Ready for a getaway? Come and stay in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region for the ultimate Oregon experience. Enjoy uncrowded recreation, the arts, and fine food; from the coast to wine country, from the city to the mountains.
Stay and Dine in the South Willamette Valley
Stay in Eugene, where you can pick from an array of culinary experiences, from farm-to-fork restaurants to savory food trucks adjacent to urban breweries. Follow the Eugene Ale Trail and browse the weekly farmers' markets held in downtown Eugene.
Adventure out and follow the South Willamette Wine Trail through the beautiful wine country of the Willamette Valley, best seen along Territorial Highway. Stop at a tasting room to sample world-famous Oregon Pinot Noirs and soak up views of sprawling hills and valleys. Pack a picnic and cozy up on a couch by a fire in winter, or spread out a blanket to soak up the sunshine in the summer months.
A big attraction is the University of Oregon campus, just minutes from downtown. Visit Hayward Field, the college's track and field stadium, and host to the Olympic Trials in 2021, and soon the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. An extensive exhibit pays tribute to the regions' track and field stars at Hayward Hall, open to the public. While on campus, stop at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History and see the world's oldest pair of shoes, right in Nike's hometown!
Relax in the Cascades Mountains
Begin on Main Street in Springfield to fuel up for your short drive into the mountains. Start with the Together Anywhere App to explore the McKenzie River region with a guided tour. Make a stop at the Leaburg Fish Hatchery, the largest trout hatchery on the West Coast. Then head out for the photogenic Goodpasture Covered Bridge, which crosses the McKenzie River just east of Leaburg.
Stay on Highway 126 until you reach Sahalie Falls. This picturesque waterfall is easily accessible right off the highway, but as parking can be crowded, try your luck at the Koosah Falls' parking lot, with an earlier turnout, and hike to Sahalie along the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail.
Next, turn back down the mountain toward Belknap Hot Springs Resort for a soothing soak or a swim. The warm, naturally spring-fed pools are family-friendly and open to all (entrance starts at $8). This is also a great place for a picnic lunch.
Back on Highway 126, try Obsidian Grill or Takoda's Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Both locations are great spots to refuel before returning to your hotel, B&B, or campground. Ike's Lakeside Pizza, further down the river and closer to Springfield is also a great dinner stop—especially for The Simpsons' fans interested in seeing an amazing collection of Simpson momentos.
For more mountain biking adventures, head south to Oakridge, known as the mountain biking capital of the Northwest. Magnificent hikes to waterfalls and along river paths are plentiful in Oakridge and Westfir, so bring your hiking boots!
See Classic Oregon Coastal Sights
The Florence area is just an hour from Eugene and promises exhilarating coastal experiences from dune buggy rides to sea lion viewing.
Start in Historic Old Town Florence, where you can amble along the boardwalk, browse the boutiques, and enjoy the many local eateries.
After lunch, head North along Hwy 101. Travel the scenic highway for about 13 miles until you reach the Sea Lion Caves. Take an elevator down to America's largest sea cave and year-round home of the Steller sea lions!
Only two miles further north is the one-hundred-year-old Heceta Head Lighthouse. Admire the lighthouse from the parking lot or climb a half-mile path to the lighthouse itself. Continue your adventure back on Hwy 101 heading north 12 miles to Cape Perpetua. Here are breathtaking views of tidepools, churns, spouting horns, and the majestic Oregon Coast. Take one of the multiple short trails from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center down to Thor's Well, or up to Devil's Churn Information Center. You can also view Thor's Well from the highway at the Cook's Chasm Viewpoint.
Ready to plan your adventure? Learn about these trip ideas, fun road trips, and more at EugeneCascadesCoast.org!