Eugene, Oregon is a diverse and eclectic city snuggled in the southern end of the Willamette Valley between two buttes, and hugging the scenic Willamette River. Eugene integrates the surrounding natural environment through extensive parks and path systems, so no matter where you stay in the city, you're immersed in the dynamic beauty of the great Northwest. It is no wonder it is "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors."
Known as Track Town USA, this outdoors-minded community has spawned many great Olympic runners, the innovative Nike mega-company, landmark sports venues and a host of sporting events from popular marathons to the 2012 USA Track & Field Olympic Trials.
Eugene is also a robust college town with several institutions of higher learning, including Lane Community College and the University of Oregon.
Duck fans cheer on local sports at Autzen Stadium and at local sports bars pouring regional microbrews.
As a culinary destination, Eugene offers an abundance of locally-grown, raised and produced food products. From small farms to communal gardens to yogurt, cheese, chocolate and coffee companies, the quality of Northwest regional dining is superb. A glass of award-winning Oregon pinot noir complements every meal.
And there is so much to do in Eugene! With many museums, local opera, symphony and ballet companies, and a multitude of performing arts venues including the 12,000-seat Matthew Knight Arena, the city hums with arts and culture.
Take a walking tour of Eugene's downtown center where artisans seem to spill out of every store front offering one-of-a-kind creations.
With a strong counter-culture heritage stemming from the 1960s, Eugene has valued green, sustainable living long before the mainstream surge.
Eugene's unique and colorful persona is present today at the Oregon Country Fair, the Eugene Celebration and the weekly Saturday Market. Every August, artisans gather in Eugene to hold workshops in a variety of mediums. Try your hand at fiber arts, plein air painting or mosaics during Create! Eugene.
Framed by rolling wine country, agricultural lands and lush green forests, Eugene offers easy access to stunning natural beauty as well as abundant outdoor adventures.
Just an hour west, romp on sandy beaches and explore dramatic coastal vistas, and just a few hours east, climb to the summit of snow-capped Cascades!
The Eugene Airport is only ten minutes from downtown, and Amtrak rolls right into the city center. Hop on the Interstate-5 North to reach the state capital in under an hour or Portland in two hours. Together with neighboring Springfield, the vibrant city of Eugene provides an unparallelled quality of life affirmed and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.