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…
Museum in Eugene

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

This renowned museum offers a 13,000-piece rotating permanent collection of world-class art, with an Asian art specialty. Highlights can include a 10-panel Korean folding screen and a standing Thai Buddha in gold le…
Museum in Eugene

Lane County Historical Museum

Most prominent at this good museum is a transportation collection that includes Oregon's oldest, best-preserved running gear (undercarriage) for a covered wagon. A Victorian parlor, historic kitchen exhibit and old …
Museum in Eugene

Science Factory

Parents and kids will love this children's museum, located in Alton Baker Park. Hands-on exhibits and live lizards and frogs are among the highlights; weekend planetarium shows cost $3 extra. There are expansive law…
Market in Eugene

Saturday Market

For great fun and a quintessential introduction to Eugene's peculiar vitality, don't miss the Saturday Market, held each Saturday from March through November at E 8th Ave and Oak St. Between Thanksgiving and Christm…
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…
Historic Site in Oregon City

McLoughlin House

This 1845 house was built by John McLoughlin, who was called the 'father of Oregon' for his hand in helping found Oregon City – the West's first. At the time, most settlers lived in log cabins, and this two-story cl…
Museum in Oregon City

Museum of the Oregon Territory

Exhibits at this engaging museum include a chunk of the Willamette Meteorite, the largest meteorite found in the US (the rest is at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City). There's also information …
Museum in Oregon City

Stevens-Crawford House Museum

For a taste of the past, step into this historic museum. Owned by a pioneering family, the 1908 house still boasts most of its original furniture and other possessions, plus innovative (at the time) electric light f…