Trip Ideas

Rainy Day Hikes

Hiking in the rain is an invigorating Oregon experience. All you need are some good hiking boots for puddles, a steady step (it can be slippery on the trails), a water bottle (always) and a rain jacket with a hood. See our Adventure Checklist for more hiking tips. Once you are out in the rain, on a…

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On Stage For the Holidays

Get in the seasonal spirit with some festive entertainment! For theholidays go see traditional favorites like the Eugene Ballet's "The Nutcracker", or tap into merriment with spoofs like "O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy". Enhance your evening out with dinner or dessert (or both!) before the show, and a holiday lights tour after. From caroling choirs to contemporary plays, celebrate all your favorite things…

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Best Vegan / Vegetarian Dining

If you check HappyCow before traveling anywhere, this blog is for you. If you have no idea what that is but you have vegan guests coming to Eugene, this is also for you! Here is a list of the best plant-based options in the city, written by a picky herbivore. Some of these restaurants are entirely…

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Best Bets For Colorful Fall Hikes

Autumn is a glorious time of year across Oregon, and it can be stunning in and around Eugene - Springfield. Looking for colorful leaves that crunch underfoot and brighten up the brisk days with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows? We've compiled a list of some of the best leafy spots for fall frolics…

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Five Top Spots to Take Fall Family Photos

It's that time of year for family photos and portrait sessions! Whether you're pulling together photos for a holiday card, documenting couplehood, a new baby or an important milestone or just want to share updated images on your professional or personal social media accounts, here are some of the…

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"Animal House" Movie History

National Lampoon's irreverent and slapstick comedy "Animal House" was filmed in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region in the late 70s. Today, this both hilarious and present-day politically-incorrect movie has become a cultural centerpiece in Eugene. Singing "Shout" is a beloved football tradition…

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Fall Foliage Road Trips

Autumn is a wonderful season for road trips—scenic views are swathed in golden hues, colorful leaves frame roadways, the air is crisp and bursting with woodsy scents, and roadside farm stands are bursting with squash, pumpkins, apples and the last of the summer crops…

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A Fall Football Weekend in Eugene

Take your trip to Eugene for the Ducks football game to the next level by turning it into a weekend of fall fun and games! With cooler temperatures and fall color spreading across the state, it's a great time to enjoy what Oregon has to offer in the fall…

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Ride in McKenzie River

The McKenzie River region is a surprisingly robust mountain biking destination — and especially stunning in the fall when the autumn leaves are changing. While nearby Oakridge often gets the glory for their miles of maintained mountain biking trails, the McKenzie River's reputation is built on…

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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…