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.

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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Ride in the McKenzie River Mountains

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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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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Oregon Duck Football Watch Parties

When the University of Oregon Ducks have an away game, or when you don't have tickets to Autzen Stadium but still want to cheer on the team — catch the spirit at one of these popular and fun places for watching the Duck game. Across the country, you can also connect with other Oregon fans at…

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Guide To Old Town Florence Shopping

One of the finest collections of boutique shops along the Oregon Coast is found in Historic Old Town Florence. A stroll along Bay Street offers the traditional taffy and t-shirt shops along with unexpected specialty stores including a store dedicated to olives, one jam-packed with kites and another…

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A Day at Fern Ridge Reservoir

Plan a day at the lake! Fern Ridge Reservoir is the region's largest lake with a diverse shoreline offering wetlands, marine moorings, campgrounds and parks. Just north of Veneta and west of Eugene, this vast water playground is perfect for sailing, waterskiing, standup paddle boarding, canoeing…

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Guide to Oregon's Brilliant Fall Leaves

Oregon is a great fall destination for enjoying changing leaf color. Autumn is cool and crisp, but still sparkles with many sunshine-filled days. The striking reds, oranges and yellows pop against a deep green backdrop of the evergreen Douglas fir (Oregon's state tree), giant sequoias and ponderosa…

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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…