Oregon April 14, 2021
The Tiny Town Of Silverton Is Secretly The Best Place In Oregon
Oregon is full of some of the most charming little towns you’ll ever visit, but the town of Silverton may just be the most delightful in the state. Known as Oregon’s Garden City, Silverton is home to an abundance of beauty, everywhere you turn. Truly — head out in any direction from Silverton, and you’ll encounter something splendid: a roaring waterfall, magical garden, covered bridge, or quaint landmark. It’s a joy to be in Silverton, which, in our humble opinion, is quite possibly the best place in Oregon.
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Nestled between Salem and the Cascade Mountains, Silverton is a place that's truly delightful. This small town is home to just 9,500 residents, and is a picture-perfect slice of small town life in the PNW.
Public art can be found on almost every corner in Silverton. The town boasts around 30 brightly colored murals which each help to tell the story of Silverton.
Visitors can actually download an
to their phone to take a walking tour of the murals.
Silverton's downtown is downright idyllic. The eponymous Silver Creek babbles through town, providing a gentle soundtrack and lovely views.
With buildings dating as far back as the 1800s, Silverton has a quaint and historic feel.
You won't find any blighted buildings or chain stores here. Today, these historic buildings are home to dozens of local stores and restaurants --
Silverton Coffee Station is perhaps the most adorable.
With Silver Creek running through the town, a visit to nearby
Silver Falls State Park is a must.
At 9,200 acres, it's Oregon's largest state park, and features 10 waterfalls and 25 miles of backcountry trails.
Known as the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Park system, Silver Falls State Park looks like something out of a fairy tale.
And while the entire park is wondrous, the waterfalls are the stars.
If you're looking for an epic day hike, the
Trail of 10 Falls
is absolutely worth every step of its 8.7 miles. True to its name, this hiking trail features all 10 of the park's waterfalls, and is absolutely a bucket-list hike in Oregon.
There's more natural beauty just around the corner;
Oregon Garden is 80 acres of botanical bliss.
This Silverton gem features 20 specialty gardens, including a water garden, rose garden, and children's garden.
In warmer months, the garden dazzles in a prismatic panorama of color.
Just a stone's throw from Oregon Gardens, you'll find the
Gordon House, Oregon’s only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure.
One of the most famed architects of the twentieth century, Wright's Usonian-style home was actually originally built in 1964 in neighboring Wilsonville. Facing demolition, the home was moved to its current location in Silverton in 2001. It maintains all of the original design, materials, setting, furniture, appliances, and fixtures, and is an inspiration.
We'd be remiss not to mention the
Gallon House Bridge, one of the oldest covered bridges in Oregon. Built in 1916, it separates the towns of Mt. Angel and Silverton, and harkens back to a time when Oregon was a "dry" state.
While the people of Silverton were good, law-abiding citizens and followed the rules, the residents of Mt. Angel found a legal loophole by “gifting” each other alcohol, essentially hiding the money that made it a transaction.
A "gallon house" was set up on the Mt. Angel side of the bridge, where Silverton residents would go to “purchase” whiskey by the gallon. And this is how the bridge, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, earned its name.
Today, Silverton is home to several local breweries.
Silver Falls Brewery is a charming Silverton spot serving up some of the best IPAs in the state.
And the nearby
Mac's Place is like Cheers, but in Oregon: everyone knows your name, and it's all positive vibes in here.
(Also -- their burgers are extraordinary.)
The secret's out: Silverton is the best town in Oregon. With an abundance of natural beauty and oodles of historic charm, Silverton is a treasure of a town.
Silverton, you’re gold to us: a shining example of pure Oregon splendor at its finest. And if you’re curious about Bobbie The Wonder Dog, one of the statues found in Oregon Garden, definitely read up about this unlikely state hero
and his amazing 3,000 mile journey. Address: Silverton, OR 97381, USA