Eugene Travel Guide

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Eugene Things to Do

  • Skinner Butte Park

    While not vast, Skinner Butte Park has 100 acres of forest, playground, trails, climbing walls and various other features that make it seem far larger than it actually is. The primary feature of the park is a small hill that sits approximately 200 feet above the majority of downtown Eugene, and there are not many hills directly around it. Thus,...

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  • Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System

    Running for approximately 8 miles along the banks of the Willamette River, the trail system is mostly well developed and very popular. The vast majority of the pathways are paved. Several sections of the pathways are near loud traffic, but for the most part this pathway system runs through areas that are fairly quiet. The pathways are well marked,...

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  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

    It is difficult to explain this museum completely, as it may have as many as eight or ten special visiting or otherwise short term exhibitions going at the same time, as well as its permanent collection. There are also usually an assortment of masterworks on loan. The permanent collection includes American, Japanese, Korean, European, and other...

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  • Museum of Natural and Cultural History

    Playing host to a number of short term exhibits, as well as its own collection of local and international artifacts, this museum has the state's best collection of geology and archeology related material. The most recent major addition to the collection occurred around 2014, when the Jensen Arctic Collection, formerly housed in a small museum at...

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  • Skinner Butte Park

    While not vast, Skinner Butte Park has 100 acres of forest, playground, trails, climbing walls and various other features that make it seem far larger than it actually is.The primary feature of the park is a small hill that sits approximately 200 feet above the majority of downtown Eugene, and there are not many hills directly around it. Thus, the...

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  • Owens Rose Garden

    This small rose garden is just west of Interstate 105. While this means it does have some traffic noise, the noise isn't as bad as it might be due to a few trees that help block the noise (though it is a shame that so much traffic is so close to such a nice park).As the name implies, this is primarily the home of roses, but the park also has a...

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  • Oregon Electric Station

    Eugene was once served by two railroad companies. The largest presence in town was the Southern Pacific, and today their old yard to the northwest of town is still a huge presence here. While the ancestor of Southern Pacific arrived in the 1870s, an upstart arrived in the 1910s. This was the Oregon Electric Railway. As the name implies, their main...

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  • Asian Inspired and Entirely Vegetarian

    This is a small storefront towards the center of Eugene's downtown area. The food is mostly Asian inspired and you do get a fortune cookie after the meal. However, the food is not necessarily pure Chinese or any other Asian cuisine. There is a lunch specials menu here that has a fair number of reasonably priced items.

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  • Higher End Restaurant near the Train...

    Eugene was once served by two railroad companies. The largest presence in town was the Southern Pacific, and today their old yard to the northwest of town is still a huge presence here.While the ancestor of Southern Pacific arrived in the 1870s, an upstart arrived in the 1910s. This was the Oregon Electric Railway. As the name implies, their main...

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  • A convenient place to "rinse"...

    This is the main bar in the Hilton Hotel & Conference complex.Even though I was not staying in the hotel, I was made very welcome. The barman was especially helpful with area advice.So meet, greet and "rinse" a few Oregon Pinot Noirs down the hatch. You'll meet locals and tourists at this very social gathering spot! Business casual.

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  • All aboard for Whiskey and Beer

    A local institution with lots of bric-a-brac of Eugene railroad and Nike-wearing runners' glories past. The best selection of spirits in town- especially their vast wall of single-malt whiskeys.Friendly service at the bar, too. Casual.

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  • Whether Day or Night...

    This is local Eugene at its best. A really terrific experience. Situated in a Spanish Mission style building designed by the U of O's first Dean of Architecture.I watched a Woody Allen Film and have not laughed so hard in a long time.***Make sure to buy a T-shirt and support this local treasure*** Casual.

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Eugene Transportation

  • EmX: Emerald Express, Bus Rapid Transit

    One of the oldest bus rapid transit projects in the northwest operates between Eugene and its sister city of Springfield to the east. The project gives the buses off-board payment (that is, payment from a ticket machine at the platform rather than as you board), platforms and shelters, and dedicated bus lanes.The improvements on this route created...

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  • Lane Transit District: Bus Services...

    Lane Transit District operates the public bus service that serves Eugene and the surrounding areas. Most of those services connect Eugene to the University of Oregon and to Springfield on the other side of the river. However, limited service runs as far away as Junction City, Veneta, McKenzie Bridge, Cottage Grove and other small communities that...

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  • Amtrak Train and Bus Connections

    Eugene has several Amtrak trains through it every day, as well as a number of buses that are ticketed from the Amtrak web site to provide additional connections, especially for trains that arrive in Portland.The Amtrak station is slightly north of the main downtown area. It is located very close to Skinner Butte, between Skinner Butte and...

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  • Eugene Government Offices

    Again, one more option to flee the rain, get your car parked at the postal office, hang out in your truck, write post cards until your permanent wet hair gets dry. And most of all keep smiling. Btw, this Eugene Postal Office is the most structered and cleanest one I have ever seen. Friendly clerks too.

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  • Live my life in Walmart fashion, says A....

    And really, if you think about it from the point of view of the customer, you do want a wide assortment of good quality merchandise, the lowest possible prices, guaranteed satisfaction with what you buy, friendly, knowledgeable service, convenient hours, free parking, a pleasant shopping experience. In fact, that is one gets there at Walmart. And...

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  • Organic Wine & "green" production

    King Estate began in 1991 on a 600 acre parcel near southwest of Eugene near Lorane, Oregon. It is now over 1,033 acres with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,100 feet and is the areas largest certified organic estate.The magnificent winery, which reflects the architectural tradition of a French chateau, encompasses approximately 110,000 square feet...

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Eugene Local Customs

  • Jogging, Running, Track and Prefontaine

    The 1970s era "running boom", when jogging suddenly became quite a bit more popular in the USA than it had been previously, can partly be traced to events in Eugene.Specifically, those events revolve around Steve Prefontaine arriving from Coos Bay at the University of Oregon in 1969. He and a few other track and field athletes that became popular...

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  • Where were the tie dyes...?

    I had been forewarned by many that Eugene was the "crunchiest" place on earth. More than one person told me to pack those proverbial tie dies for a blast back to the Summer of 68.What I found were highly motivated students, dressed in their Duck Store best, darting to-and-fro mulit-million dollar buildings focused on their GPA and future careers!...

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  • It's not just a game but (almost) a...

    Wow...school spirit is very high at U of O. These are students who love their football- especially during a winning season.I have yet to see if Ivy League schools show that kind of enthusiasm for their home teams.Make sure to book far ahead for game weekend as the hotels, motels and even B & B's can sell-out completely.

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Eugene Warnings and Dangers

  • Mostly Harmless Homeless Population

    Please don't be surprised at the substantial number of homeless people in Eugene. It has been this way for a very long time. Springfield and Eugene lack significant resources to really provide for the needs for the homeless population, which unfortunately means they wind up stuck on the streets. There are estimates of about 3,000 homeless in...

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  • U of O Art Museum closed for expansion

    The University of Oregon Museum of Art is closed for an expansion project that will double the area of the museum by winter of 2004. The Museum when open has an amazing collection of art from Japan, China, and Southeast Asia as well as travelling exhibits. It was easy for me to spend a half of a day here before - soon I'll have to book a full day.

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  • Beware the dishonest taxi driver...

    Upon arriving at the Amtrak Station, I approached a driver if I might share a cab with the person ahead of me. He took me past my hotel (when I mentioned to him he just ignored me) and dropped the lady off a medium distance away. He then re-started the meter and brought me back to my hotel which probably coasted about 20% more than it should have....

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Eugene What to Pack

  • Dress for comfort

    Best to wear rubber-soled shoes since this is a very walkable town.Dressing in layers in moderate layers is recommended. Essential to have a rain hat or hooded parka.Overall, Fall type weather. rarely cold and no humidity- perfect!

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  • Rain gear

    After many trips to Eugene, I would say that rain gear is not necessary for summer trips. Eugene seems to have a drought every summer. But in the winter, you'd better bring rubber boots if you intend to do any walking at all. Not only are there puddles and pools everywhere, but the ground is very very muddy.

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  • T-shirts in summer and winter

    not many, just depending on how long you stay t-shirts and jeans and sandals are fine in summer, in winter too just very few heavy clothes in case of a sudden ``freezing``. ``Hippie-style`` not disregarded! Watever you think you might need. Eugene is also equipped with natural medicine stores.

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Eugene Off The Beaten Path

  • Best Dressed Creatures in Eugene City...

    These eccentric creatures are just north of Skinner Butte, between Skinner Butte and the Willamette River, and slightly east of the Riverplay Discovery Village. They have an odd 1950s / 1960s era modernism to their architectural form, and they were in fact made in 1958. This is the flat part of Skinner Butte Park.The plaque on the whale says...

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  • Riverplay Discovery Village

    Located in part of Skinner Butte Park that is along the Willamette River, the Riverplay Discovery Village is a playground themed after nearby historic structures. The playground equipment may look familiar at first blush, but special attachments have turned part of it into a forest theme, while much of the rest has been turned into a pioneer...

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  • Knickerbocker Pedestrian / Bike Bridge

    Located just west of the Interstate 5 bridge, the Knickerbocker Bridge represents the farthest east reach of the pedestrian and bike trail loop system. The trails on the north and south bank of the river continue a short distance from here, but there are no additional bridges to connect the two without going onto city streets.The bridge is fairly...

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Eugene Sports & Outdoors

  • Home of the American Running Gods

    Hayward field was the original University of Oregon all purpose sports field. After the completion of Autzen Stadium for football Hayward Field was used exclusively for Track and Field events. Eugene is one of the few towns in America where Track and Field events are a major draw. You can also feel the spirit of numerous distance running legends...

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  • Fishing in Oregon

    This is my Nephew. He just turned two but he already knows how to say "Fish on!" This is a good sign that he will grow up a proper Oregon boy. Fishing in Oregon is great. I have caught such a wide variety in Oregon that it is amazing. From the standard Rainbow Trout, to Kokanee, Coho Salmon, Crappie, Small Mouth Bass, and Dolly Vardens.If you plan...

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  • DUCK FOOTBALL!!!

    Over the course of 4 years at the U of O I became hopelessly attached to Oregon Football. The Oregon Ducks are one of the best teams in the PAC10 conference. OK, so they're not all that impressive this year, but they have 10 consecutive winning seasons under Coach Mike Belotti and are working on making this number 11. Autzen Stadium is the loudest...

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  • Blessed Be!

    May the gods and goddesses bless you on all of your travels. Remember to be thankful for all that you have and do something good for someone every day.Pueda a los dioses y diosas le bendicen en todos sus viajes. Recuerde de estar agradecido para todo que usted tiene y hace algo bueno para alguien cada día. Possa os deuses e deusas abençoam-no em...

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  • Green, Green, Green

    This place is almost too green. This is the view of a park in Eugene before the cops violently pull you down from the tree. Eugene is full of lush, beautiful parks.

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  • The University of Oregon Campus

    I came out to Eugene to visit one of my outstanding former students, a fellow named James. He moved out there from Detroit to work, and is now attending attending grad school. It's a very attractive campus - I can understand why so many people want to stay.

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