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Salem

(SLM)

"The Most Oregon Part of Oregon"

Salem is the capital of Oregon. The city is recognized for its scenic beauty, surrounded by gardens, fields of flowers, vineyards and green pastures. It is also perfectly located an hour from the ocean and an hour from the Cascade Mountains. It is at the heart of the Willamette Valley in the northern part of the state and boasts many unique attractions, including a gilded Oregon Pioneer atop the State Capitol building overlooking the surrounding landscape.

Visiting public gardens, children's museums, and riverfront carousels are some of the many fun things to do in Salem. And enchanted theme parks, prestigious universities, and the Willamette Heritage Center provide even more places to visit. Several outdoor attractions offer free things to do in Salem, including leisurely commutes through natural areas like Minto-Brown Island Park, where the setting sun often touches down in a sea of color.

Salem’s beautifully restored railroad station was originally built during World War I and thousands of troops would travel to and through the station from Camp Adair during World War II. As Oregon's capital city, the station served as a venue for politicians conducting “whistle stop” campaigns, including four U.S. presidents: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.

If you’re looking for an authentic Oregon experience, Salem has it all. Offering the best of big city and small town Oregon, you’ll find up-close and personal experiences with the crafters and creators, artists and entrepreneurs who call this region home. It’s a thriving food-and-drink scene, bursting with quirky eateries, intimate wineries and craft breweries—along with an eclectic mix of food trucks, bakeries and more—all featuring ingredients that come straight from local farms.

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  • accessibleWheelchair accessible
  • wcPublic washrooms
  • baby_changing_stationBaby-changing station
  • people_altTicket agent
  • microwaveTicket vending machines
  • no_luggageNo checked baggage
  • foundationEnclosed waiting area
  • local_parkingFree short-term parking
  • local_parkingFree overnight parking

6 Daily Trains

south

  • 12:22503
  • 15:39C. Starlight
  • 19:17505

north

  • 6:41500
  • 14:04C. Starlight
  • 17:41508

Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites
10% off Best Available Rate -- Included with your stay: Free Full Hot Breakfast Buffet, Complimentary Wi-Fi and Parking, Indoor Heated Saltwater Pool & Hot Tub, 24-hr Fitness Center and Business Center, Earn Hilton Honors Points for Your Stay, Award-Winning Customer Service
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15% off your stay

La Quinta by Wyndham
Amtrak Cascades riders receive 15% off best available rates with a valid Amtrak ticket presented to the front desk.
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12% off your stay

Shilo Inns Salem
12% Discount Off Any Room for Amtrack rider with a valid Amtrak ticket presented to the front desk.
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10% Discount to Amtrak Cascades Riders

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Discounted rates with a valid Amtrak ticket presented to the front desk.
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$169 Deluxe Room

Grand Hotel Salem
Discounted Deluxe and Suite Rooms for Amtrak Cascades passengers!
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10% Off Discount for Amtrak Cascades Riders

Knights Inn
Amtrak Cascades riders receive 10% Off Best Available Rates with a valid Amtrak ticket presented to the front desk.
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Discounts for Amtrak Cascades Riders on Yurts

Premier RV Resort
Premier RV Resort in Salem has the newest, best Yurt village in Oregon. Each Yurt is 24 feet in diameter and each has its own personality. Eighth night free with seven nights purchased
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Foodies

RAM Restaurant & Brewery

RAM Restaurant & Brewery
Brewpub chain featuring rotating house beers & easygoing American grub in family-friendly environment.
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Taproot at Old Mill

Taproot at Old Mill
Billed as a “must-visit for those looking for fun, earth-friendly experiences,” Taproot boasts friendly staff and guilt-free menu items in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Eat.Drink.Thrive.

Sassy Onion Grill

Sassy Onion Grill
Sassy Onion has been in Salem Oregon and the Willamette Valley serving up the best breakfast and lunch since 2002.
Breakfast or Lunch?

Adam’s Rib Smoke House

Adam’s Rib Smoke House
Adam’s Rib Smokehouse is an Authentic American BBQ Joint. Known for outstanding slow-smoked barbecue meats, home made side dishes and uncompromising commitment to service. Awarded Best BBQ in the Mid Willamette Valley!
BBQ anyone?

Car Rental

Free hour of car rental

Enterprise car rental
Enterprise will meet you at the Salem Amtrak Cascades Depot! Start your trip off conveniently and start exploring. Phone: (503) 364-1911
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Attractions

Willamette Heritage Center

Willamette Heritage Center
The Willamette Heritage Center connects generations by preserving and interpreting Mid-Willamette Valley history. The fourteen historic structures on site house permanent and changing exhibits, a research library and archive, a textile learning center, and rentable event spaces. The five-acre campus is also home to retail shops, art galleries, cooperative artist studios, and offices for our partner organizations. Phone: (503) 585-7012
Explore the Heritage Center

Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol
Perched atop the Oregon ​​​​State Capitol stands a gilded statue of a bearded man. Is he a politician? A hipster? No. The "gold man" is the "Oregon Pioneer," a symbol of the independent spirit of Oregonians. Oregon Capitol is usually open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, and on occasional weekends for special events. Admission is always free.
Visit the Capitol - see the gardens!

Bush's Pasture Park

Bush's Pasture Park
Bush’s Pasture Park is a lush 90.5 acres of walking/running paths, wooded areas, and open meadows near downtown Salem. The park has many historical features and recreational amenities.
Visit the Beauty of Salem Parks

Deepwood Museum and Gardens

Deepwood Museum and Gardens
Deepwood is so much more than a pretty place. We welcome everyone to come explore Deepwood whether it’s to stroll the gardens, enjoy a special event on the grounds, or visit the museum home. As an educational non-profit, Deepwood’s historic house museum offers a glimpse into early Salem history with tours, exhibitions and lecture series.
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Station

06:00–19:45

Ticketing

06:00–19:45

Location

500 13th Street SE
Salem, OR
97301 United States
Map of 500 13th Street SE in Salem
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