When you are traveling in the U.S., you have many choices in deciding where to stay. You can choose from hotels, motels, youth hostels, YMCA’s, YWCA’s, campsites, bed and breakfasts, and universities. There are about 300 youth hostels operated by the American Youth Hostels Association, a member of the International Youth Hostel Federation, which are scattered throughout the U.S. In order to use a Youth Hostel facility, you must be a member of the organization. YMCA’s and YWCA’s also provide affordable temporary lodging.