The Oregon, Salem area had been well known as a normal resting place for Indians traveling up and down the west. As more diversity moved west, eventually towns were formed and in Oregon, Salem was named capital in 1851. But this did not set over too well with some and the Capital was moved to Oregon City. That was not the only move, Corvallis was the next capital for anther short period of time, until finally, Salem was given back it’s capital in the end. The diversity of people today is of approximately 77% Euro-white decent, 14% Hispanic, 7.9% other races, 2.7% Native American Indian and 1.3% African American. The city of Salem today is full of cultural diversity along with being a very strong capital city.
When it comes to sightseeing, there are plenty of beautiful sites to see in Salem. To start with, the State Capitol building is of beautiful white marble which features “The Oregon Pioneer” statue made of bronze and gold leaf next to the building. There is also an area with a gazebo, a replica of the Liberty Bell and Waite Fountain. This area features summer time concerts and other public events for all to enjoy. There is also the Bush Pasture Park that features the Bush House. This is all located near the Willamette River and downtown Salem. The Bush House is a Victorian mansion built on 5.5 acres estate, with the Bush Barn Art Center and the Bush Conservatory. Close by all of this is the Riverfront Park sitting along the Willamette River. There is an Amphitheatre and Old-fashioned River Boat rides that tour down through the Willamette River. Oregon Salem is full of beautiful places to site see for the romantic couples or the whole family for a weekend mini vacation. For the children oriented vacation, there is the Enchanted Forest amusement park, which includes Storybook Lane, a summer comedy theater and the Ice Mountain amusement rides. For adults without the kids, the Oregon Salem area features over 20 wineries that welcome tourists in for wine tasting.
When it is to know the Oregon Salem Capital and where to stay, the main hotel in Salem with some of the best reviews is the Red Lion Hotel. The Red Lion Hotel sits in closeness of 2-miles or less of the State Capital Building, the main Salem Convention Center and the fairgrounds. The hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. High speed Internet access along with the normal cable in room items. Another high rated hotel in Salem is the Shilo Inn Salem Suites. This hotel is also within the 2 mile Capital radius, which also has similar swimming pool, sauna, fitness room and wireless amenities for their guests.