Millennia ago, a series of cataclysmic geological events created by shifting tectonic plates lifted the Cascade mountains and sent a series of Earth-moving floods from glacial Lake Missoula, carving out the Columbia River and depositing soils and sediment in the 100-mile swath known as the Willamette Valley.
Welcome to Salem & the Mid-Willamette Valley.
The Most Oregon Part of Oregon!
Taste our rich culinary diversity with fresh foods & delicious wines, experience Oregon’s capital city through wonderful culture & rich heritage, explore scenic mountains, rivers & valleys and charming communities.
Places to Stay
Enjoy lodging options close to downtown historic districts or further out in the heart of Oregon wine country.
Eat & Drink
The flavors of Oregon's bounty are found throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. Fresh produce, vine-ripened fruits, award-winning wine, beer and craft ciders are offered at a variety of eateries.
Right in Salem’s backyard you will find rolling green hills, waterfalls, old-growth forests, wetlands and views that take your breath away!