Road Trip: Salem

If you’ve never paid a visit to the state capital, it’s time for a winter road trip. Set in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Salem (pop. 157,000), is the legislative pulse of Oregon. It’s also a great place to take in the state’s history, art and culture. Art and architecture: Don’t miss the Hallie… More
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There’s no shortage of things to do in Salem.

Maybe you want to explore the historic downtown and State Capitol Mall. Or sip pinot from an award-winning winery. And eat international food in between museum visits. Families will find plenty of kid-friendly entertainment in Salem too. Plus there’s always a good excuse to go into an old-growth forest and walk behind a waterfall. Whatever you choose, Salem is waiting.

Trip Ideas

Family Fun Around Salem

Elsinore Theatre Tour
Enchanted Forest
Schreiners Iris Gardens
Salem’s Riverfront Carousel
World Beat Festival
June 30 - July 1, 2018
Willamette Art Center

Outdoor Adventure Around Salem

Historic Downtown Salem Cycling Route
Wetland Wanderings and Wildlife
The Trail of Ten Falls
Detroit Lake
Hiker’s Paradise in the Opal Creek Wilderness
North Santiam State Recreation Area
Wallace Marine Park
Flower Walks in the Valley

Tasty Detours Around Salem

Salem’s Archive Coffee & Bar
The Beer Here
Bryn Mawr Vineyards
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Bentley’s Grill
Ankeny Vineyard
Santiam Brewing
E.Z. Orchards Cidre

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Ask Oregon

Where are the best places to watch the sunset near Salem?

What a great question! Here are my ideas for good sunsets near Salem. Willamette Valley Vineyards is just south of Salem is on a hill facing west toward the Jory hills and the Coast range. The west facing views at Willamette Valley Vineyards are great any time of day, but when the sun is setting on a…

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