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Located south of the Portland metropolitan area, Marion County stretches from the Willamette River to the Cascade Mountains and most of its population of 300,000+ can reach the Pacific beaches in under two hours.
Marion County has 20 cities, including the State Capital, Salem. The largest event in Salem is the Oregon State Fair at the end of August through Labor Day. Located in the Oregon State Fairgrounds in North Salem, the fair offers exhibits, competitions and carnival rides. Other events such as concerts, horse shows and rodeos take place at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center throughout the year.
In addition to the Oregon State Capitol and adjacent Willson Park, Salem's downtown contains the Mission Mill Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Elsinore Theatre, Riverfront Park, the Willamette River, some of the oldest buildings in Oregon, as well as shopping and restaurants. The A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village interactive children's museum and Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum are both also located in Salem.
Each spring the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon, 45 minutes from Portland, opens up it'’s fields overflowing with every kind and color of tulip imaginable. It runs from March 30-April 30 and is a site to behold. Even if Tulip festival is for only one month it is so popular that it is described as one of top things to see in Oregon. If you go plan for half a day to 1 day trip. Do not go on a rainy day and get there between 10 AM-2PM if you can. The fields are open from 9 AM - 6 PM. Gift shops are also open during this time.
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Not sure what you'll like in Oregon?
Klamath County is home to Crater Lake National Park, one of Oregon's most popular visitor destinations. Created by the explosion of a massive volcano 7,000 years ago, the lake today offers year-round sightseeing and recreation opportunities.
Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. With snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, there is a lot of open country. It offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and golfing.
If the Pacific Coast is more your style try Lincoln County known for it's lighthouses and the Coast's most photographed seascape.