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Top Things to Do This Spring

Published: March 15, 2021


It feels good to get outside! Spring brings clear and sunny weather mixed with clouds and rain – and the occasional warm, sunny days that hint at the glorious summer that will come. March, April and May are a wonderful time to explore the region's natural and agricultural landscapes. 

We've compiled suggestions for things to do this spring, along with popular springtime blogs.

Spring Road Trips

Cruise the back country roads to see spring casting its misty green veil across the local farms. Follow the South Willamette Valley Food Trail to see where the region's food is locally sourced. Along the way, discover freshly baked bread made from grain milled in Junction City, and honey gathered from bees feasting on our local wildflowers. Book a weekend getaway in wine country, in the mountains or on the coast — wherever your wheels roll!

Oregon Coast Play

Just an hour west of Eugene, the Oregon Coast awaits with the promise of wide-open beaches, salty breezes and dramatic vistas. 

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Spring Hiking & Outdoor Adventures

Notice the spring in your step as you venture out to the region's hiking trails, bike paths or golf courses. Nature is waking up everywhere, which makes spring birding particularly rewarding. Fern Ridge Reservoir is a popular birding destination, with a diversity of habitat from marsh to grasslands to woodlands. So is Oakridge, up in the mountains.

Western Grebe with babies by Elisabeth Lake
Western Grebe with Babies by Elisabeth Lake


From coastal lakes to rushing rivers in the Cascade Mountains, springtime fishing is promising. The shallow waters are warming up, insects are hatching, weather conditions are gentler on anglers and the fish are on the move. Cast out your line for trout, Spring Chinook and Steelhead. Local outfitters can provide gear, instruction and even take you to their favorite spots.

If you are driving along the coastal highway, keep a look out over the ocean because the whales are migrating. This is the prime season for whale watching from scenic coastal viewpoints. Pack along a picnic!

Keep On Running

We haven't let the pandemic slow us down. Everyday you can see locals out on the footpaths running, and while track meets and marathons may look different now, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities for daily exercise. Sign up for a favorite marathon or 5K that is now offered virtually. 

TrackTown Fans

The U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field will be held here in June, followed next year by the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Come marvel at the new Hayward Field stadium's innovative design and see what all the buzz is all about.

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Spring Holidays & Event Happenings

Delightful reasons to celebrate pop up all season long — from Mother's Day to Memorial Day. Keep tabs on joyful occasions with new ideas and inspirations. Create new traditions and find new ways to enjoy your favorite activities. 

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April Showers...

It may be occasionally wet out there, but that has never stopped anyone from Oregon from enjoying this amazing place. All you need is the right layers, dry socks and a positive outlook.

... Bring May Flowers

Discover spring wildflowers! The Willamette Valley is lush and green, blessed with budding flowers in area wetlands, parks and forests. Look for local flowering favorites including daffodils (the first bloom beginning in March), rhododendrons, cherry blossoms, wild iris and camas. As warmer months continue, flowering trees and plants burst into bloom at higher elevations. By mid-summer, mountain hikes will also include bright bursts of color.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.