Trip Ideas

Taj Morgan, Director of Content Strategy
Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.

Oregon Sand Dunes Getaway

Grab the weekend and head for Oregon's stunning coastline just outside of Florence, Oregon. Here is the start of massive sand dunes that transform the landscape into an endless playground. From admiring the sheer beauty of the rolling sand drifts, to trying out daring and exciting sand sports, to…

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A Metro Experience Getaway

Escape to the excitement and pizazz of a metro environment bustling with shopping, entertainment, great restaurants, and lots to see and do! Eugene-Springfield's urban centers offer performing arts, high-end shopping and the latest culinary attractions balanced with quiet, sunny courtyards; downtown…

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Spring Wildflowers

Wildflowers are one of the many splendid delights of springtime. As you trek gloriously muddy hiking trails to gushing waterfalls, keep a look out for the region's beautiful blooms. Wildflower Season The wildflower season is heralded by wild daffodils as they spring up alongside country roads and…

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Train Trip!

Need an excuse to ride the train to Eugene? Amtrak Cascades runs from Vancouver, B.C. to the Eugene Depot with stops at many northwest cities including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Salem and Albany. Plan a quick trip with at least one overnight. Check the current time schedule, as train times are…

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Meet the McKenzie River Communities

McKenzie River is comprised of eight small towns spread out every six to ten miles (10 - 16 km) along the old stage coach route. Watch for the town signs or you might drive right past! Many of the residents here have grown up on the McKenzie River and are passionate guides, anglers and historians…

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Plan Your Garden

It's that time of year to start bringing your yard to life — from flowers to trees, from veggies to fruit. The Willamette Valley is a bountiful destination for gardeners seeking heritage seeds and plants, tools, supplies, and tips from master gardeners. Our many small farms and vineyards paired…

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Simple Summer Pleasures - Baseball at PK Park

Warm spring and summer evenings pair perfectly with baseball. Eugene is home to the Eugene Emeralds, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the San Fransisco Giants, that plays at the University of Oregon's PK Park. Plan a two-day vacation to Eugene and catch an Emeralds baseball game along…

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Fishing the McKenzie River

Fishing on the McKenzie River is a glorious experience. Twenty-two native fish and more than seven non-native fish swim this ultra pure, spring-fed river. The McKenzie River is also one of the most stocked rivers in Oregon with trout from the Leaburg Fish Hatchery and spring chinook salmon from…

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Best Spring Gardens

Springtime gardens are full of green sprouts, buds and sweet surprises. As we eagerly await for flowers to bloom and skies to stay clear blue, we can still find joy in puddle jumping through these local treasures. We've tramped around public parks, natural landscapes and preserves, wineries, lodging…

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7 Cool Things About Springfield, OR

Springfield is a great family destination with a historic downtown, excellent restaurants, shopping centers and lots of parks. We invite you to discover the robust attractions of Springfield. It's a pretty cool place. 1. It's The Simpsons' Springfield — Matt Groening Says So The creator of The…

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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…