Through Merced on your way south to Yosemite
Castle Air Museum, features seventy restored vintage military aircraft ranging from pre-WWII to the present on approximately twenty acres. In addition to the outdoor displays, there is an indoor museum which houses a fascinating collection of wartime memorabilia including aircraft engines, military uniforms, historic photos, and personal military artifacts from the past century.
Visit the Merced Welcome Center for information about lodging, local events and restaurants. The Merced Multicultural Art Center features local artists and musical events. Enjoy a night of live theatre at the Merced Theatre or Playhouse Merced. The Merced County Courthouse Museum showcases the local history of Merced County. Download a free audio tour to enjoy as you travel north on Highway 140 towards Mariposa. Along Highway 140 stop at the Merced Fruit Barn or enjoy wine tasting at Vista Ranch & Cellars Tasting Room and Farmers Market.
Just 20 minutes south of Merced on Highway 99 is Madera County. Learn more about Madera area: www.yosemitethisyear.com
Yosemite Experience offers information on lodging and sights along the way.
Traveling Highway 165 towards Interstate 5
Explore the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge – 26,800 acres of wetlands, riparian forests, native grasslands, and vernal pools. A thriving population of the endemic tule elk is showcased by one of three auto tour routes. The Refuge is host to significant assemblages of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and plants; some of which are endangered species.
Headed North On Highway 99 To Sacramento
The Modesto Convention and Visitor Bureau showcases many exciting things to do in the area. Classic Vinegar Wine Vinegar in Ceres offers a tour to learn how vinegar is made. McHenry Mansion and McHenry Museum is a favorite stop for history fans.
Enjoy world-class performances at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
Going East Towards The Gold Country And Sonora
Enjoy a spectacular train ride through the countryside aboard the Sierra Railroad. Stop by and learn about Gouda cheese at Oakdale Cheese and visit the famous Oakdale Cowboy Museum. If you are headed into the mountains, learn more about the Calaveras County region and Sonora.
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