Top Choice Park in Salem

Silver Falls State Park

Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls, 26 miles east of Salem on Hwy 214, is an easy day trip from Portland, Salem and Eugene. It offers camping, swimming, picnicking, cycling and horseback riding. Best of all a…
Top Choice Museum in Bend

High Desert Museum

Don't miss this excellent museum about 3 miles south of Bend on US 97. It charts the exploration and settlement of the West, using reenactments of a Native American camp, a hard-rock mine and an old Western town. Th…
Top Choice Museum in Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Located just below Skamania Lodge, this museum weaves together the many threads that form the area's history – Native Americans, early explorers, pioneer settlers, logging, fishing, shipping, power generation and re…
Top Choice Museum in The Dalles & Around

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

This excellent museum covers the history of the gorge, from its creation by cataclysmic floods to the hardships pioneers had traversing it, to early settlements and transport in the area to the construction – and co…
Museum in Salem

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art boasts the state's best collection of Pacific Northwest art, including an impressive Native American gallery. Admission is free on Tuesdays.
Notable Building in Salem

Oregon State Capitol

The state's first capitol building burned down in 1855, and a domed classic Roman edifice was built to replace it. Unfortunately, that building also burned down (in 1935), and the current capitol building was comple…
Museum in Astoria

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria's seafaring heritage is well interpreted at this wave-shaped museum. It's hard to miss the Coast Guard boat, frozen in action, through a huge outside window. Other exhibits highlight the salmon-packing indus…
Museum in Astoria

Heritage Museum

Housed in the former city hall, the Heritage Museum commemorates Astoria's various ethnic communities and early settlers. There's a lot of interactive stuff for kids to look at, and a room dedicated to the Clatsop t…
Historic Building in Astoria

Flavel House

The extravagant Flavel House was built by Captain George Flavel, one of Astoria's leading citizens during the 1880s. The Queen Anne house has been repainted in its original colors and the grounds have been returned …
Museum in Ashland

Schneider Museum of Art

Ashland's culture extends beyond the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; if you like contemporary art, check out this Southern Oregon University museum. The university also puts on theater performances of its own, along wi…