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Local Recommendations


While planning your trips, consider the airports listed below as they are closest to campus and listed in ease of navigation from the airport to Merced.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport
5175 E. Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727

Sacramento International Airport
6900 Airport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95837

San Francisco International Airport
780 S. Airport Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94128

If you need a place to stay while visiting UC Merced, there are several lodging options, and all are a short drive from campus.

El Capitan Hotel (Reservation Code: UCMERCED)
Courtyard Merced
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Travel Lodge - A Wyndham Property
TownePlace Suites Merced
Quality Inn
Hampton Inn and Suites
Motel 6
Days Inn by Wyndham Merced/Yosemite Area


Things to Do While You are Here (Restaurants and Other Establishments)

Merced Multicultural Arts Center - The Merced County Arts Council’s mission is to nurture and inspire the arts and artists in Merced County by cultivating a place for creative discovery, community, and dialogue. We strive to show the community that art is around us all the time and can be experienced in anything and everything.

The Mainzer – Eat, Drink, Play, Watch and Listen! Mainzer stands proudly in the center of downtown Merced and has for many decades. Renovated to the highest of standards, Mainzer flawlessly blends architectural features with today’s amenities that are essential for your 21st century celebrations. It’s the perfect place to be with friends and to meet new ones.

The Art Kamangar Center at The Merced Theatre - This 1,640-seat music venue with a balcony hosts national names & tribute bands, plus kids' shows.

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

King’s Asian Cuisine         Toni’s Courtyard Café     Jantz Café & Bakery        
Bella Luna                        Native Son                    Paul's Place                   
Strings Italian Cafe            Little Oven Pizza           Rainbird          
510 Bistro                        Destino's