Top things to do in Salem

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…
Gardens in Salem

Oregon Garden

Plant-lovers shouldn't miss this garden, located 15 miles east of Salem outside Silverton. Over 20 specialty gardens are showcased on 80 acres, including a Northwest plant collection, miniature conifer section, chil…
Historic Site in Salem

Gordon House

Next to the Oregon Garden in Silverton is the Gordon House, the only building in Oregon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was built in 1964 and moved to its present location in 2002. Call ahead for tours as opening…
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.
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 Salem

Willamette Heritage Center

This interesting 5-acre complex houses grassy gardens, two gift shops, a clutch of pioneer buildings and two museums.The Mission Mill Museum, the Jason Lee House (1841), the John Boon House (1847), the Methodist Par…
University in Salem

Willamette University

Just south of the capitol, Willamette University was the first university in the western USA and is well respected for its liberal-arts undergraduate program and law school. The Visitor Information Center has a walk…
Area in Salem

Mount Angel

The little town of Mount Angel, with its Bavarian-style storefronts and lovely abbey, is like an old-world holdover in the Oregon countryside. Visit in mid-to-late September, during Oktoberfest, for maximum effect; …
Museum in Salem

AC Gilbert's Discovery Village

Built to honor Salem native AC Gilbert, who invented the Erector Set, this hands-on children's museum – located in two colorful arts-and-crafts houses – combines educational exhibits with plenty of play areas. The h…
Amusement Park in Salem

Enchanted Forest

Located 7 miles south of Salem, this children's theme park is a fun fantasyland offering rides (extra charge), a European village, Western town and storybook themes, among other things. There are water light shows a…