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Merced is in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Located along State Route 99 which runs between the agricultural cities of the eastern San Joaquin Valley, Merced is also a gateway to Yosemite via State Route 140.

Get in

Merced is served by one major highway (CA 99).

Amtrak's Sacramento/Bay Area-Bakersfield San Joaquin [1] train line runs six times a day, which also offers bus connections between Merced and Yosemite National Park.

In addition to this Merced is served by Greyhound [2] bus via its downtown station.

Get around


The University of California's Newest Campus, UC Merced opened in September of 2005. The campus is open to the public.


  • New Energy Yoga, 755 E Yosemite Ave, phone 209-384-9642, [3]. Take a yoga class at Merced's only yoga studio and get ready for that Yosemite hike.



  • Cafe Sol 3361 G Street. Free Wi-fi access for customers.
  • Paul's Place Restaurant & Bkry 2991 G St, (209) 723-1339. Ethnic and American dishes at very reasonable prices; try the Portuguese linguisa sausage omelet.
  • Sam Cafe 235 W 12th St, (209) 383-5350 [4] Thai Restaurant. Try the highly rated Pad Thai. Free WiFi.


  • The Partisan, 432 West Main Street, [5]. Opens at 4, closing time varies. A Merced bar that is a favorite for both locals and UCM students and faculty. Open from Mon-Sat, drink specials every night. Live music from local/national independent musicians every Tuesday and Saturday, open mic night every Monday, Rock Band/Karaoke every Wednesday, and a DJ on Thursday and Friday.


  • Best Western Inn, 1033 Motel Drive, +1 209 723-2163 (fax: +1 209 384-7272), [6].
  • Courtyard Merced, 750 Motel Drive, +1 209 725-1221 (fax: +1 209 725-1222), [7].
  • Days Inn Merced, 1199 Motel Drive, 209-722-2726, [8].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 730 Motel Drive, +1 209 383-0333, [9].
  • Motel 6 Merced North, 1410 V Street, +1 209 384-2181 (fax: +1 209 722-2152), [10].
  • HI-Merced Home Hostel, +1 209 725-0407.

Get out

  • Yosemite is less than two hours east along State Route 140 by car.

Routes through Merced
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