Salem is all the wonderful things about Oregon bundled into a small, sweet, and accessible package. The political center of the Williamette Valley, this state capital is still brimming with the optimistic pioneer spirit upon which it was founded. An agricultural town at heart, no Salem vacations are complete without sampling the "Cherry City's" most-famous product.
The best way to explore this quaint city is to browse options for car rentals in Salem. Don't miss the Oregon State capitol, and if you have kids in tow, the interactive Discovery Village is a must. The Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum showcases pieces from the ancient Mediterranean and the Bush House Museum offers a collection of artifacts in the luxurious setting of a 19th-century mansion. Those truly interested in Salem throughout the ages can't miss the Williamette Heritage Center, which provides insights into the lives of early settlers and houses the best-preserved Victorian factory in the American West.
Attend the Bite of Salem festival in January to sample local cuisine, and vacation to Salem when the weather's warm to experience even more unique annual events you won't want to miss. The Salem Multicultural Institute puts on the World Beat Festival each June. Participants can enjoy music, dance, cuisine, and folklore from each of the continents, making Salem one of the world's most thriving and diverse cities for two days. Art enthusiasts flock to the annual Salem Art Fair and Festival put on by the Salem Art Association each summer at Bush's Pasture Park. While it no longer holds the Cherry festivals that made Salem a destination in the early 1900s, it's still honored as the host for the Oregon State Fair, held at the end of August through Labor Day. This is the state's largest event and promises to be full of classic carnival fun.
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