Marion/Polk Counties | Travel Salem | The Most Oregon Part of Oregon

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Marion County Farm ~ Photo by John Zielinski

This self-guided loop leads to 23 farm stops in Marion County. Visit a variety of family farms to pick produce, find the perfect pumpkin, enjoy delicious desserts, go wine tasting or gather a bouquet of flowers. Details on website.

Marion or Polk Counties

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In Polk County, you can choose your own adventure. Whether you're seeking rolling hills or flat roads, in-town or out in the countryside, our routes are accessible year round and guaranteed to provide you with a picture perfect ride. 

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem
Oregon’s second largest art museum featuring the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of historical and contemporary art with an emphasis on regional art. 
700 State St.
Salem, OR 97301

World Beat Gallery, Salem
Cultural exhibitions from Salem’s ethnic communities displayed all year. 2010 themes include Samoa, India, international marriage customs and winter holidays around the world.
189 Liberty St. NE, #107 (Located inside Reed Opera House)
Salem, OR 97301

Willamette Heritage Center, Salem
Willamette Heritage Center preserves three 1840’s Mission houses and a 19th century woolen mill; the Museum interprets Western Oregon’s settlement and industry. Visit Oregon’s American Treasure. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed major holidays.
1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

Salem Art Association & Salem Art Fair & Festival 
Once home to the Bush family’s farm equipment, the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem is a renovated historic building now housing two contemporary exhibition galleries, and a consignment and rental gallery. The Camas Gallery features the work of over 150 artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A.N. Bush Gallery presents major exhibitions of regional, national and international artists. The Focus Gallery is a more intimate exhibit space that showcases the finest contemporary work being made by artists living in the Salem area. The Salem Art Fair & Festival is one of Oregon’s premier cultural events and is the largest juried art festival of its kind in the state. Held the third weekend in July and set among historic oak trees, the Art Fair’s Artist Marketplace features over 200 of the top fine artists and crafts people from around the country. Art from a wide variety of mediums include painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, photography and fiber. Performing art is provided with 50 free performances by regional and national acts.
600 Mission St. SE
Salem, OR 97302

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Pow-Wow
The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde represent native peoples from the Umpqua, Molalla, Rogue River, Kalapuya and Chasta regions. The tribes annual Pow Wow and Pow Wow singers are very important in the Native American culture. Without them there would be no dancing. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social and hold special meaning to those who know the song. Dancers are an important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dances seen at Pow Wows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. The outfits worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life. Visitors to the Pow Wow learn about the tribes culture and sense of community. Many visitors are touched by the deep meaning and beauty of this Pow Wow.
9615 Grand Ronde Rd.
Grand Ronde, OR 97347

Antique Powerland Museums, Brooks
Antique Powerland Museums is a power equipment heritage site established by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation, restoration and demonstration of steam powered equipment, antique farm machinery and implements. This site interprets the heritage of the agricultural industry in regards to the apparatus used to plant, harvest and process crops. The Antique Powerland site is home to a diverse set of museums and heritage clubs with activities related to blacksmithing, fire apparatus, electric railroads, miniature railroading, Caterpillar equipment, antique cars and motorcycles, early day trucks, large steam engines, steam operated cranes and model railroading. The Annual Great Oregon Steam-Up event is held the last weekend of July and first weekend of August.
3995 NE Brooklake Rd. NE (I-5 exit 263) 
Brooks, OR 97303

Champoeg State Heritage Area, St. Paul
Champoeg is the site where Oregon’s first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. This heritage area also features a unique combination of history, nature and recreation with interactive living history programs, camping opportunities, walking and cycling paths, and the Historic Butteville Store founded in 1863 which is considered the oldest operating store in Oregon. 
7679 Champoeg Rd. NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137