Drive through the Central Valley, and you’ll see evidence of how life here has historically revolved around agriculture. You’ll find incredible farmer’s markets, roadside produce stands, and festivals that celebrate local specialties: wine, tomatoes, asparagus, cheese and more. In the middle of the state is the California Welcome Center Merced where you can find a vast resource of information about the surrounding area and beyond. Merced is known for its easy 2-hour drive to Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey or even our state capital of Sacramento. Highways 99, 140 and 59 all intersect in Merced.
Spend a day, the night, or better yet the weekend. Merced is a unique city, filled with warm, friendly people who instantly make visitors feel welcome. Merced offers a wide variety of attractions, historical sites, accommodations and dining opportunities that are sure to please. Merced is the Gateway to Yosemite. Whether summer, autumn, winter or spring, Yosemite is picture perfect whenever you visit Merced.
Try planning your trip around one of the areas great events. Visit the California Welcome Center for information on the Merco Cycling Classic which brings world-class riders from around the globe to Merced each spring. Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete, the longest existing, annually held Tahitian Dance and Cultural Festival outside of French Polynesia, is held in Merced each March.
Art and culture are thriving is this proud community. From the galleries at our Multicultural Art Center to the live performances at Playhouse Merced there is something for everyone! Come play, stay and experience Merced!