Located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, Eugene is a city in Oregon that is known for its flourishing arts and outdoors scene. It is set at the junction of the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers and has a history rooted in the hippie movement and counterculture. It is also a busy University town that is also within close proximity to one of the country’s most idyllic wine regions that has countless vineyards. Whether you’re in search of a relaxing time or a fun and exciting experience, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Eugene.
If you happen to be visiting Eugene between April and November, be sure to stop by the Saturday Markey, which features close to 200 local artisans selling a variety of hoods, along with some live music and an international food court. The market lasts all day long and is located at Park Blocks, across the street from the weekly farmers’ market where you can get fresh produce. Being a university town, Eugene is big on the Oregon Ducks, their local football team. Get into the team spirit by catching one of their games at the Autzen Stadium. Go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, which is home to around 300 wineries and is known for its sophisticated pinot noirs. During the second weekend of July, visitors and locals alike flock to the Oregon County Fair, a non-profit event that features 18 stages of live music and performances. Stroll through the city’s oldest Park, Hendricks Park, which has 6,000 plant varieties and also serves as the northern trailhead for the Ridgeline Trail. Go for a hike or take your dog for a walk at Mount Pisgah, then take in the exhibits at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art or the Oregon Air and Space Museum.
From Eugene, it is an easy day trip distance to many fun places including the coast, the Cascades, and even Crater Lake. Have lunch at the King Estate Winery in Lorane, which is about 20 miles away from Eugene. Cannon Beach is slightly over three hours away, and Florence is a cute nearby town that is approximately one and a half hours away. The city of Portland is just under two hours north of Oregon, and Salem is along the way at just over an hour in the same direction.
Eugene is a nice, family-friendly town with lots of great areas to rent homes in during your vacation. Crescent Village is a nice area that has lots of shops and apartments, and offers easy access to restaurants and the businesses. The areas around Amazon Park are also quite nice, offering lots of places to walk, a playground, running trail, and is within a 15-minute drive to Costco. South Eugene has beautiful parks and single family homes, while smaller apartments are located closer to the university campus. The best areas are south of 19th Street, as anything north of 19th Street is more college student-oriented.
There are multiple methods of transportation for getting around Eugene. It has countless walking and bike trails, and there is also a 30 mile, extensive off-road paved bicycle trail system. The Lane Transit District bus system is convenient and efficient with multiple stops around town. There is also a taxi service, although rental cars would be the most convenient and affordable way to get around, especially if you have longer road trips planned.
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