of place where everyone feels welcome as part of one big family. You'll find clean, comfortable rooms and dorms here, with the resort also featuring a spa with its own hot tub, sauna, and massage rooms. There's also an on-site restaurant making use of local ingredients and high quality produce to offer a range of meals for all tastes and diets.

Other fun facilities and features of this Yosemite hostel include a common room, free Wi-Fi access, free bed linen and towels, laundry machines, meeting rooms, outdoor communal spaces, an ATM, housekeeping services, luggage storage, an internet cafe, a bar, tea and coffee making facilities, board games, and more.

- Yosemite International Hostel - 18605 Main St, Groveland, CA 95321, Phone: 209-962-0365

The other option you have if you're looking to stay at a hostel on your trip to Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite International Hostel. This hostel is located just off State Route 120. It's only about 24 miles away from the park entrance and is conveniently located near various inns, restaurants, bars, and eateries.

This means that there's a good array of things to do and places to explore in the local area, so you don't feel completely lost out in the wilderness when you choose to stay at this particular hostel. All of the amenities of Groveland are just a short trip away, and the hostel itself also offers a nice range of amenities and fun features too.

Past guests have had plenty of positive things to say about this Yosemite National Park hostel, with the staff being ranked as very friendly and the rooms always being cleaned and kept to a good standard. Both private rooms and shared dorms are found at this Yosemite hostel, and the rates are always low and affordable, so you can choose the room style you want and enjoy extended stays without paying over the odds.

All guests can benefit from free Wi-Fi access at this Yosemite hostel, meaning you'll be able to keep up to date with all of your social media feeds and news from around the world for the full duration of your trip, and you'll also have access to the on-site laundry machines, bistro, shared kitchen, and lounge spaces.