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Salem

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Theme Parks · Landmarks · Government Buildings
Salem is the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk counties, and the city neighborhood of West Salem is in Polk County. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in 1857.Salem had a population of 154,637 at the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in the state after Portland and Eugene. Salem is a little more than an hour driving distance away from Portland. Salem is the principal city of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that covers Marion and Polk counties and had a combined population of 390,738 at the 2010 census. A 2013 estimate placed the metropolitan population at 400,408, the state's second largest.The city is home to Willamette University, Corban University, and Chemeketa Community College. The State of Oregon is the largest public employer in the city, and Salem Health is the largest private employer. Transportation includes public transit from Salem-Keizer Transit which operates under the name Cherriots, Amtrak service and non-commercial air travel at McNary Field. Major roads include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99E, and Oregon Route 22, which connects West Salem across the Willamette River via the Marion Street and Center Street bridges.
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Garden
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Salem's Riverfront Carousel
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Enchanted Forest Theme Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Government Building
Oregon State Capitol
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Salem

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Specialty Museum
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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State Park
Silver Falls State Park Drake Crossing
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Wildlife Area
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Newport
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Salem

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Park
Minto-Brown Island Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Riverfront Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Gilbert House Children's Museum
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Bush's Pasture Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in Salem

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Prestige Wine Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Cristom Vineyards
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Bethel Heights Vineyard
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
St. Innocent Winery
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Salem

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Specialty Museum
Willamette Heritage Center
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Bush Barn Art Center
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Salem

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Gift & Specialty Shop
EZ Orchards Fruit Market
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Flea Market
Salem Saturday Market
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Willamette Valley Cheese Company
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Shopping Mall
The Reed Opera House Mall
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

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