While most visitors associate Oregon with Portland, the state capital is actually in nearby Salem. Here's a suggested itinerary for those wanting to stroll around this historic city.
Start your trek through Salem at the State Capitol building on 900 Court Street. Take a self-guided tour and explore the artwork adorning the interior taking special care not to miss the Golden Pioneer statue that sits on top of the building. This hollow statue made from gold is 23-feet high and weighs 8.5 tons.
Then stroll over to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon’s third largest art museum and catch impressive collection of artwork crafted by Northwestern with a particular focus on Native American art.
Afterward, head over to Princle Park Plaza for lunch at the Alcyone Café, a local cafe that offers fresh Northwest cuisine by Chef Karo Thom.
Post lunch, take a stroll along Salem's Riverfront Park. This urban park offers an easy walk on paved paths situated along the Willamette River. Be sure to check out Salem's Riverfront Carousel, one of the only a handful of genuine, Old-World style carousels on the West Coast. Also stop by the Eco Globe that was once a working “acid ball,” used in pape pulp making by Boise Cascade Company that's now been converted into a giant piece of artwork featuring tiles made by local artists and students showcasing the world’s cultures & diversity.
Go window shopping at Reed Opera House, one of Oregon’s historic treasures, dating to 1870 that's now home to an eclectic mix of boutique shops & restaurants including Carmelle’s Tea House, Slab Soap Company, the Little Cannoli Bakery and newly opened Santiam Brewing Company’s “The Bureau” beer tasting room.
Time permitting, download the Historic Downtown Salem - Walking Tour Guide and take a self-guided tour that highlights Salem's historic architecture, as well as a series of underground tunnels and shops that once housed speakeasys and Opium dens.
Conclude the day by checking into The Grand Hotel www.grandhotelsalem.com a historic hotel with a forward thinking commitment to being green. Among their amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high speed Internet, in-room and public area recycling. Other services include 24 hour business center, indoor pool, spa and fitness room and complimentary underground parking. As much of this city closes down after dark, ask the concierge for suggestions of places to grab a bite to eat.
For additional information about booking a trip to Oregon's capital, log on to Travel Salem.