Area Attractions

Ideally placed in Downtown Merced, El Capitan Hotel is your home base for easy trips to Mainzer, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Bobby’s Market, UC Merced — even Yosemite National Park. Housed in a historic building on Main Street, this destination hotel offers a unique place to take in the fresh vibes of the valley.

El Capitan Hotel

609 W Main Street
Merced, California, United States, 95340

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Local Food + Drink

Destino's

0.3 MI AWAY
Enjoy this lively neighborhood restaurant and bar where the menu boasts homemade pastas and Italian classics served with festive cocktails and a smile. Specialty dishes include Destino's steak dinner, cioppino, and mushroom agnolotti.

Five Ten Bistro

0.3 MI AWAY
Visit this spot to get your meat fix on, just walking distance from the hotel. Try the filet mignon medallions, bistro burger, flat-iron steak or rack of lamb. Salmon and fish are available for the non-carnivores.

Mainzer

Unapologetically delicious food and craft cocktails pair with games, movies, and live music from local and regional artists. Check their website for events like chef-led culinary nights, insightful presentations, trivia or ping-pong night, and more.

Playhouse Merced

A Main Street legend, this community theater hosts live plays, workshops and classes for audiences and students of all ages. A visit to this Main Street mainstay is an excellent place to connect with Merced’s artist culture.

Vista Ranch

Visit this historical 20-acre ranch with agricultural roots that extend as far back as the late 1800s. Explore farm plots, a vineyard, tasting room with gift shop, and a series of outdoor events hosted under the property’s ancient oaks.

Local Attractions

Castle Air Museum

This well-known collection of vintage military aircraft, wartime memorabilia, and personal artifacts is a must-see for aviation and history buffs. The museum showcases the evolution of aircraft and aviation history using close to 25 acres of land, and is named after Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle.

Downtown Merced

0.0 MI AWAY
Surrounded by popular shops, entertainment, and shopping, the downtown is the centerpiece of the city. Find places like Bella Luna Bistro, Toni’s Courtyard Café, the historic Merced Theatre, or Mainzer Theater with its award-wining architecture all near or along bustling Main Street.

Multicultural Art Center

0.1 MI AWAY
Created in 1978, the Merced Multicultural Arts Center originally operated from an office on Main Street. Today the 28,000 square-foot Center is a modern and vibrant, three-story multipurpose arts facility providing support for world-class performances, arts education, training, tours, galleries, and so much more.

The Merced Theatre

0.5 MI AWAY
The landmark theatre hosts symphonies, theatrical productions, and modern bands, like the Killer Queens in an 1,165-seat theater built in 1931. The self-supporting center is a hometown treasure providing entertainment for the city and Central Valley.

Family Destinations

Yosemite National Park

81 MI AWAY
Since 1864, this park with its nearly 1,200 square miles, has provided a vast wilderness to trek, deep valleys to hike, grand meadows, ancient, giant sequoias, and more to its visitors. Most known for its striking waterfalls, Yosemite is one of the country's most popular National Park Services.