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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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Salem's Riverfront Carousel
Salem's Riverfront Carousel
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Enchanted Forest Theme Park
Enchanted Forest Theme Park
Owner description: A theme park nestled in the beautiful lush forests of Oregon with lots of hands on see and do adventure. Stroll through Storybook Lane, the Western Town. and the English Village... more Owner description: A theme park nestled in the beautiful lush forests of Oregon with lots of hands on see and do adventure. Stroll through Storybook Lane, the Western Town. and the English Village, home of the Fantasy Fountains water-light show. Rides include the Ice Mountain Bobsled Roller Coaster, the Big Timber Log Ride, indoor target shooting Challenge of Mondor, bumper cars plus several kiddy rides and a walk-through Haunted House. The outdoor comedy theatre presents farces on fairy tales during the summer months. Picnicking, gift shops, food and more. less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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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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Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Owner description: Early May through early June, we invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens. Gift shop, plant sale, cut Iris by the stem or by the dozen. Gardens open daily dawn to... more Owner description: Early May through early June, we invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens. Gift shop, plant sale, cut Iris by the stem or by the dozen. Gardens open daily dawn to dusk. FREE admission, FREE parking. Gardens closed in summer and winter months. Office remains open year-round, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Minto-Brown Island Park
Minto-Brown Island Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth
Ranked #1 of 530 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Wild Pear
Wild Pear
Ranked #2 of 530 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Ranked #3 of 530 Restaurants in Salem
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bentley's Grill
Bentley's Grill
Ranked #4 of 530 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bibimbap House
Bibimbap House
Ranked #5 of 530 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: Korean
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

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

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

La Quinta Inn & Suites Salem
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Salem
$81 - $152
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Salem
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Best Western Pacific Highway Inn
2.5 of 5
Best Western Pacific Highway Inn
$84 - $113
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Salem
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Phoenix Inn Suites South Salem
2.5 of 5
Phoenix Inn Suites South Salem
$94 - $132
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Salem
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