Trip Ideas

Car-Free Road Trips on Public Transit

Want to road trip but don't have a car? Explore the region beyond Eugene using public transportation. You can hike to waterfalls, mountain bike renowned trails, walk on the beach, shop farmers' markets, sightsee in small towns, hang out at must-visit bakeries and craft breweries, or just enjoy the…

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Natural Swimming Holes

Where can you take a refreshing dip this summer? We asked around and came up with this list of some of our favorite local swimming holes. Remember, these swimming destinations are not supervised nor maintained — so make sure you're making safety your priority: swim with a buddy, watch your children…

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Spectacular Summer Waterfalls

Summer brings the promise of endless days spent in some of the most beautiful outdoor places in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon. Waterfall hikes are one of our favorite ways to celebrate the return of summer! Here’s our list of the best waterfalls for road trippers, history enthusiasts…

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A 10 Mural Walking Tour in Cottage Grove

The Cottage Grove mural walking tour is an easy self-guided tour you can do in one day. Ten spectacular murals adorn the sides of buildings throughout Cottage Grove's downtown historic district, telling Cottage Grove's story through early settlement, the gold rush and then discovery by Hollywood…

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How to Road Trip to Oakridge Without a Car

This is a renowned mountain biking destination, but Oakridge-Westfir is also excellent for fishing, birding, hiking, snowshoeing and sightseeing. Follow the Middle Fork of the Willamette River up into the mountains on a picturesque journey passing farmland, lakes, historic covered bridges and old…

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Short Hikes with Big Rewards

Want that dramatic, far-as-the-eye-can-see view without having to travel as far as the eye can see? That breathtaking, awe-inspiring punch of nature that's just a few steps away? That stunning marvel that feels like it's in the middle of nowhere without being hard to reach? Here are a few trails…

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Popular Water Skiing Lakes

Do you feel the need for speed? We've compiled a list of some of the best places for powerboats, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and jet-skiing around the Eugene area. Launch your motorboat from one of the boat ramps at these speedboat-friendly lakes. Be sure to check with parks and marinas…

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Junction City Wine Country

The northern stretch of the popular "Territorial Wine Trail" winds through the Lower Long Tom AVA in Junction City. This corner of the Willamette Valley's wine country is known for its scenic countryside and agricultural farmlands. Gentle rolling hills dotted with sheep and vineyards are framed by…

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Outside Summer Dining

Summer is the best time for outdoor dining. Pull up your seat under a shady umbrella or soak up the sun directly if that is more your style. Here is a list of our favorite restaurant patios for al fresco dining. Sidewalk Dining These urban restaurants provide the perfect seats for watching the world…

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Unique Lodging in Oregon

If you're looking to step outside of the ordinary and try something new, you need a getaway to one of these unique lodging options in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. This list of unusual and wonderful places to stay is sure to make you rethink what a hotel can be. The Eugene Dome Eugene…

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Explore Our Communities

Whale Watching at Sea Lion Caves
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Visit the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center in downtown Eugene. Find information on things to do and see in Lane County, purchase park passes and locally-made gifts and souvenirs, and…