Econo Lodge Salem
3195 Portland Rd. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97303, United States
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Oregon Beaver on Salem Riverfront Carousel
northern Africa on the EcoEarth Globe sculpture
osprey in tree at Minto Island park, September 5
great blue heron in Minto Island flooded field
Travel Tips for Salem
This sculpture is completely hidden from all major and most minor throughfares. It is located in a courtyard surrounded on three sides by the North Mall Office Building, and on the north side by a pathway.
On the weekends, when this busy office complex is vacant, this area is a nice, quiet place to have a meditative moment - though just what meditations this type of sculpture creates may be "interesting" at best.
The official address of the North Mall Office Building is 725 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon. However, the building is large enough to face three different streets.
The sculpture was created from reclaimed materials, and is supposedly an example of such "recycling" which was to make the North Mall Office Building a trend setter in the area of green development.
Oregon Medal of Honor Monument
This monument is located on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, near several other military monuments such as the Doughboy Monument and the Korean War Memorial, though it is slightly more hidden from Summer Street due to trees planted around it to keep it somewhat quiet from traffic noise and therefore respectful.
Unfortunately, the monument is overwhealmed by the new Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Monument, which completely dwarfs this and other monuments in the same section of the grounds.
The monument gives basic information on the Medal of Honor, and lists Oregonians who have earned the Medal of Honor through military service.
Salem Riverfront Park
As the name implies, Salem's Riverfront Park sits right on the river. The land was originally a paper plant, but has now been remade as a downtown recreation area. The majority of the park exists as wide open grass fields that serve as a good place for picnic or other summer and sun activities. There is a small outdoor ampitheatre, and an extremely nice covered picnic area for days when the weather is not sunny. Concrete trails and benches are located throughout the park, including along the river. While this is not generally a place to go wildlife hunting, if you have some decent equipment you might be able to see something across the Willamette Slough on the northern edge of Minto Island. (As a general rule, though, if you are in Salem and want to see wildlife, it is better to go a little south of downtown and visit Minto Island and its wildlife refuge proper.)
While the park has busy streets near it, it doesn't suffer too much traffic noise, though there is some.
Several features of the park warrant their own tips:
Salem Riverfront Carousel is located near the center east side of the park, and very popular with children visitors year round
EcoEarth Globe was created from remnants of the park's past life
Willamette Queen is a boat used for river cruises during meal times, and uses the dock at this park as its primary departure point
A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village is a childrens museum and activity place created from some of Salem's old houses
Downtown Salem: Historic Buildings Tour
As I walked around the downtown grid of one-way streets, I shot pictures of the nicely restored buildings, most of them worthy of being on the national register of historic places. It's not big but worthwhile. This inventory of architecture dates mostly between the 1880's to as late as the 1920's. Downtown is well landscaped with trees and hanging baskets with flowers, as well as cast iron street lamps and other ornamentation from the bygone era. See the link below for restaurants and bars downtown. Live music is commonplace on the weekends.
The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
This is another long day trip. I'd recommend spending the night in Redmond or Bend if you do this. But it can be done in a day.
This byway starts about 130 miles from Salem. It's just east of the cascade range, but is so close that the views of the white peaked mountains and crystal clear lakes are gorgeous. The loop is about 66 miles long and should take about 3-5 hours to tour. If you're a fisherman, stop and fish your way along. If you're a photographer, take lots of film or a big memory card! If you're into hiking and skiiing, you'll find lots of that, too.
Also note --- The first 17 miles of the byway start from just outside Bend to Mt. Bachelor are open year-round. The last 4 miles north of Highway 58 are also open year-round. The remaining 48 miles from Mt. Bachelor to the Cutoff are closed in the winter due to snow.
Check out my new Redmond, Oregon, page for info on accommodations and restaurants in that area.
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Econo Lodge Salem
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Salem Econo Lodge
Address: 3195 Portland Rd. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97303, United States