The Eugene, Cascades & Coast covers the 4,722 square miles (12,229.92 sq km) of Lane County, Oregon with a stunning stretch of Oregon's coast, a fertile swath of the South Willamette Valley and clear rivers surrounded by lush forests along the western Cascade Mountains.
This section of the Oregon Coast includes dramatic rocky headlands and tidal pools at Cape Perpetua, the country's most photographed lighthouse and the world's largest mainland Stellar Sea Lion cave. Plus there are 23 miles (37.01 km) of beautiful sandy beaches with oceanfront lodging! Access the Oregon National Dunes Recreation Area on a dune buggy tour or camp right on the edge of the dunes. Discover sixteen freshwater lakes, curious carnivorous lilies and miles of hiking trails. Stroll the Siuslaw River boardwalk in Historic Old Town Florence for premier dining and shopping. At Three Rivers Casino & Hotel enjoy gaming, golf and headliner entertainment.
The Willamette Valley is comprised of Oregon's second largest and culturally vibrant metro area, Eugene - Springfield, along with many smaller communities each with distinct personalities. Junction City offers agri-tourism with seasonal u-pick farms and harvest festivals. In historic Coburg, hearken to the golden years and shop for vintage antiques. Creswell is a airplane hobbyists' secret complete with small airport, award-winning golf and outstanding farm-to-table dining. The Covered Bridge Capital of the West, Cottage Grove, showcases a charming downtown swathed in murals, nearby wineries and cycling paths around beautiful lakes. In the heart of Oregon Wine Country, Veneta showcases Fern Ridge Reservoir, with sailing, birding and paddle sports.
The Cascade Mountains include two magnificent rivers and highway corridors filled with adventure. Drive Willamette Highway 58 past freshwater lakes and reservoirs to Oakridge/Westfir, the Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest. Easily accessible trails showcase spectacular waterfalls and sweeping vistas. The Willamette Pass Ski Area offers winter snow sports and summer sightseeing. Head to Oakridge for good food and craft beer.
Highway 126 is a 50-mile (80.47-km) main street for the McKenzie River, one of the world's most scenic and clear waterways. Known for guided fishing and rafting tours, idyllic riverside lodge retreats and the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, this is an outdoor paradise. Soak in hot springs, hike to waterfalls and marvel at one of Oregon's most unique features, the Dee Wright Observatory, built of lava and surrounded by lava fields and mountainscapes. The small communities that comprise the area celebrate the river, their world famous drift boat and their two-hundred year heritage with summer festivals.