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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 · EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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Frequently Asked Questions

WEATHER

Does it really rain all the time?

It's not as rainy as our reputation. Do travel with a lightweight hooded jacket because rain showers could happen in any season. However, there are many clear days throughout the year and across the region. Often gray days in the Willamette Valley mean sunshine on the Oregon Coast or Cascades and vice versa. The most rain is November through March, but the temperatures are mild. Locals are outside year-round and aren't deterred by the moisture.

SHORT VISITS 

I only have a few hours in Eugene, what should I do?

Browse downtown Eugene around the Fifth Street Public Market. If you are here on a Saturday, April through mid-November, pop by the colorful Saturday Market held at the downtown park blocks. Drive to the top of Skinner Butte for a beautiful overview of Eugene. Behind you is the Willamette River and directly below is downtown Eugene. Look for Willamette Street running south to Spencer Butte. Note the University of Oregon to the southeast. If you have the time, delve deeper with a visit to the University of Oregon campus. Check out the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Duck Store or enjoy a self-guided walking tour of UO's buildings, trees and artwork.

OREGON COAST 

How long does it take to get to the Coast from Eugene?

Florence on the Oregon Coast is just 61 miles (98.2 km) from Eugene on Highway 126. Travelers should plan on an hour and fifteen minutes depending on weather and road conditions. The drive is beautiful with hikes, waterfalls and covered bridge excursions along the way. Stop in the little town of Mapleton for warm gingerbread.

Is there public transportation from Eugene to Florence?

Here is your best option at this time: Porter Stage Line offers service from Eugene to Florence and then on to Coos Bay. Drop off is the north end of Florence. Due to the bus schedule, you will have at least one overnight in Florence before a return trip back. There is no service on Saturdays.

Once in Florence there is the Rhody Express, providing limited service Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. within town. Their routes do not go to the beach. Bicycles 101 and Guitars offers bike rentals with helmets and locks for $25 a day. They are open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Lighthouse Inn can also assist guests in arranging bike rentals.

I have a day to spend in Florence, what should I do?

Lucky you! Visit Heceta Head Lighthouse and take a guided tour to the top. Descend into the Sea Lion Caves. Explore the sand dunes by dune buggy or sandboard. Ramble the boardwalk in Historic Old Town Florence on the banks of the Siuslaw River. There are many great restaurants here.

FAMILY 

I'm traveling with young kids, what activities are recommended?

Popular kid-friendly attractions in the Willamette Valley include animal viewing where kids can see giant birds of prey, alpacas and sea lions. Explore museums like the Science Factory or the Museum of Natural and Cultural History which have delightful interactive displays for children. Romp at community parks and pools, including an indoor wave pool.

SHOPPING 

I'm shopping for Oregon souvenirs, where can I find local items?

Find locally-made gift items like beer, wine, logo-wear, UO gear and postcards here

I'm in Eugene and the grocery store charged me for a bag?

Within the City of Eugene there is a ban on single-use carryout plastic bags - this includes grocery stores, department stores, drug stores and clothing stores. Either invest in a reusable shopping bag, usually available at most large grocery stores, or purchase a recycled paper bag at the check out.

Is there sales tax in Oregon?

No, Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax. So have fun shopping!

RECREATION

Where can I see waterfalls?

From Eugene - Springfield there is a waterfall in every direction. Our seven favorite falls are consistent year-round and fairly easy to see, and two are wheelchair accessible.

Where can I camp for free?

Dispersed camping is permissible on some USDA Forest Service lands including sections of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and the Willamette National Forest. All campers are urged to adhere to Leave No Trace standards.

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

I heard it is legal to smoke pot. Where can I buy or smoke weed?

Yes, Oregon voters approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, however; there are important laws around cannabis transfer and use. You must be 21 years or older and using in public is illegal. Buying and selling marijuana is only legal in licensed retail shops. Please "educate before you recreate."

RELOCATION 

I'm thinking of moving here. Can you tell me about the neighborhoods?

While neighborhoods may offer different features, you'll discover that our Eugene - Springfield communities are well-connected with bike paths and excellent public transportation. We recommend you work with a real estate professional to identify your price range and show you available housing.