Located an hour south of Portland is Oregon’s capital: Salem. This city is split by the Willamette River, with several great locations for fishing, boating, and tubing. The waterfront also has great activities to enjoy with your kids, including Minto Brown park, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, and the Riverfront Carousel.
Salem’s historic downtown is filled with eclectic shops, adorable coffee shops, and some of the best restaurants in town. Locals rave about Word of Mouth, a bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all crafted to perfection. Another downtown dinner spot is Wild Pear, where you’ll find refreshing dishes of different types of cuisine.
Over in East Salem, you can dine at The Yard Food Park, a pod of food trucks with covered seating. If you cross the bridge into West Salem, then you must try Annette’s Westgate Cafe for a meal that feels just like home. Salem is also located only twenty minutes south of Oregon’s one and only In-N-Out Burger!
Known for its beautiful hills and mountain views, Salem uniquely offers either city or country living. It is a great place to come explore!