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The best camper van rentals near Salem, OR

Embarking on a camper van trip to Salem, Oregon, presents you with a beautiful blend of picturesque landscapes, rich history, and captivating attractions. As the state’s capital, Salem is just an hour’s drive from Portland, comfortably nestled in the heart of Willamette Valley.

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One of the must-visit places in Salem is the Oregon State Capitol. The capitol, with its unmissable golden pioneer statue, offers guided tours that take you through the state’s history and governmental operations. And if you're up for it, you can climb to the observation deck for a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding areas.

Just a stone's throw from the capitol is the beautiful Willamette University campus, the oldest university in the Western United States. The campus is rich with Gothic architecture and historic buildings, providing an excellent spot for visitors to wander and soak in the scholarly atmosphere.

For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, a camper van trip to Salem won't be complete without a visit to Minto-Brown Island Park, the city’s largest park with over 1,200 acres of open and wooded areas. The park boasts extensive walking and biking trails, a massive off-leash dog park, and numerous bird-watching spots.

Don't miss the opportunity to stroll through the Salem Riverfront Park located downtown along the Willamette River. The park features the Riverfront Carousel, a hand-carved merry-go-round that delights kids and adults alike, and the Eco-Earth Globe, a large sculpture made from an old acid ball.

A unique and noteworthy destination in Salem is the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health. It's a fascinating, albeit somber, exploration of the history of mental health treatment in Oregon. The hospital itself was the filming location for the 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

When it comes to Salem’s gastronomic delights, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Stop by the Salem Saturday Market to sample and shop local produce, or head to the numerous vineyards and wineries that surround the city for a taste of Oregon's renowned Pinot Noir.

Wrap up your camper van trip by heading to Silver Falls State Park, located east of Salem. Known as the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Parks system, the park offers more than 35 miles of backcountry trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Don't miss the Trail of Ten Falls, a scenic hike that takes you to ten stunning waterfalls, including the 177-foot South Falls.

In conclusion, Salem, Oregon offers a delightful mix of historical, natural, and culinary attractions that make it an ideal destination for a camper van trip. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or a food enthusiast, Salem has something for everyone. So pack your bags and gear up for an unforgettable journey!

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Salem is a bike-friendly city with many bike races throughout the year and an easy, scenic commute via the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Silver Falls State Park is only 25 miles away from Salem and contains 9,000 acres of forest filled with walking paths (which give you the opportunity to spot wildlife like bears or coyotes) in addition to its world-class waterfalls.

Salem is the Tree City U.S.A. for 30 years in a row thanks to its dedication and management of forestry, plus cherry trees everywhere.

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