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Salem
Named from the anglicised 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. The whole city is a living history lesson, brimming with old buildings and landmarks, notably the Mill Mission Museum. Art buffs should not miss the impressive Pacific... more Named from the anglicised 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. The whole city is a living history lesson, brimming with old buildings and landmarks, notably the Mill Mission Museum. Art buffs should not miss the impressive Pacific Northwest collection at the Hallie Ford Art Museum. In between sights, take time to relax with a 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

All things to do » Things to do

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: In the month of May, we invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens. View hundreds of Iris in bloom. Order Iris to ship to plant at your home. Shop our gift boutique... more Owner description: In the month of May, we invite you to stroll through our 10-acre display gardens. View hundreds of Iris in bloom. Order Iris to ship to plant at your home. Shop our gift boutique, plant sale, and cut Iris by the stem or by the dozen. Gardens open daily dawn to dusk during the month of May. 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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Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth
Ranked #1 of 543 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Wild Pear
Wild Pear
Ranked #2 of 543 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American, Soups
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Annette's Westgate Cafe
Ranked #3 of 543 Restaurants in Salem
Price: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Best Little Roadhouse
Best Little Roadhouse
Ranked #4 of 543 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American, Bar
Good for: Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bentley's Grill
Bentley's Grill
Ranked #5 of 543 Restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

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

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Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites
US$97 - US$153
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dallas
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

La Quinta Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites
US$92 - US$117
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Salem
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Best Western Pacific Highway Inn
2.5 of 5
Best Western Pacific Highway Inn
US$89 - US$126
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Salem
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Phoenix Inn Suites Salem
2.5 of 5
Phoenix Inn Suites Salem
US$97 - US$141
Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in Salem
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