Merced/Yosemite Attractions

Merced is a unique city, filled with warm, friendly people offering a feeling of Old-World California charm. The city offers a wide variety of attractions, historical sites, and dining opportunities that are sure to please. Merced is the Gateway to Yosemite, a picture perfect national park, offering outdoor adventures any time of the year. If you’re planning your trip for the Merco Cycling Classic or for the Tahitian Dance and Cultural Festival, Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete, we have the perfect accommodations for you. Art and culture are thriving in the revitalized downtown community. From the galleries at the Multicultural Art Center to the live performances at Playhouse Merced, there is truly something for everyone!

Guests are invited to stop by our friendly front desk for advice on planning the day with our recommendations, directions, and must-see attractions. Come stay with us at Days Inn while exploring and experiencing Merced!

Featured Attractions

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is known for its plunging waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, sheer granite cliffs, and more! The park has a diverse appeal any time of year. Shoulder season (off season) simply means fewer people and a chance to see Yosemite's beauty from a different angle. While spring brings gushing waterfalls, summer offers endless outdoor adventures, fall boasts colorful trees and fewer crowds, and winter becomes a snowy wonderland for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This central Sierra Nevada park can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Merced Arts Center

In the heart of revitalized Downtown Merced, you’ll discover Merced Multicultural Arts Center. This modern, open facility provides space and support for arts education and training. Catch a world-class performance in the “black box” theatre offering the perfect setting for intimate theatrical or musical productions. The five galleries showcase art and cultural exhibits of local, regional and national importance. Arbor Gallery, a retail cooperative, presents the best works of art from local, regional, and statewide artists.

Applegate Park and Zoo

You’ll uncover wild wonders when visiting the Applegate Park Zoo! The zoo is home to many rescued and rehabilitated wild animals in need of a safe place to live. Applegate houses California native animals including cougar, bear, bobcat, birds, squirrel, deer, coyote, raccoons, fox, California desert tortoise, waterfowl, and a variety of birds of prey. Make sure to visit the Kiddie Corral where kids can get a close encounter with the smaller animals like chickens, rabbits, ducks, and alpacas.