Above: During graduate student recruitment weekend in February 2015, this was the view of the valley! How about this for winter?
Merced is only 1.5 hours to the valley floor of Yosemite! It is also ~2 hours from the Bay Area, Pacific ocean, Monterey and Sacramento making day trips to these great places possible. Merced is a medium size town (~80,000 population) in the heart of the “central valley” where most of the United States’ produce is grown. The University of California, Merced will be doubling it’s size by 2020.