We have created a hotel block at the nearby, brand new Holman Riverfront Park Hotel in Salem. They are offering the special rate of $229 for any of their rooms from Friday July 7th to Sunday July 9th. Please register using the provided link to get the reserved special rate. The Holman will also offer valet parking for $20/night.
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There are also many hotel chains in East Salem, near Interstate 5, which should have more affordable rates. The hotels in nearby Dallas, OR are also comparably cheaper than the hotels in Salem, if you don't mind the even smaller town. We also suggest looking into vacation rentals on VRBO.
We suggest flying into Portland (PDX) Friday July 7th and spending the day there. We also understand that PDX is an expensive airport to fly into. If you are unable to find a realistic flight option, we suggest looking into flying into Seattle and driving down to Salem (3.5 hrs). There are a few options to get from Portland to Salem, however we recommend either renting a car or taking the train from Portland Union Station to Salem (Amtrak Station SLM). Buses are available for transportation from Portland to Salem from Flixbus, Amtrak, and Groome. We also recommend looking into Turo as an affordable rental car option.
Please use this spreadsheet to leave your information if you are looking for travel companions to make things (carpool, lodging, etc) cheaper!View