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Go-To Adventures Through Oregon's Eugene, Cascades & Coast Area

Published: June 21, 2017

Get ready to explore Oregon! In this adventure-driven destination, find yourself hiking to spectacular waterfalls or endless public beaches, kayaking white water or ocean estuaries, cycling through wine country or on Oregon's best trails. And while you're here, don't miss the premier culinary bounty that awaits.


Pre's Trail in Eugene by Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Where urban trails are uncrowded, the performing arts unbounded and the eateries uncommon. Walk or run along the river, find peace in the forest, or take in the view from the top of a butte. Then catch a show at one of many unique venues. From fine dining to food carts, the focus is fresh and local. Go Eugene!


Plank Town Brewery

Where river paths are picturesque, public art is plentiful and craft beer beckons. Cycle or saunter along the Willamette River. Tour outdoor art and murals. Poke around Main Street's boutique shops. See familiar sites from “The Simpsons” TV show. Go Springfield!

Oregon Coast

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Where craggy bluffs give way to beautiful beaches and enchanted forests. Explore coastal lakes, sand dunes and tide pools. Hike to historic Heceta Head Lighthouse or visit the world’s largest sea lion cave. Chase the waves. Fly a kite. Watch the sun set. Go Oregon Coast!


Dune Buggy Ride

Where the dune buggies are fast and fun. Take a wild and scenic ride. Grab a sandboard and carve your way through North America’s largest coastal dunes. Go clamming or crabbing. Stroll along the boardwalk. Shop local boutiques. Go Florence!

Cottage Grove

Cycling Cottage Grove

Where local history is as long as the bike paths. Pedal or walk through six historic covered bridges. Amble along Bohemia Mountain in search of wildflowers. Tour more than 20 outdoor murals. Then settle into small-town Americana and grab a bite to eat. Go Cottage Grove!

Junction City

Grapes at Pfeiffer Vineyard

Where agriculture and viticulture is the culture, and small-town events make you feel right at home. Cruise the back roads. Go wine tasting. Swing a golf club overlooking valley vineyards. Buy grains, produce and meat straight from the farm. Learn about beekeeping or sample some honey. Go Junction City!

McKenzie River

Fishing the McKenzie River

Where the waterfalls and rapids will quicken your heart and leave you breathless. Hike the magnificent McKenzie River Trail. Scout waterfalls and old growth forests. Fish from the shore, or cast a line from a legendary McKenzie River Drift Boat. Go McKenzie River!


Salt Creek Falls in Oakridge by Katie McGuigan

Where you’ll find miles of single track without lots of people. Bring your bike or rent one; there’s a trail for everyone. After your downhill ride, swap stories and battle scars over a pint. See Oregon’s second-highest single-drop waterfall, then hike or camp at nearby Waldo Lake. Go Oakridge!

Author: Stephen Hoshaw

Stephen Hoshaw is the Senior Director of Tourism for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Stephen has been working in PR and marketing for over six years, focusing in retail, technology, hospitality, and food & beverage industry sectors.

Stephen grew up in Lane County and was excited to bring his family back to the Eugene area after living in Portland. A major craft beer enthusiast, Stephen also enjoys woodworking, photography, tennis, and exploring the outdoors.