Eugene

Eugene (pop. ~160,000) is a city in Oregon at the southern (upper) end of the Willamette Valley near the confluence of the Mckenzie and Willamette rivers. It is best known for being the home of the University of Oregon.

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Understand

Citizens of Eugene are environmentally aware people who love their coffee as well as their microbrews. Residents range from arch-conservative republicans to militant anarchists. However, overall the population is typical Pacific Northwest, i.e., leaning toward a greater degree of social responsibility, respect for nature, and diminished consumerism. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, aka "The Fighting Ducks." Eugene was the second home to the rock band, The Grateful Dead, and author Ken Kesey, a U of O grad, lived in nearby Springfield, leading some to see this city as a "hippie Mecca."

Along with neighboring Springfield and surrounding towns, Eugene forms part of the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area.

Saturday Market has been continuously in operation since 1970, rain or shine and claims to be the oldest open-air market of its type in the United States.

Get in

By air

Eugene Airport (IATA: EUG), also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, handles flights from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Major carriers include United Express, America West Express, Horizon Air and Skywest. It's a few miles out of town, and the public bus does not service it, so you'll have to hire a cab, shuttle, or rent a car.

By train

Amtrak serves Eugene with the Cascade service and operate daily between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C. These Euro-style cars are unique to the pacific northwest rail corridor. The Coast Startlight services Eugene and other West Coast cities on its route from Southern California to Seattle. Both trains accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Trains originating from California are notoriously unreliable, commonly several hours late. There is a northbound train that originates in Eugene, the "Cascades" train that is typically much more reliable.

By car

Travel time by destination and route: -Portland, OR (I5) 2 hours, -Seattle, WA (I5) 5 hours, -Medford, OR (I5) 3 hours, -San Francisco, CA (I5) 9 hours, -Florence, OR (Hwy 126) 1 hour, -Bend, OR (Hwy 126) 3-4 hours.

By bus

Greyhound has a fully staffed bus station downtown, close to the Train station and to the LTD (Lane Transit District) local buses. Buses run north/south along I-5, and east. Local companies working in association with Greyhound and Amtrak run buses to coastal towns including Newport, Florence and Coos Bay.

BoltBus connects Eugene to Albany, Portland, and Seattle. The bus stop is on E 5th St and High St on the north side of the 5th Street Public Market.

Get around

  • Bicycle rentals are available from RENT A BIKE +1 541 579-5552. They drop off and pick up their bicycles, and charge only $30 for 3 days, or $45 for 1 week.

See

Do

Local tour operator, specializing in Willamette Valley wine tours. A safe way to enjoy wine tasting in comfort and style.

Outdoors

Eugene is a great city for outdoors enthusiasts and cyclists alike. There are many well-maintained hiking trails, plus bike lanes are present on most major roads.

Events

Eugene Weekly is a good source for 'what's happening' in the area.

Learn

Buy

Shopping Centers

Eat

There are food carts/trucks scattered all over the city, especially near bars.

Go blackberry picking at one of Eugene's many ridiculously out of control wild blackberry patches.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Groceries

Drink

Bars

Eugene's main bar scene is centered around Broadway and Olive St (the "barmuda triangle") in downtown. Alternatives can be found in the Whiteaker neighborhood (Blair Blvd), which is experiencing a brewery renaissance of sorts, and around the UO campus. Expect crowds every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, especially during the school year when college students fill the streets.

Breweries

Eugene has a thriving brewery scene, largely located in the Whiteaker neighborhood, northwest of downtown.

Coffeeshops & Teahouses

Eugene has an excellent variety of coffeeshops.

Wineries

The wineries of the Willamette Valley pride themselves in offering a relaxing and inviting experience for guests from downtown Eugene tasting rooms to vast countryside vineyards.

Connect

Eugene Public Library 10th & Olive, downtown across from the LTD bus station.

Knight Library 15th & Kincaid, on the UO campus. Oregon's biggest library, named after "Uncle Phil"

Sleep

The Eugene Hotel, whose large sign is a prominent feature of Eugene's skyline, is actually a retirement community.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Routes through Eugene

Portland Albany  N  S  Creswell Medford
Splits into and  N  S  Creswell Medford
Portland Albany  N  S  merges onto
Portland Corvallis  N  S  merges onto
Florence Veneta  W  E  Sisters Prineville
Portland Albany  N  S  END


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