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Salem Vacations

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.

Major Attractions

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.

Recurring Festivals and Events

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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Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Salem?
With vacation packages on offer from as little as $507, there’s no need to drain your bank balance for your trip to Salem. Travelocity can help. Combine experiences, flights and hotels into a package and land some exciting discounts. The more you book, the more you save.
How long should my Salem vacation be?
If you need some guidance, most visitors spend roughly 2 nights vacationing in Salem. But to uncover the true essence of this place, stay a bit longer. That way you can tick off more attractions and really experience the local culture.
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Salem?
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Can I save money on my Salem car rental if I bundle it with my hotel or flight?
Combining your car, hotel and flight into a Salem vacation package is a great way to score better prices. Plus, having your own set of wheels gives you the freedom to get to all the landmarks you’re itching to check out. Located 62 mi from Salem, University of Oregon is one attraction that should be on your itinerary. Fill up the tank and make a day trip of it.
What is the best time of year to go to Salem?
If you really want to wander wisely, January is an ideal time to do it. That’s when room rates are at their cheapest. In contrast, prices soar in April. August, July, June are the most popular months for a vacation in Salem, so expect long queues for famous attractions. Hoping to avoid peak season? You’ll find fewer crowds in October, November, December.
Which airport is best for Salem?
For many visitors, heading to Salem means hopping off the plane at Portland, OR (PDX-Portland Intl.). This busy airport is located 50 mi northeast of the downtown area. You could also jet into Eugene, OR (EUG-Mahlon Sweet Field) (56 mi away from central Salem) or Salem, OR (SLE-McNary Field) (2 mi away from central Salem).
What is there to do in Salem?
Wings and Waves Waterpark is one of the awesome sights that make Salem a popular place to visit. But allow yourself enough time to discover the city’s lesser-known attractions too. This is often where the best vacation memories are created.
Where should I stay when visiting Salem?
After a fun day out in Salem, the neighborhood of Southeast Salem is a perfect place to rest and unwind. You’ll find a cozy bed and a hot shower at the Best Western Plus Mill Creek Inn (2.5 stars) and the Howard Johnson by Wyndham Salem (2.0 stars).

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