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Salem
Named from the anglicized form of the Hebrew word "shalom," meaning peace, Salem provides visitors with exactly that - plus a horde of historic sites to explore and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Oregon's capital, one of the oldest cities in the state, exudes simple, small-town hospitality with just enough politics and culture to keep things interesting. Tour the grand, gold-domed State Capitol to learn about the workings of the government, then head to the observation deck for a fantastic view of Salem and its surrounding area. Although the whole city is a living history lesson, brimming with old buildings and landmarks, the Mill Mission Museum is a definite standout. Art buffs should not miss the... more Named from the anglicized form of the Hebrew word "shalom," meaning peace, Salem provides visitors with exactly that - plus a horde of historic sites to explore and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Oregon's capital, one of the oldest cities in the state, exudes simple, small-town hospitality with just enough politics and culture to keep things interesting. Tour the grand, gold-domed State Capitol to learn about the workings of the government, then head to the observation deck for a fantastic view of Salem and its surrounding area. Although the whole city is a living history lesson, brimming with old buildings and landmarks, the Mill Mission Museum is a definite standout. Art buffs should not miss the impressive Pacific Northwest collection at the Hallie Ford Art Museum. In between sights, take time to people watch or picnic at Bush's Pasture Park, or enjoy wine tasting at some of the local vineyards. Salem's idyllic setting, in the heart of the emerald Willamette Valley, coupled with its historic role as political hub for Oregon make it the perfect choice for a delightful and interesting weekend away. less

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Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Owner description: We invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens during Bloom Season early May to early June. Gift shop, plant sale, cut Iris by the stem or by the dozen. Gardens open... more Owner description: We invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens during Bloom Season early May to early June. Gift shop, plant sale, cut Iris by the stem or by the dozen. Gardens open dawn to dusk. FREE admission, FREE parking. Gardens closed during the off-season. Office open year-round. less
Attraction type: Specialty & Gift Shops; Gardens
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Salem's Riverfront Carousel
Salem's Riverfront Carousel
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Minto-Brown Island Park
Minto-Brown Island Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library
Attraction type: Libraries
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Oregon State Capitol
Oregon State Capitol
Owner description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white, Greek-style building whose rotunda is topped with a gold leaf statue representing Oregon's first settlers... more Owner description: Architecture and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this white, Greek-style building whose rotunda is topped with a gold leaf statue representing Oregon's first settlers. Inside are murals depicting state history, and outside are sculptures, gardens and grounds for strolling or picnicking. less
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth
Ranked #1 of 470 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Wild Pear
Wild Pear
Ranked #2 of 470 Restaurants in Salem
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Ranked #3 of 470 Restaurants in Salem
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations
Rafns
Rafns
Ranked #4 of 470 Restaurants in Salem
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Organic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 470 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Dinner

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Premier RV Resorts of Salem
Premier RV Resorts of Salem
$33 - $42

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2.5 of 5
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Century House of Salem Bed and Breakfast
Century House of Salem Bed and Breakfast
$86 - $95
Ranked #2 of 6 Salem B&B and Inns
La Quinta Inn Suites Salem
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn Suites Salem
$83 - $142
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Salem
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BEST WESTERN Pacific Highway Inn
2.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN Pacific Highway Inn
$85 - $133
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Salem
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