This summer, the historic El Capitan Hotel announces its partnership with Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS), offering motor coach service to and from the national park for overnight guests as a part of its bookable “Yosemite or Bust!” hotel package.
The charming, renovated property in downtown Merced—an area known as “the Gateway to Yosemite”—is frequented as a stop for travelers seeking adventure in the park. A less-crowded basecamp for day trips, the 114-room, historic property adds modern, upscale hospitality to the mix, offering the relaxation, warm hospitality, and luxury of a boutique hotel with exceptional amenities and dining offerings.
YARTS’ blue line (Highway 140) pick up is a 5 minute walk from the property, and is about a 90-minute drive into the park. The summer service offers multiple pickup times in the morning and drop off times in the afternoon and evening, accommodating any type of traveler. Throughout the summer, Yosemite offers travelers abundant hiking, guided tours, educational ranger programs, biking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, stargazing, and so much more.
“In addition to our locals in town, we love welcoming visitors to the Central Valley area, and especially those adventuring into Yosemite,” said Robin Donovan, managing director of the hotel. “With our prime location, we are really the perfect home base for comfortable respite when visiting the park, and we’re excited to make it that much easier by bundling transportation with YARTS, year round. Our dog-friendly accommodations and abundant amenities—from world-class fine dining and live entertainment, to nostalgic arcade fun or craft cocktails—a stay at El Capitan completes the perfect outdoor getaway for families, couples, friends, or a solo adventurer.”
El Capitan sits in the heart of downtown Merced, providing accessibility to local entertainment, shopping and retail, as well as convenient access to Yosemite National Park. Along with Rainbird, a fine-dining tasting menu concept and the first-of-its-kind in the region, visitors can find breakfast and lunch + craft cocktails at Native Son, or can enjoy live entertainment at Mainzer, a restored 1938 theater with upscale American comfort food, a self-serve beer bar, and a retro-gaming area.
For additional information and booking queries, please visit www.elcapitanhotelmerced.com or call 209-383-1234.