Trip Ideas

How To Get To The Snow

If you want to have a day or two to play in the snow this winter, the Cascade Mountains are calling! Just an hour from downtown Eugene, there are several options for making the most of a snowy adventure. Here are a few of our favorite ways to play in the snow. Take a Shuttle Bus to the Ski Resorts…

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Free Things to Do with Kids

Plan a family vacation on a budget by enjoying these free things to do in Eugene and across the region. Enhance your family's travel plans with free admission to museums and events, outdoor recreation, and tips on activities that are low cost attractions. Explore TrackTown USA and learn about…

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Splashy Spring Waterfalls

Snowmelt and springtime showers swell rivers and reservoirs, making this the best season for dramatic waterfall viewing. The big, spectacular waterfalls are even bigger, while smaller "springtime-only" waterfalls can be spotted roadside or along damp hiking trails. Spring is a glorious time to go…

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A Room with a View

Connect with the beauty of Oregon by checking into a hotel room with stunning views. One of the best things about the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is how the area's urban places flow naturally into valleys, woodlands, mountains and coastlines. Here are a few standout hotels with views to get you…

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Road Trip: Oakridge

At 1,200 feet elevation, these mountain communities are starting to thaw in the spring weather. Put on your mud boots to scout the trails. Forests will be sporting a fresh veneer of green, rivers and creeks will be bursting and the birds will be singing! Spring is not the time for mountain biking…

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A Relaxing McKenzie River Retreat

This is hibernation time — when cold weather promotes relaxing indoors. Indulge in your favorite warm drinks, cuddling up by the fireplace and taking an afternoon nap. Grab your comfortable flannels, wool socks and a parka and head into the Cascade Mountains for a cozy getaway. How to Relax in…

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Oakridge in Spring

As the snow starts to melt in the Cascades, springtime in Oakridge is invigorating with its lush greenery, rushing creeks and frisky wildlife. This is your destination for amazing birding, fishing and waterfalls! While the towns of Oakridge and Westfir are likely to be snow-free, be prepared for…

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Road Trip: Florence

Driving out to Florence for a springtime getaway is an Oregon tradition. As the days get longer, it's a chance to take in fresh ocean air, feel the cold sand on your feet and relax with only the sound of the ocean waves to keep you company. While you'll want to be sure to pack plenty of layers to be…

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Plan a Spring Break Road Trip

You've got a week off, a car, some gas money and hopefully good spring weather. It's time to go exploring! Remember before hitting the open road to check off our adventure checklist so that you'll be ready for whatever spring weather rolls in and whatever fabulous adventures you encounter. Here are…

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Road Trip: McKenzie River

As the snow melts and winter withdraws further up the mountainsides, scouting the McKenzie River for emerging wildlife and wildflowers makes an enticing road trip. Flush with a veneer of damp green across the slopes, Highway 126 winds north, paralleling the rushing springtime river. Fishing…

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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…