Salem is a great place to take in Oregon's history by visiting the state's historic art deco capitol and walking the charming streets of a genuine "main street" community. Set in the fertile Willamette Valley, Salem (pop. 157,000), is surrounded by world-class wineries as well as countless natural areas which provide many options for hikers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts.
Make the most of your visit to our wonderful city by touring Salem's cultural gems, exploring eclectic shops, markets and cafթs. We also invite you to sample some of the finest food and drink available, including award-winning wines and micro brews. Salem embodies the Oregonian spirit and is the perfect gateway to Oregon's many wonders. The mighty Pacific Ocean is 59 miles west, Portland is a mere 47 miles north, Eugene is 66 miles south, and Bend is 132 miles west.
Request a Guided Visit ~ Let one of our Salem Greeters be your friend for the day and show you what makes this charming city special. Please register for your free guided visit at least 7 days in advance. Greeter guided visits typically span 1-2 hours in duration.
Gallery ~ See photos of past visits and sites often showcased by Salem Greeters.
Become a Greeter ~ Are you a person who loves sharing the beauty and history of Salem with others? Want to meet people from around the region and possibly the world? Consider becoming a Salem Greeter!
Photos by Ron Cooper