"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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- wcPublic washrooms
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- people_altTicket agent
- microwaveTicket vending machines
- no_luggageNo checked baggage
- foundationEnclosed waiting area
- local_parkingFree short-term parking
- local_parkingFree overnight parking
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Hampton Inn & Suites
15% off your stay
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10% Discount to Amtrak Cascades Riders
$169 Deluxe Room
10% Off Discount for Amtrak Cascades Riders
Discounts for Amtrak Cascades Riders on Yurts
RAM Restaurant & Brewery
Taproot at Old Mill
Sassy Onion Grill
Adam’s Rib Smoke House
Free hour of car rental
Willamette Heritage Center
Oregon State Capitol
Bush's Pasture Park
Deepwood Museum and Gardens
Location500 13th Street SE
97301 United States