Destination guide

A great Oregon destination

Salem has been attracting visitors for years, drawn in by the museums, family friendly entertainment and the world-class eateries located in the historic downtown. Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the town was founded in the mid-18th century but quickly boomed during the gold rush years. By day, you can go hiking in the forest parks in search of bears and elks, and by night you can return to the town to enjoy a fine cocktail and award-winning cuisine. Be sure to nab one of the Salem vacation rentals before they're all gone.

Things to do

Wander through the historic downtown

The attractions of town begin right on the doorstep of your Salem vacation rental. The historic downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is jam-packed full of interesting architecture. To experience it, wander from Chemeketa along to Front Street. Other notable buildings to visit are the State Capitol, which has an observation deck open to the public, and the Willamette University campus, the oldest on the west coast. Don't miss Powerland Heritage Park, a vast museum housing steam engines, which also offers rides on the trains and antique streetcars.

Activities

Miles of state park to explore

Close to Salem vacation rentals you'll find some of the most scenic wilderness in the country. Think rolling green fields punctuated by waterfalls, wetlands and dense forests. There is no better example than the Silver Falls State Park, under 30 miles east of the town. Here, you can lace up your boots and hike through the Trail of Ten Falls, a ravishing walk that passes numerous waterfalls. You can also cast your line in to catch a Chinook salmon, cool off in the river, spend a night under the stars and canvas, or jump on mountain bikes to ride along the paths.

Weather

Harvest time is the right time

Salem vacation rentals are available all throughout the year, and the seasonal changes offer plenty to do and see. The summers are warm, but the town's elevation keeps it cool and ideal for hiking through the Willamette National Forest. Harvest time is the right time in the Willamette Valley and you can get your green fingers out to pick grapes and vegetables. The winters can drop below freezing and bring snow, but you can dive into one of the fascinating museums or cozy restaurants to warm up. Alternatively, bundle up to enjoy winter activities.

Natural features

A place teeming with wildlife

The nearby Willamette National Forest is easily reached by car and provides a habitat for hundreds of species. Down in the depths of the valley where forests of Douglas fir and conifers are prevalent, steelhead and Chinook salmon race along the rivers and streams. If you join one of the wildlife tours, you can head off into the wilderness to spot roaming Roosevelt elk and ambling black bears. Sightings of red-tailed deer bounding through the forests are not uncommon, nor are many nesting bird species.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Salem

Fly into Salem, OR (SLE-McNary Field), the closest airport, located 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Corvallis, OR (CVO-Corvallis Municipal), which is 32.5 mi (52.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Salem Station.

Where to stay around Salem?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 175 vacation rentals near Salem. From 106 Houses to 27 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Salem for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Salem?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salem. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards: 110 vacation rentals
  • Salem Riverfront Park: 102 vacation rentals
  • Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion: 109 vacation rentals
  • Willamette University: 103 vacation rentals
  • Oregon State Capitol: 101 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salem listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Salem?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 106 Houses in Salem. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salem include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 27 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Farmhouses: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salem?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 16 vacation rentals with pool available in Salem. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.