The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region lies at the center of western Oregon, stretching from the central Oregon Coast through the Willamette Valley, to the McKenzie River and Cascades Mountains. The area’s natural wonders make it ideal for sightseers and adventure enthusiasts.
The area’s largest city, Eugene, is known as TrackTown, USA with historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, is the birthplace of the Nike shoe and more than 100 miles of running and cycling trails on diverse terrain. Visitors can enjoy nationally-celebrated musical, dance and theatrical performances in large-scale entertainment venues and local theaters. The Willamette River winds through the city and offers abundant opportunities to stroll through paths at riverfront parks.
With 50 historic Covered Bridges in Oregon, see 20 of them are in Lane County. Tour seven of these bridges in Cottage Grove with a step-on guide in period costume for an in depth history of timber and mining industries in the area, just 30 minutes south of Eugene.
Tour more than a dozen award-winning wineries tucked in the scenic rolling landscape of Oregon Wine Country. From boutique wineries to grand tasting rooms, each vineyard in the South Willamette Valley has its own distinct flavor and personality. Learn about the Willamette Valley’s famed Pinot nor with a Pinot Clinic at Pfeiffer Winery, or hear how champagne is made with a Bubbly 101 session at Domaine Meriwether. Personalized tours are available.
Beer aficionados will appreciate the variety of craft brews from international selections to small batch brews poured in the Eugene’s bars, bottleshops & growler stations, breweries and beer gardens. Find Ninkasi and three other breweries in The Whiteaker neighborhood, aka ‘the Whit’.
Explore the largest coastal dunes in North America on a thrilling dune buggy ride, then travel just a few miles to walk through a coastal rainforest. The region is also home to America’s largest sea cave, the Sea Lion Caves are located just north of Florence on the All-American Road Hwy 101. Drive this dramatic section of the Oregon Coastline and stop for photo opportunities at Heceta Head Lighthouse and Cape Perpetua, or see it all from above on a helicopter or bi-plane ride. Stroll along Bay Street’s shops and cafés in Old Town Florence.
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