Trip Ideas

Day Trips Near Eugene

Eugene combines its urban arts, entertainment and dining scene with abundant natural landscapes and outdoor activities. One advantage to visiting Eugene is its versatile location, only an hour from the gorgeous Oregon coast and an hour from the verdant Cascade mountains. From the city center…

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Road Trip: Oakridge

At 1,200 feet elevation, these mountain communities are starting to thaw in the spring weather. Put on your mud boots to scout the trails. Forests will be sporting a fresh veneer of green, rivers and creeks will be bursting and the birds will be singing! Spring is not the time for mountain biking…

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Road Trip: Florence

Driving out to Florence for a springtime getaway is an Oregon tradition. As the days get longer, it's a chance to take in fresh ocean air, feel the cold sand on your feet and relax with only the sound of the ocean waves to keep you company. While you'll want to be sure to pack plenty of layers to be…

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Road Trip: McKenzie River

As the snow melts and winter withdraws further up the mountainsides, scouting the McKenzie River for emerging wildlife and wildflowers makes an enticing road trip. Flush with a veneer of damp green across the slopes, Highway 126 winds north, paralleling the rushing springtime river. Fishing…

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Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

Escape into a delightful, undiscovered world of Willamette Valley farms, small towns and waterfall hikes. Start your trip on Highway 99 paralleling the Interstate 5 just south of Eugene. You will arrive shortly in the charming communities of Creswell and Cottage Grove and encounter alpacas, movie…

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A Bakery Road Trip

Indulge in the comforting smell of freshly baked bread along this bakery loop in the Willamette Valley. While gluten-friendly/free options may occasionally arise, this is a tour indulging in wheat. Eugene With so many amazing bakeries here... you might never leave the city limits, but to be a total…

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Road Trip: Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast draw road trippers and adventurers from all over to experience the beauty of miles of public coastline. Spend three days driving the scenic Highway 101 along coastal cliffs, through forests and sand dunes to get the most out of your trip to the Central Oregon Coast. Good for: solo…

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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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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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Interstate 5 Road Trip to Crater Lake

Following Interstate 5 (I-5) is an easy, year-round approach to Crater Lake. This pleasant drive through the southern end of the Willamette Valley and into the mountains includes small town sightseeing, historic landmarks, waterfalls and lakes. From Eugene, drive the Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor to…

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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…