1. Aurora Walking Tour
See the town of Aurora, Oregon, through the eyes of Emma Wagner Giesy, a 19th century resident. The self-guided “Walk With Emma” tour covers approximately four square blocks of the Aurora Colony National Historic District. You’ll visit 28 stops along the way, including Emma’s home, the old post office and the site of the Aurora Pioneer Hotel.
Grab a copy of the free walking tour map at the Old Aurora Colony Museum, where you can also schedule a tour to see the inside of four colony buildings.
2. Marion Farm Loop
Take a scenic, 120-mile drive to 25 farm stops near Salem, Oregon. The Marion Farm Loop will have you apple picking at Beilke Family Farm, indulging in homemade donuts at E.Z. Orchards, exploring 10 acres of flowers at Schreiner’s Iris Garden and visiting several boutique-style wineries.
A farm loop guide can be picked up at all participating locations or the Travel Salem Visitors Center.
3. North Santiam River Tours
Take a family-friendly, scenic float or a thrilling whitewater adventure down the pristine North Santiam River with eNRG Kayaking. Starting near Detroit, Oregon, paddlers can choose to use a raft or inflatable kayak. The scenic portion of the river is a great introduction to river paddling, while the whitewater route takes you down four class III rapids.
4. Northwest Vintage and Antique Trail – Salem
Shop at Salem’s largest and oldest antique mall, Engelberg Antiks, or find a vintage treasure at Main Street Emporium, in Dallas, Oregon, on the Northwest Vintage and Antique Trail. The trail takes you to more than a dozen vintage and antique stores, boutiques and malls in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
A map can be found at any location on the trail, the Travel Salem Visitors Center or online.
5. Oregon State Capitol Tours
One of Salem’s most iconic buildings – the Oregon State Capitol – is open for tours throughout the week. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the state, the Capitol building and the legislative process. In warmer months, visitors can climb 121 steps to view the 23-foot pioneer statue that stands atop of the building.
Afterwards, take a self-guided tour of the Capitol grounds, which has been designated as a state park and features dozens of statues and monuments.