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“Beautiful Grounds. Great place for a walk/jog!”

Oregon State Capitol
Ranked #2 of 81 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 20 July 2014

There are fountains for the kids in the hot summer. But there is a gorgeous green 'mall' right in front of the capital. Nice place for a picnic.

Thank megyn h
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We recently went to Portland and thought it would be nice to see the state capitol building in Salem. The tour staff were very friendly and took us up to the top of the dome which had a great view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Another guide gave a half hour history tour on the capitol building itself and took us around to each one of the chambers. There is a small but nice gift shop in the building. If you take both tours, the total time is about one hour. The best thing about these are that they are free to the public and you just need to feed the meters outside for parking.

1  Thank BRYAN T
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Took my class of 4th graders to the Capital for a tour. They were very interested in the building and the chambers. Most fun for them of course, was climbing the spiral staircase all the way to the top, where the "Gold Pioneer" resides. It was a beautiful view from up there and the kids were able to get an up-close look at the famous man.

Thank Kayla R
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Drove to this capital after starting our day in Portland and heading to the Columbia River Gorge to hike.

Arrived at about 3:00 on a Friday afternoon so the building was very quiet and a lot of people were gone for the weekend. I later found out it was graduation day in town so many people took off early.

We were showing ourselves around the building and stumbled onto a guided tour going on and ended up getting to go up into the bell tower!

Super neat experience and the view from the top is just incredible. The tour guide whose name I did not get, was just wonderful and seemed to really enjoy his job.

Make sure and have some change with you for the parking meters. We did not have much and ended up walking in, getting change and going back out.

Fun place to visit!

Thank cynthiatulsa
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

When not in session, visiting the capitol is convenient and worth the trip. Make sure you have a couple dollars worth of coins to put in the meters surrounding the building. Enter the back of the building. The meters are just steps away from the entrance. Go to the center and ask for the next available walking tour. There are two, one for the government rooms (Senate, House, etc.) and one called the Tower. If you don't like climbing, don't choose that one. The docents are very knowledgeable and pleasant. The gift shop is small and has a very limited selection, but there are some good post cards. They do carry "The Capitol Collection" a capitol tours passport stamp book, the blue spiral, that gives a brief review of all 50 capitol buildings as well as a space to have the dated stamp of each capitol building you visit.
If you don't take a guided tour there are excellent electronic displays that can explain most everything you may want to know.

1  Thank Columbus_OhioRandy51
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