The beginning of Nike Shoes. The Oregon Ducks. Track legend Steve Prefontaine. With such an illustrious history tied to football and track, it’s hard not to think of the amazing sports stories when someone mentions Eugene..but there’s just so much more to this college town. This is also a city renowned for its natural beauty (Eugene itself is an ... Read more
urban forest) and full of recreational activities. The University of Oregon doubles as an arboretum and just a mile away is Hendricks Park, a 78 acre mature forest filled with winding trails for your morning run or afternoon stroll. Love to bike? Laced with bike trails that run by beautiful locations like Amazon Creek and Williamette River, Eugene has a population that regularly commutes by bicycle 365 days a year rain or shine. Impressive considering it rains consistently from November to May. Not surprisingly, Eugene was named the “5th most bike-friendly city in America” by Bicycling magazine in 2010. In what seems to be a direct contradiction to the long sporting tradition in the city, Eugene also has a sizable “alternative” and “hippie” population. Be sure to check out the Eugene Saturday Market, where everything sold in this open air festival is handcrafted with care.
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When they think of Oregon, most people picture grey skies and rain. But though the western part of the state stays cool and moist, east of the Cascades is dry and arid. In the summer, the Willamette Valley can ... Read more
get downright hot, sometimes reaching over 90 (32). Coastal areas are much more mild in the summer (and often get a break from the rain), which makes it the most popular time to visit. Book ahead if you’re traveling over the summer, and pack a jacket since wet weather is unpredictable year-round. By October, the rain picks up again and stays through July, driving down hotel rates. But despite the rain, Oregon is gorgeous year-round: spring brings bursts of sunshine and flower festivals, while fall brings colorful foliage.

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Local from Eugene, Oregon

Eugene is an eclectic mix of old and new. Home of the Country Fair it is the last hippy festival of music and optional clothing. It is also home to the University of Oregon and the Ducks football team. You can hike, shop, sip craft beer, explore Friday Art walks and shop at the famous Saturday Market for fresh veggies, arts and crafts. Tie-dye clothing can be found in abundance at the market along with live music.

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Came to Eugene for 2 weeks to relax. Friendly people, good food and beer. Moderate weather and every one seems to be an artist or at least who they want to be. You know Eugene as the home of the Hippy bit it is much more. Love the gardens at every single home.

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Pukalani, Hawaii, USA

University of Oregon dominates the town (in a good way). Yes there is much to enjoy in the way of sporting events (football, track, hoops, etc.). There are also wonderful summer festivals. Great new lodging options around 5th St market. Microbrews and other eateries have stepped up their game. All framed by a beautiful river which has great running/biking/walking trails.

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Santander, Spain

A beautiful town surrounded by endless National Parks...but really, where in Oregon can't you find a National Park. I like Eugene as a stopping point if you're traveling through or down the state. Take your time to look around and enjoy what there is to offer.

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SF Bay Area, Western US

Eugene is a college town and the home of the University of Oregon Ducks. So there are a lot of things you might find in other similar college towns, such as more apartments that your typical suburb, more cheap restaurants and drinking establishments near campus, and services for students. But Eugene is a nice community in it's own right, and personally I like college towns because there is usually a lot of energy and new generations with ideas and tastes that keep things moving forward.

PS - being a Cal alum, I hate the Ducks!

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Santa Cruz, California

Great place to live, Springfield which is next to Eugene, has a few big indoor malls that you can walk durning the summer and winter, they do have four seasons there.

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San Jose, California, USA
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Eugene is alright, it's a little more than a college town but not that much more. Surprisingly, a lot of people live there after college (not sure why). You can stay for a night, but after that you might get bored.

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Tabb, Virginia, USA

I was the only black person for miles... Haha but the city is truly Gods country!

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Toronto, Ontario

Quiet and beautiful, a sport for everyone

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Springfield, Oregon

Great place to be!

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