52 Adventures to Try This Year
A new year is a new opportunity to live life like you mean it. We've collected the 52 best adventures in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region - one for every week of the year. Many of these are free and close to home.Salt Creek Sno-Park in winter by Melanie Griffin
1. Snowshoe to an icy winter waterfall.
2. Soak in a mineral-rich hot spring.
3. Participate in a virtual Oregon Truffle Festival and taste some wild Oregon truffles at home.
4. Get a thrill tubing or sledding at the Salt Creek Sno-Park.
5. Catch a sunrise over Eugene at Skinner Butte.
6. Visit barking sea lions in the largest mainland sea cave.
7. Cycle the Cottage Grove Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.
8. Find your favorite local craft beers on the Eugene Ale Trail.
9. Spend the night at the keepers' house beneath a century-old lighthouse.
10. Explore wine country during Oregon Wine Month.Clear Lake Boating by Melanie Griffin
11. Tour famous filming locations for movies like "Stand By Me" and "Animal House".
12. Hike the Amanda Trail and contemplate the history of the land and the people who've called this place home.
13. Discover art in downtown Eugene that's only visible when it rains.
14. Touch the Pacific Crest Trail at one of the trailheads.
15. See eleven waterfalls on one easy hike at Sweet Creek.
16. Buy some tie-dye at the Saturday Market.
17. Take a wildflower hike on Wild Iris Ridge.
18. Stay at Westfir Lodge and experience guided "forest bathing" for relaxing nature therapy.
19. Paddle over a petrified forest at Clear Lake.
20. Wander through hazelnut orchards at Dorris Ranch.Upper Trestle Creek Falls, Cottage Grove by Melanie Griffin
21. Experience rich, local flavors on the South Willamette Valley Food Trail.
22. Charge the rapids on the Wild & Scenic McKenzie River.
23. Cruise the top trails in Oakridge, "The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest".
25. Walk behind a waterfall.
26. Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean with smores on the beach at Driftwood Shores.
27. Spend a summer day swimming and sliding at the Lake Creek Rock Slides.
28. Check out the only park dedicated to carnivorous plants at the Darlingtonia State Natural Site.
29. Visit the Dee Wright Observatory for great views from a lava rock fort.
30. Roar over 500-foot sandhills on a dune buggy.Florence Horseback Riding by Jacob Pace
31. Learn to fly-fish from a pro and catch your dinner.
32. Explore tide pools at low tide.
33. Find the swing at Mount Pisgah and have a picnic there.
34. Horseback ride on the beach at sunset.
35. Float the McKenzie River in the iconic drift boat designed for the river.
36. Sleep in a yurt on the coast at Honeyman State Park.
37. See Oregon's second tallest waterfall. Bonus points for capturing the entire waterfall in a single photo.
38. Go birdwatching at Fern Ridge.
39. Gain a new hobby sandboarding on the Oregon Coast.
40. Drive the Aufderheide for the best fall foliage.Running Pre's Trail by Melanie Griffin
41. Run in the footsteps of track legend Steve Prefontaine.
42. Learn American history while hiking Constitution Grove in the Cascades.
43. Visit some of the regions' most haunted places... if you dare.
44. Practice your underwater photography skills in one of the purest and clearest lakes in the world.
45. Learn some Indigenous phrases for the landscape you call home at the Kalapuya Talking Stones.
46. Do a self-guided tour of twenty-one international murals in Eugene.
47. Look out over the coastline at the tallest point on the coast accessible by car at Cape Perpetua Overlook.
48. See what remains of an old gold mining ghost town high in the Cascade Mountains.
49. Visit the official Simpsons mural in the "real" Springfield.
50. Wander in a holiday light wonderland and enjoy a traditional German-style Christmas Market with an overnight at The Village Green.
52. Go whale watching on the Oregon Coast.