We are coming to CA next April and would like to visit Yosemite. We'll be in SF for the first 2 days, then on day 3 we're picking up the rental car in the morning and drive up to Petaluma and Napa. Then in the afternoon we'll head towards Yosemite.
We're planning on staying 1 night on the way to Yosemite, then drive into Yosemite on day 4. Highway 140 appears to be the more scenic route, so we'll probably use that route. Which town/city would you recommend staying for the night? Would Merced be ok?