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Salem Introduction

Originally established as a humble farming hamlet before becoming a pivotal settlement during the California Gold Rush and subsequently being named state capital, the city of Salem is today making a name for itself as a vacation destination with a difference. Oregon’s third-largest city owes its nickname of the 'Cherry City' to the picturesque blossoms that line its streets, echoing the natural beauty of the Mid-Willamette Valley in which it’s located, and it also boasts a rich historical and cultural offering that’s proudly showcased for visitors in its heritage centers, museums, and art galleries.

Hotels in Salem

Whether traveling solo, with family, or on a romantic getaway with your significant other, Salem hotels have you covered, with the city home to a generous supply of both luxury and budget accommodation. The luxury accommodation options tend to be well-known chains such as Residence Inn and Hampton Inn, all of which tend to be traditionally designed and offer facilities such as indoor pools and fitness centers. Discount hotels in Salem often offer free breakfasts, and many also have business centers onsite.

Where to stay

There’s no shortage of great places to stay in the Mid-Willamette Valley; accommodation in Salem itself is in plentiful supply, especially along Interstate 5, which passes east of the town center. If you travel northward along the I-5 toward the city of Keizer, you’ll find even more motels and discount lodgings perfect for those on a budget. The quaint town of Woodburn, noted for its population of Russian Orthodox Old Believers, is located further north again, but also offers affordable hotels within traveling distance of Salem as well as a thriving cultural scene.

Things to see

Visitors to Salem will find a host of storied landmarks around downtown that give an insight into the history of the region. The Willamette Heritage Center is a collection of historic buildings from the late 19th century, each displaying fascinating artifacts that tell the story of the city’s past—a must-see for history buffs. The heritage-listed Deepwood Museum and Gardens is another essential stop for those looking to discover the area’s heritage, and a walk through the stunning gardens is a great way to pass a sunny afternoon. Visit the state’s art collection at the Oregon State Capitol and take in the exceptional views from its observation deck, an ideal way to appreciate the sweeping beauty of your surroundings. The State Capital State Park is the perfect way to end a day in Salem—if you visit at the right time of year, you’ll get to enjoy a walk under the cherry blossoms in bloom.

How to get to Salem

The easiest way to get to Salem by air is via Portland International Airport, which welcomes both domestic and international flights. A shuttle bus leaves for the city regularly and makes the journey to Salem in less than 2 hours. By road, the city is located around a one-hour drive from both Portland and Eugene on Interstate 5. Travel in Salem itself is simple; the historic center is best explored on foot, and the city’s well-organized bus system services routes around the city at frequent intervals. A number of local taxi companies offer competitive rates for those wishing to travel in the wider area.