Trip Ideas

Must-See Eugene

Here's our starter kit for first-time Eugene visitors; these ten spots will give you just ataste of all the arts, outdoors and farm-to-table food and drink experiences that await you here…

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Best Beer Gardens for Summer

In the heat of summer, sip a cold craft beer in a cheerful beer garden. Here are a few favorite brewery patios for enjoying the local craft beer scene outside. For more great breweries and pubs, follow the Eugene Ale Trail to get a full experience of the region's top breweries. Obsidian Grill in…

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How to Road Trip to Florence Without a Car

Get away to the Oregon Coast, only sixty miles west of Eugene. Even if you don't have a car, you can still make this journey out to Historic Old Town Florence and the coastal beaches. In Florence, there is great shopping, gaming, sightseeing, hiking and dining. And don't you want to put your feet in…

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How to Road Trip to McKenzie River Without a Car

McKenzie River is the ideal destination for fishing, river rafting, hiking or sightseeing. The beautiful McKenzie River gorge has stunning river views, two historic covered bridges, hot springs and old growth forest. Due to a wildfire in late 2020, some stretches show scarring, but new, green life…

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A Family Guide to Summer Vacation

Time to plan the best family vacation ever! Discover new hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, serene camping spots, and find out what's around the next bend in the road. This summer, slow down and take it all in — the birds singing, the bugs crawling and the flowers blooming. Or speed up and charge the…

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Oregon Wine Country in All Seasons

When is the best time to visit Oregon Wine Country? Each season brings something new: the golden vines of fall slowly fade into cozy tasting rooms during Cellar Season, while spring wildflowers eventually turn to summer concerts and picnics. Here's our guide to each season on the South Willamette…

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Guide to Florence's Best Beaches

Let's go fly a kite — or build a sand castle! Oregon's wide open beaches are the perfect places for kite flying and constructing sand art. In fact, there is a perfect beach for just about every summer adventure. Here are some helpful tips on what you need for a fun-filled day with the family near…

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Discover Nearby Wilderness Wonders

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, a landmark conservation bill that protects nearly 110 million acres from coast to coast. The Wilderness Act defined “wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people…

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Five Easy Hikes to Do With Kids

Hiking with kids can be unpredictable. A strong start might turn into a painfully slow finish, dissolving into mud, muck and tears. A path that's family friendly – gentle terrain, interesting sights and flexible trail segments so you can shorten or lengthen your hike depending on the prevailing mood…

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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…