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…

: Salem Capitol by Ron Cooper


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.

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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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