Trip Ideas

Cottage Grove Area Waterfalls

The must-see highlights of the Cottage Grove area aren't only the covered bridges and the wineries, they're also the several waterfalls. I took two trips to visit most of them; each trip including three different waterfalls. To make the trips shorter, you can hike to just one or two at a time…

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Kids' Fishing Spots

Eugene is a great place to go fishing, if you live here, or if you are here for a day trip or for the week. There are tons of great ponds, lakes, canals, creeks, and rivers to head for. And there is a wide variety of bass, salmon, Steelhead, trout, Bluegill, Sunfish, etc. There is beautiful nature…

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TrackTown for Kids

At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, my family was taking a break at the fan festival when I suddenly realized we were sitting next to the legendary Frank Shorter, an Olympic gold medalist who was Steve Prefontaine’s training partner. Frank kindly signed my son Eli’s ticket…

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24 Hours in Oakridge and Westfir

Feeling the need for a sunny mountain hike, wanting to support a local tourism business without overspending, and wanting to follow the current safety guidelines led me to craft a perfect 24-hour outing that guarantees to recharge the soul. Leaving the Eugene-Springfield metro area on a Thursday…

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Top Celiac-Friendly Restaurants in Eugene

Visits to Eugene are always full of fun events and exciting experiences, but nobody wants to stop the fun to worry about making sure everyone can eat. Luckily, Eugene has several options for those of us who are sensitive to gluten – a restaurant for every meal and most dietary needs! Here are my…

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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…