Check out the Merced area in your RV rental from RVshare! Merced is a family friendly vacation destination that is located in the San Joaquin Valley in Northern California and is named after the Merced River that flows nearby.
Merced is known as the Gateway to Yosemite because it is less than two hours by car from the famous park, and is also fairly close to the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay, and several other beaches. However, it is important to note that the attractions of the city itself and the countryside that surrounds it, should not be overlooked.
Merced offers a number of attractions that will be sure to please you as well as the other members of your family. Check out three of the many places that you can experience when you visit.
Yosemite is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed National Park and covers almost 1,200 square miles of spectacular glacier carved granite monuments, pristine lakes, five of the world’s highest waterfalls, pine forests, meadows and groves of giant sequoias. In addition, there are also approximately 800 miles of hiking trails, scenic driving tours that provides a chance to see mule deer, black bears, and over 200 bird species.
Yosemite is just a little over two hours’ drive away from Merced, but the Yosemite Area Transportation System operates buses that depart daily from the Merced Transportation System.
This museum is located in Merced’s landmark 1875 courthouse, which makes it a great place to learn about local history. The museum has a number of displays that include:
Early farming and ranching artifacts
Yokut Indian artifacts
Artifacts from Merced’s Chinatown
A turn of the century classroom
Merced’s actual fire engine from 1859
In addition, the Merced County historical Society hosts a number of history themed events throughout the year.
This museum holds one of the best collections of historic aircraft in the United States. Inventory includes 53 aircraft from different periods of conflict including WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Models include:
In addition, there is also an indoor museum that contains many additional Air Force and Army Air Corps artifacts, as well as a B-52 simulator.
When RVing, it is essential that you find a quality campground to use as a home base for your RV rental in Merced, California while enjoying the sights and sounds of the area. To this end, we are providing you information on three campgrounds to make things a little easier.
This RV resort is located in California’s Heartland and is pretty close to State Highway 99, which will take you to Napa wine country, the San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, and/or the Central Coast. They offer up-to-date conveniences, complementary golf at Pheasant Run Golf Club, and its central location is convenient for many sightseeing opportunities. Features and benefits include:
Refreshing pool and spa
Complementary golf for two
87 RV spaces
20/30/50 Amp service
Lighted tennis courts
This RV Resort lies along the gorgeous Merced River and is truly a camper’s delight. They offer amazing outdoor activities like fishing, river rafting, hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy golfing in one of the local courses, hiking to the top of Half Dome, or checking out the bright lights of San Jose. There’s so much to do and see that will make sure that you treasure your stay at the Merced River RV Resort. Features and benefits include:
50 amp service
If you are looking for a cool, clean, quiet, comfortable place to stay at an affordable price, then this is the RV Park for you. The Arena RV Park is located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, is easy to find and a convenient place to rest your travel weary bones. This comfy little park is a relaxing place to unwind and get away from it all. Features and benefits include:
30/50 amp service
15 pull-through sites
Clean restrooms with shower
Pet walking area
There’s always something to do in Merced. To get a taste of what they have to offer, check out some of the following events.
There are many festivals that occur in and around the Merced area, but one of the most interesting is the Merco Credit Union Cycling classic, which is known to attract some of the top cyclists from all around the world. If you happen to stop by in June, be sure to check out the rodeo and rides at the Merced County Fair.
The Merced Art Hop occurs four times a year and features the works of local artists in downtown stores. Take some time to wander around, listen to live music, or enjoy a meal on the Downtown’s sidewalks while you’re there.
Another option is live theater at the Playhouse Merced. For the past two decades, the Playhouse Merced has featured an average of 10 major productions of new and classic musicals and plays every season. This is in addition to a number of other classes, performances, and events.
Whether you would like to enjoy some peace and quiet, revel in nature, or peruse historical artifacts, Merced abounds with many opportunities for you and your family to try something new. Hopefully, the above list has provided you with some inspiration and a taste of what Merced has to offer. Hop in your RV from RVShare and have fun exploring this beautiful area.
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