Top 8 backpacker cities to visit in the USA

When you travel the world you want to stay at the best places. You want to hit the local spots, grab a bite to eat and have a drink or two. We’ve chatted with the best hostels in the USA and have listed their suggestions on great places to check out!
 
New York –
 
New York City Manhattan at sunset
 
Stay at the HI New York on the Upper West Side
 
Locals recommend eating at Flor de Mayo – a unique mixture of Spanish and Chinese cuisine
Check out Thai Market for some great Thai food
Drink at the Lion’s Head Tavern – good cheap fun
Have to check out some of NYC’s dive bars – check out Broadway Dive
 
Boston –

 

Boston Common
 
Stay at the HI Boston in the Theatre District
 
Locals recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Jacob Wirth – a cool German/American spot
Chinatown is very close, with lots of great options. Check out Dumpling Cafe
For a drink check out Beantown Pub – a good old fashioned Irish pub
Have a drink at Cheers – the actual bar used in the TV show – ‘where everybody knows your name’
 
Chicago –
 
Chicago River and Skyline
 
Stay at the new and funky Freehand in the River North neighborhood downtown
 
Locals suggest a slice of Chicago pizza at Giordano’s
Or a Chicago hot dog from Portillo’s
Check out their bar – The Broken Shaker
Head out to Wicker Park and grab a drink at Big Star while exploring some of the suburbs
 
Miami –
 
South Beach, Miami, Florida
 
Stay at Beds And Drinks which is only 2 blocks from the beach in the heart of South Beach
 
Locals will tell you to check out Pizza Rustica for great pizza
Try the Five Guys that is close by for a delicious burger
You’re spoilt for choice in Miami – but these guys suggest hitting up Nikki Beach for your South Beach club experience
 
New Orleans –
 
Jackson Square New Orleans
 
Stay at Nola Jazz House for some southern hospitality, only 10 minutes from the famous Bourbon St on the streetcar
 
Locals will tell you to eat at Parkway Bakery – it’s been a great neighborhood hangout since the early 1900s with amazing food
Grab a drink at The Holy Ground Irish Pub which is right near the hostel and sure to inspire fun times
 
San Francisco –
 
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Stay at Green Tortoise hostel in Little Italy.
 
Hole-in-the-wall eateries are huge in SF. For Pizza check out Golden Boy Pizza
For burgers, check out a spot that Anthony Bourdain showcased – Sam’s, it’s a local institution
For a drink, or 2, or 3 – check out Kozy Kar, locals will tell you it can get a little crazy, but fun
For a beer garden (and SF doesn’t actually have many) check out Zeitgeist – they’ve got a great beer selection
 
Austin –
 
Austin, Texas skyline, view from the river
 
Stay at HK Austin in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood on the East Side
 
Check out Veracruz All Natural for some great tacos from a food truck
In Texas, you have to BBQ, so check out La Barbecue and eat too much
Check out the local bars that are recommended like Stay Gold
Drinks Lounge is also another popular local spot to grab a drink
 
San Diego –
 
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Stay with us at ITH Hostels in Little Italy or Hillcrest
 
Grab some tacos from South Beach Bar and Grille in Ocean Beach
Queenstown Public House is a great spot to grab delicious food in Little Italy
Get down and dirty at Waterfront, San Diego’s oldest tavern and an institution
Check out the duelling pianos at Shout! House and be amazed
 
Cheers guys, safe travels!
 
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