21 days in Merced & McKinney Itinerary

21 days in Merced & McKinney Itinerary

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21 days in Merced & McKinney Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
— 10 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Dallas


Merced ©
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merced: Northern Mariposa County History Center (in Coulterville) and Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, & more). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Vista Ranch and Cellars.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Merced tour builder .

Dallas to Merced is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Merced when traveling from Dallas in August, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to McKinney.

Things to do in Merced

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Northern Mariposa County History Center
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove


McKinney ©
McKinney is a city in and the county seat of Collin County, Texas, and the second in population to Plano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near McKinney: A. W. Perry Homestead (in Carrollton), Grapevine (The Escape Game Dallas, Grapevine Historic Main Street District, & more) and Frank Buck Zoo (in Gainesville). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown McKinney, have fun at Towne Lake Recreation Area, look for gifts at Mom & Popcorn, and take an in-depth tour of Chestnut Square Historic Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the McKinney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Merced to McKinney. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Merced to McKinney. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in McKinney when traveling from Merced in August, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in McKinney

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Grapevine, Frisco, Plano, A. W. Perry Homestead, Frank Buck Zoo
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The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Historic Downtown McKinney ©
Historic Downtown McKinney
Food Tours