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.

Santa, Holiday Selfies & Photo Opportunities

Santa is out and about this year! Here are some of the top photo spots to snap a holiday card picture. 1. Santa at Valley River Center Santa sightings at Valley River Center are reliable and offered every day throughout December until Christmas Eve. However, reservations are recommended for this…

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Road Trip: Wineries & Covered Bridges

Explore the low rolling hills and family farm lands surrounding Eugene on a charming road trip across Oregon's South Willamette Valley. Along the country roads discover historic covered bridges and intimate wine tasting rooms open for "cellar season". Territorial Wine Tour (Day One) Meander through…

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Heceta Head Lighthouse Shines Year-round

This is a lighthouse for all seasons! An Instagram-worthy lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is a year-round attraction for visitors traveling Highway 101. Close to Florence, the Oregon dunes and the famous Sea Lion Caves, the lighthouse is a must-visit site. Here you can…

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A Winter Weekend on the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is a magical place in the winter. A winter weekend on the coast might involve powerful ocean storms that make for a very dramatic show of high crashing waves best enjoyed from beside a warm fire with a glass of wine or warm, sunny days perfect for a tranquil hike through coastal…

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Want To Cut Your Own Tree For the Holiday?

Celebrate the holiday season by chopping down your own tree! This is a challenging yet rewarding day-trip that you can do with the whole family. Before heading out, purchase your tree cutting permit and map online or at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center in downtown Eugene. The permit…

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Top Eugene Toy Stores

It doesn't need to be giant like FAO Schwarz for an enchanting toyland shopping experience. In fact, the charm of smaller "mom and pop" toy shops in Eugene and Springfield can make for some pretty magical memories. If you are looking for a hard-to-find, collectable, or just much-desired and ideal…

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Road Trip: Cascade Mountains

Drive up into the Cascade Mountains on this beautiful and leisurely road trip. Want to breathe fresh mountain air? Hear birds chirp and water rush over mossy rocks? Sometimes you need three days in the mountains to reset. For a little forest bathing getaway, follow our suggested road trip with a…

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It’s Raining. What To Do With The Kids?

Eugene is an active outdoor town and most of the time we don’t notice a few sprinkles. But sometimes a downpour can get you down, especially when the kids are bouncing off the walls. Here are a few rainy-day destinations worth exploring: Malls are Not Just For Shopping For families seeking room to…

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Guide to Dungeness Crab on the Oregon Coast

When you visit the Oregon Coast, enjoying a feast of Oregon's delicious Dungeness crabs is a must! Here is what you need to know all about eating or catching crab in Florence. Crab Dinners Dungeness crab specials pop to the top of menus at local restaurants through the winter and spring months when…

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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…