Trip Ideas

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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Favorite Mexican Restaurants

Mexican cuisine is wonderful comfort food, reminding me of being with family, holding celebrations, or enjoying the company of friends. Eugene - Springfield offers many restaurants – seriously, so many – for great Mexican food. There are some national and regional chains, Americanized spots and…

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Spectacular Summer Waterfalls

Summer brings the promise of endless days spent in some of the most beautiful outdoor places in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon. Waterfall hikes are one of our favorite ways to celebrate the return of summer! Here’s our list of the best waterfalls for road trippers, history enthusiasts…

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Top Things to Do in Summer

Summer in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is a glorious time of year. From Oregon's sun-streaked beaches to the cool Cascades, nature invites you outside. The weather ranges from hot and balmy to comfortably cool. Daylight stretches out, starting early with rosy hues in the east and concluding…

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Outdoor Things to Do in Lowell

Between Eugene and Oakridge is an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Pleasant Hill and Lowell are the small communities between these two larger destinations — they are set against a backdrop of state parks, forests, reservoirs and campgrounds. Instead of cruising by on Highway 58…

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Top Things to Do When Visiting UO Campus

If you are visiting the University of Oregon campus to tour the school, visit a student, cheer on sports, attend a lecture or make a presentation, plan to see as much as possible and enjoy your time! The campus is a thriving hub of activity from University events to nearby nature trails. Stroll or…

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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 springing up alongside country roads and across…

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Guide to Local Trees & Forest Bathing

Oregon is known for its lumber industry, wood products and preserved and protected old growth forests. Our communities have a logging heritage, tree-hugging hearts and tree planting spirits! If you desire a little "forest bathing", here is a tree-focused guide to Eugene - Springfield, and the…

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6 International Vacations That Are Actually In Oregon

Dreaming of a trip to France's wine country or Norway's legendary waterfalls? Until you take that international trip you've been dreaming about, here are some ideas to get a taste of the world right here in Oregon. Whistler — Oakridge Snow sports in the winter and mountain biking in the summer…

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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…