Visit the Oregon State Capital
One of America's Most Fascinating State Capitals
Exploring Salem is an adventure in itself, but getting to experience the capitol is an often-overlooked way to enhance your trip. Salem is a particularly fascinating state capital, and a visit to the Capitol Building itself will yield a wealth of knowledge about Oregon's history, place in the nation, and more.
Salem has one of the most vibrant, constantly-changing set of exhibitions on state government in the country, and it shows. No matter when you choose to visit, the capitol features a number of rotating exhibitions as well as walking tours led by guides well-versed in Oregon history and the legislative process.
Choose the Guided Historical Building Tour, featuring insights into the state government; or go on the Guided Tower Tour of the building's rotunda and observation deck, taking in the sweeping views of the city of Salem. There's a combination tour of both the historical building and the tower, as well as the option to take a self-guided walk-through accompanied by a brochure from the visitors' kiosk.
Visit Salem, and complete your experience of the city with a look at its civic background, past, present and future.