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Salem Oregon

Salem Oregon

No matter if you live in Salem, Oregon, or plan to visit in the near future, the city of Salem has so many fantastic opportunities for those looking for nature, fun and excitement.

Salem is the capital of Oregon, and represents the Marion County. The city is positioned perfectly, located less than 50 miles from Portland, an hour away from the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the Pacific Ocean beaches to the west. So, you have ample opportunities regardless of what you’re interested in. The city is located along the Willamette River, which forms a natural boundary between the Marion and Polk Counties. Salem was named after the Hebrew word shalom or Arabic salam which translates to peace. The city embodies the word with calm and peaceful outdoor recreation in all directions.

A Brief History of Salem, Oregon

Historians believe that the area of Salem has been occupied for over 10,000 years. The current downtown area was a common meeting ground for the native Kalapuya peoples looking to set up camp for the winter. The river was used for fishing and harvesting. During the mid 19th century, native people were forced off their native lands to reservations.

The state of Oregon has changed capitals a few times, with Salem becoming the capital after Oregon City. In 1855 it was moved to Corvallis then back to Salem within a brief few months. When Oregon became officially recognized as a state in 1859, Salem became its permanent capital city and has remained the representative to this day.


Salem, Oregon is the perfect mix of rich history and breathtaking nature. Positioned in the Willamette Valley, this capital city is the perfect choice for a fantastic vacation, or for locals to take advantage of the amazing opportunities right in their backyard.

Things to Do and See

Oregon State Capitol

State Capitol BuildingOregon State Capitol, a legislative building in Salem, is the home of the government of the state of Oregon. This is the third statehouse, constructed in 1936-1938.



Bush Pasture Park

Bush Pasture ParkBush Pasture Park is a quiet and relaxing part of the city of Salem. You can walk through the impressive botanical gardens, or enjoy a park and Asahel Bush House...


Willamette Heritage Center

Willamette Heritage CenterWillamette Heritage Center Willamette Heritage Center, located in Salem, was created in 2010 by combining the Mission Mill Museum and the Marion County Historical Society...


Riverfront Park

Riverfront ParkRiverfront Park is a 23-acre park suited on the Willamette River bank.The park is home to “Willamette Queen” sternwheeler that offers a variety of river cruises.


Hallie Ford Art Museum

Hallie Ford Art MuseumHallie Ford Art Museum offers an extravagant experience for those that appreciate fine art. The current Pacific Northwest collection embodies the Native American roots...


Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State ParkThe largest and most popular Oregon State Park, Silver Falls encompasses 9,200 acres of the stunning rainforest wilderness. Opened to the public in 1933, the park with scenic forested canyons


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