If your trip to Salem is all sorted out but your itinerary is looking a little empty, we can give you a helping hand.Not too far from the city center, Elsinore Theater is one spot you might like to add to your must-see list. If you still have space on that itinerary, Salem Riverfront Park and Oregon State Capitol will keep you amused as well.
You don’t need to limit your exploring to just Salem. Portland is 45 miles away and offers a cool range of close-by things to see and do, such as Oregon Zoo. After another good reason to head there? Portland Japanese Garden is also within easy reach.
Salem has lots on offer. You could stay a while here and not run out of things to see. To take in as much as possible in this thriving metropolis, a rental car is a must. Keep in mind that driving in the city often comes with tight streets and limited parking spots. Don’t worry though, because a compact or an economy car can make this a lot easier to navigate. If you’re going to leave the city behind you and see the rocky coastlines that Salem is renowned for, you’ll probably prefer a car with more power and room to move. A mid-size or full-size SUV will get you around comfortably.
You’ll be glad to hear that there’s a huge range of both economy and high-end rental vehicles on offer in Salem. What you end up opting for will depend on your funds and what you’re hoping to do. Specialty vehicles are all about comfort and class. If you feel like splashing out, why not pick a high-end SUV, or perhaps a stylish medium-sized sedan? Alternatively, if you just need a set of wheels to get you around town at the cheapest price possible, we can help you out with a versatile compact vehicle (or something else that won’t burn a hole in your pocket).
Nabbing a parking space in Salem is relatively easy. Of course, it can depend on the time and place — it could be a bit tricky parking in the very center during peak periods.
As the population of Salem is only 164,500, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with traffic. That said, city center streets generally get busy in the rush hours before and after work, so you may want to avoid driving during these times.
Yes, there are. In Salem, speed limits range from 25mph to 70mph. Residential zones have a maximum speed limit of 25mph unless marked otherwise.
In most cases, your chosen car rental company will charge the amount of the fine to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact details to the relevant local authority so they can send a fine directly to you.
It’s against the law to use your cell phone while driving in Salem, and you could even be hit with a fine for simply handling a phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as you stay focused on the road.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit while operating a vehicle in Salem is 0.08%. If you’re planning a big night out, leave your wheels behind and organize some other way of getting home instead.
Subject to a few exceptions, seat belts must be worn when the vehicle is in motion in Marion County.