Citizens of Eugene are environmentally aware people who love their coffee as well as their microbrew. Residents range from arch-conservative republicans to militant anarchists of the kind who were responsible for the WTO riots in Seattle. 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, thus the reason some people see this city as a "Hippie Mecca."
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.
Eugene Airport (IATA: EUG)  also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, is the area's regional airport serving Lane County, south end of the Willamette Valley, and the Central Oregon coast. The airport is located 11 miles (17.6 km) northwest of downtown off of OR-Hwy 99, outside of the city limits in a rural area. Major airlines serving Eugene are:
Allegiant: (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix-Mesa & Honolulu)
Skywest operating as Delta Connection: (Salt Lake City)
Skywest operating as United Express: (Denver, San Francisco)
To travel from the airport to downtown:
There is no direct public transportation service with Lane Transit District (LTD) from the airport into town. Best way would be to rent a car. Without a car a taxi or Omni Shuttle are the next best things to "public transit". Click here for a list of available car rental companies, taxi companies and other shuttle companies at the airport
Portland International Airport (IATA: PDX) is the next nearest airport for additional flights with additional airlines from other U.S. and international cities at more competitive fares. From there one can rent a car or catch a ride with Hut Airport Shuttle to get into Eugene.
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
From Interstate 5 (I-5) Eugene is accessed from exits #189 ("E 30th Ave South Eugene") through #195A ("Gateway Mall & Springfield")/#195B ("Florence & Oregon Coast") along I-5. To get to downtown, exit off at the Interstate 105 (I-105)/OR-Hwy 126 off ramp at Exit 194B (Exit 194A to go east on OR-126 to Springfield), just beyond Gateway Mall if going southbound. I-105 goes 4mi/6.4km west and ends at W 7th & Jefferson, west of downtown. Follow the signs towards downtown. Likewise you can exit from I-105 at Coburg Rd at Exit #2 and go south into Mill St & E Broadway in downtown. To get to the University of Oregon from the northbound lanes you can also exit off at "Franklin Blvd (OR-126)" at Exit #192. This exit is not accessible from the southbound lanes.
From US Hwy 101 in Florence simply go east on OR-Hwy 126 (9th Ave/Florence-Eugene Hwy in Florence). The same highway enters into town from the west as W 11th Ave
From Bend go north on US Hwy 20 to Sisters and west on OR-Hwy 242 (left on McKenzie Hwy during summers when the road is open). Go across the Sisters Mountains to the OR-Hwy 126 junction and go west on Hwy 126 to Springfield. The road enters into Springfield from the east as Main St. If Hwy 242 is closed due to snow accumulation in the mountains (from Sisters) continue northwards on US Hwy 20 to the junction with Hwy 126 or continue further to Sweet Home. From Sweet Home go west on OR-Hwy 228 to get Interstate 5 (I-5) (17mi south of Albany at Exit #216). Go south on I-5 to Eugene.
There's no central bus station or an intermodal station. Each bus company have their own designated stops at different parts of downtown Eugene.
Greyhound, 987 Pearl St (NE corner of Pearl & E 10th Ave), ☎ +1 541-344-6265, . Greyhound travels primarily on Interstate 5 (Portland, Woodburn, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Redding, Chico, Marysville, CA; & Sacramento) Passengers transfer buses in Portland, Sacramento, Corvallis (to Newport); and Medford (to Brookings, Crescent City & Klamath Falls) to get to additional cities. The High Desert Point (to Bend) and the Porter Stage Lines (to the coast) are the only two independent companies that pick up at the Greyhound station. See below. edit
Bolt Bus, Stops at E 5th Ave & High St (NE corner of the 5th St Public Market), ☎ +1-877-265-8287, . Eugene, Albany, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham & Vancouver, BC along the I-5/BC-99 corridor. Makes fewer stops along I-5 then Greyhoundedit
Diamond Express, PO Box 1080; Oakridge 97463, ☎ +1 541 782-1157, . Picks up at 11th & Willamette and in several places in downtown to go down to Oakridge along OR Hwy 58edit
High Desert Point (Oregon Point), 63032 Lower Meadow Dr, Suite #130; Bend 97701, ☎ + 541 382-4193, . goes east to Sisters & Bend along OR Hwy 126. They pick up & drop off at the Greyhound and Amtrak stations in downtown Eugene.edit
Hut Airport Shuttle, Phoenix Inn @ 850 Franklin Blvd, NW of the UO campus, ☎ +1 541 926-2525, . goes up to Portland International Airport via Corvallis, Albany, Salem & Woodburnedit
Porter Stage Lines, ☎ +1 541 269-7183, . goes west to the coastal towns of Reedsport, Florence and Coos Bay along OR-Hwy 126 and US Hwy 101. They pick up & drop off at the Greyhound and Amtrak stations in downtown Eugene.edit
Amtrak, 433 Willamette (up Willamette St from 5th Ave & Willamette in the north end of the downtown core), ☎ +1 541 687-1383, . Amtrak Cascades operates daily between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C. These Euro-style cars (by Talgo) are unique to the pacific northwest rail corridor. The northbound "Cascades" train originates in Eugene and are typically more reliable. The twice daily Coast Startlight makes the same stops as the Cascades between Seattle and Eugene (except Oregon City and Tukwila) on its route from Los Angeles to Seattle (and vice versa). The Coast Starlight stops in Chemult and Klamath Falls before crossing into California going south or before arriving into Eugene going north. Both trains accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. The northbound train originating from California is notoriously unreliable, commonly several hours late.edit
Bike - Eugene has an excellent system of bike routes , and has bike friendly streets, and its bike paths allow you to ride along rivers, mountain trails and through covered bridges.
Bicycle rentals are available from RENT A BIKE (541) 579-5552. They drop off and pick up their bicycles, and charge only $30 for 3 days, or $45 for 1 week.
Bus Lane Transit District (LTD)  3500 East 17th Avenue (800) 735-2900. $1.50 one-way or $3 for an all-day pass. Buses tend to run every half-hour. Extended LTD bus routes run east and west into more rural sections of Lane County.
Taxi Eugene Hybrid Taxi Cabs,  (541) 357-TAXI(8294). All hybrid fleet. Rate Schedule: Flag Drop $3, Per mile $2. Accepts VISA, Mastercard, & American Express
Taxi Oregon Taxi,  (541) 434-TAXI. You will need to schedule a pickup unless arriving at the airport. Rate Schedule: Flag Drop $4.75, Per mile $2.25. Accepts VISA, Mastercard, & American Express
Oregon Ducks — The teams representing the University of Oregon, competing in the Pacific-12 Conference, are Eugene's most famous contribution to the sports world. Ducks sports have benefited enormously from the financial support of Phil Knight, UO alum and head of Oregon-based sports equipment giant Nike. Currently, the highest-profile Oregon team is the football team, which rose to become a perennial national contender in the early 2000s and also (in)famous for its highly colorful and variable uniforms. Oregon also has am extremely rich tradition in track and field, with Hayward Field known for its enthusiastic fans; the city has become known as "Track Town USA" because of this. The main sporting venues (including Hayward Field) are all on campus. The football stadium, Autzen Stadium, is famous as one of the loudest and most intimidating venues in American sports. In 2011, the basketball teams moved to the new Matthew Knight Arena (nicknamed "Matt Arena"; named for Phil's son, who died in a scuba diving accident). Ducks baseball, revived in 2009 after nearly 30 years, plays at PK Park (not named for Knight), which is shared with the minor-league professional Eugene Emeralds.
Eugene Emeralds Baseball Minor League Baseball team with games during the summer. (PK Park, 2735 Leo Harris Pkwy)
Eugene Generals Hockey Minor league hockey team with games from October to February. (Lane Events Center / Fairgrounds - Ice Rink 796 W. 13th Avenue (541)682-3615)
Oregon Bach Festival, Held late June through mid-July. (Presented by the University or Oregon)
Hult Center for the Performing Arts Large performing arts center. West 7th Avenue & Willamette St, (800) 735-2900
WOW Hall Small concert hall featuring alternative performances. 291 W 8th Ave (541) 687-2746. Ask about work trade opportunities between 3:00 and 6:00PM Monday through Friday--maybe you'll get to see the show for free!
Hayward Field One of the best-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. Hayward Field has hosted three Olympic Trials, and a variety of National, NCAA, and Masters championships. University of Oregon
First or Last Friday Artwalk. Popular art walk in downtown with all the local galleries participating. Free
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History At the University of Oregon
Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, 540 Charnelton Street, ☎ (541) 465-1506, . Community theater with a diverse schedule. See website for current shows and times.$8 - $30. edit
Actors Cabaret of Eugene (ACE), 996 Willamette Street, ☎ (541) 683-4368, . Office hours Tues - Sat, 11AM - 3PM. Local dinner theater in downtown. See website for current shows and times$16 - $40. edit
Oregon Wine Tours Sunshine Limo Service and Wine Tours: 
Local tour operator, specializing in Willamette Valley wine tours. A safe way to enjoy wine tasting in comfort and style.
Eugene Skydivers, Hobby Field - Creswell OR (Take I-5 to exit #182 (Creswell). Turn east at the stop sign. Take the first left (Emerald Parkway). Take the first left AWAY from the supermarket (Melton Road). Follow that road to the very end — about 1 mile. Look for the signs reading Eugene Skydivers.), ☎ (866) 461-DIVE, . A local skydiving company with classes for all experience levels, from beginners to professionals. Located about 10 miles south of downtown Eugene. $17-$200. edit
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.
A large butte south of downtown. Head south on Willamette St about 1.5 miles past the post office. The trail head is easy to miss but is on the top of a crest in the road on the left hand side. There is a large parking lot with signs and restrooms. Trail to the summit is about 2 miles each way with about 700 feet of climbing. Trail is well marked until about 1/4 of a mile from the summit which requires a small amount of rock scrambling.
A small butte just north of downtown. Original site of Eugene Skinner's cabin after which the town is named. This butte offers an excellent view of Eugene, and the Cascade mountains to the east. This butte was also the site of a scene from the movie Animal House. To reach the butte, head north on Pearl St. until you pass the large retirement home on your left, turn left at the next street (in between 3rd St. and 2nd St., unmarked) and after 1/4 of a mile make a right (unmarked). To get there by foot, you can hike up a trail opposite the train station and next to a Victorian styled house. If the weather is nice, you can go rock climbing at the natural basalt columns on the butte, or hike on some trails near the peak.
Extensive set of hiking trails south of town. To find them, head south on Willamette St., one mile south of the post office, and shortly after 52nd street make a left at the trail head parking lot.
Eugene has several bark trails specifically for running. Amazon Trail is 1 mile long, and is located near South Eugene High School.
Rexius Trail is 3.5 miles long and is on Amazon Parkway, just south of Amazon Trail.
Pre's trail is ~4 miles long and is in Alton Baker park, just north of downtown off of Coburg Rd.
River Bank Trail
Paved bike path running along the north and south sides of the Willamette river. There are more pedestrian bridges in Eugene than there are vehicular bridges, you can see many of them from this trail. A good place to start the trail is Alton Baker Park, at 1820 Roosevelt Boulevard. You can sometimes rent bikes in the summer near the park's duck pond.
One of the biggest "hippie" gatherings. Tons of great food, great hand made products sold by local vendors, and live music to be had.
Lane County Fair, Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Avenue (Just west of downtown), ☎ (541) 682-4292, . An annual celebration held every August featuring food, music and other entertainment.$6-$9. edit
A multi-day community gathering, covering a city block of downtown. Features live music, street performers, vendors and a parade on the Sunday morning of the Celebration. Parade entrants represent the entire diverse Eugene community.
A three-day ceramics only show and sale featuring over 60 local artists. Clay Fest draws artists from all over Oregon. This is a great opportunity buy unique handmade pieces directly from the artists who make the work.
Gateway Mall, 3000 Gateway St, Springfield (NW of Harlow Rd & Gateway St. From I-5 it is accessed from the north at Beltline (OR-Hwy 569), at Exit #195), . Big shopping mall off of I-5 in Springfield and located very close to a lot of Eugene's student housing. Stores include Sears, Target, Kohl's, Big 5 Sporting Goods and two movie theaters. The Cinemark 17 theater shows new releases at regular price while the Movies 12 theater shows a little older movies for only $1.50. This is a great/inexpensive date idea if you live in the area. There are many smaller stores and beauty salons located within the mall. (Bus #12, EmX)edit
Oakway Center (2350 Oakmont Way), (NE of Oakway Rd & Coburg Rd. Off of Exit #2 from I-105), ☎ +1 541 485-4711. Upscale shopping center. Stores include Pottery Barn, Trader Joe's, Old Navy and many smaller stores and restaurants. (Bus #12 & 66 along Coburg Rd)edit
5th St Public Market, 296 E 5th Avenue (E 5th Ave & Pearl St), ☎ +1 541 484-0383, . Upscale Shopping center with mostly local stores and upscale dinning. (Bus #1 & 12 along Pearl and #67 along High St)edit
East 13th Street College and artistic oriented shops lined up along E 13th between Pearl and Kincaid (west of the UO campus). Highlights include the Bijou Arts Cinema (E 13th & Ferry) and La Perla pizzeria (E 13th & Pearl) (Bus #28,76,92,98).
Saturday Market & Eugene Farmers Market, 126 E 8th Ave (In a couple of park blocks south of 8th Ave & Oak), ☎ +1 541 686-8886, . Sat 10AM-5PM. A weekly market in a park featuring wares by 200+ local artisans, products by local farmers, food vendors in a food court setting and live music every Saturdays between April & November, rain or shine. Re-opens late November through December as the 'Holiday Market'edit
REI, 306 Lawrence St (3rd and Lawrence) (Just north of downtown past the RR tracks), ☎ (541) 465-1800, . 10AM- 9PM weekends 6PM. Offers sales and rental of outdoor gear. Can also offer advice on current conditions and sell needed parking passes. See website for classes that may be available.edit
Valley River Center, 293 Valley River Center (NW of the I-105 and Delta Hwy junction. Exit #1 off of I-105), . Largest shopping mall in the Eugene area with 2 main department stores, Macy's and JC Penney. The mall also has a Regal Cinemas and many smaller stores with apparel, sporting goods, jewelry, shoes, books, electronics and food. (Bus #67) edit
El Super Burrito, 2566 Willamette St. Very inexpensive and locally owned. El Super Burrito is the best burrito and taco you can get for your money in the city.$3-$8. edit
Cafe Yumm!, Five locations across Eugene, . Cafe Yumm!'s specialty is rice bowls with beans and salsa or other sauces. They also serve soup, salads, tempeh/tofu skewers, and sandwiches. $3-$8. edit
Hawaiian Time, Two locations: Bailey hill and Coburg Rd., . Serves quality pseudo-Hawaiian plate lunches and dinners with their "Special Sauce," along with a selection of Hawaiian beers.$5-$12. edit
Mezza Luna Pizzeria, 933 Pearl St., . Serves lunch and dinner, real NY style pizza, with a variety of meat and vegetarian choices, plus the option to create your own pizza from a large list of toppings.$3-$20. edit
Off The Waffle, 2540 Willamette St. - (541)515-6926, . Sunday-Thursday: 7a-7p, Friday-Saturday: 7a-11p. Serving authentic liege waffles with an amazing assortment of toppings, such as bacon, cardamom, garlic, fruit, and the list goes on and on. Also serves omelettes and they have some local microbrew on tap. The absolute best place for waffles in Eugene; nothing else even comes close.$3-$10. edit
SeQuential, 86714 McVay Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405, . Sunday-Friday: 6a-9p, Saturday-Sunday: 7a-9p. Serving fresh made sandwiches, coffee, bakery items, sweets, snacks, beer and much more. Visit our mini health food market and Cafe with drive-through window for coffee. We provide delicious and healthy food options on the go for omnivorous, herbivorous and diets of all kind. Come by to make a local, better and cleaner choice for your fuel.$3-$10. edit
The Pantry and Pub, 1810 Chambers Street, ☎ +1-541-343-0485. 8am-10pm daily. Diner meets pub, and serves freshly-cooked burger standards. Excellent fries. Friendly service. Good vegetarian options.Lunch $10. edit
Cafe Morocco 30 East Broadway (541-344-6948) a North African restaurant next door to the Sustainable Table and sharing the same management.
Cornucopia 295 W 17th Ave (541 485-2300) Fresh and local breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Eugene Coffee Company, 1840 Chambers Street (Across from Bi-Mart), ☎ +1-541-344-0002, . 7am-6pm. Neighbourhood coffee shop, with a richly-populated events board. A few scones and sandwiches. Excellent milkshakes. Drive-through service. Linger-friendly chairs. Free wifi.coffee $2-4. edit
Keystone Cafe, 395 W 5th Ave. - (541)342-2075, . Serves breakfast and lunch. An organic twist on traditional and nontraditional breakfast foods. Serves organic foods, with many vegetarian and vegan meal options offered. Keystone Cafe is known for their plate-sized pancakes, and many local artists feature their work on the walls of this amazing restaurant.$8-$20. edit
Marche Restaurant in the 5th Street Public Market (296 E 5th, 541-342-3612) Lunch or dinner
Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. 5th Ave, ☎ 541-485-4444, . 10:30AM - 10:30PM. A great place to get a steak. Dine in the romantic atmosphere of an historic railroad dining car. The main section of the Oregon Electric Station is the original depot built in 1912. $10 - $40. edit
Bruno's Chef's Kitchen 3443 Hilyard St. Hidden behind the Dairy Mart 541-687-2433  Price $25-$30 for a main course. A small, personal restaurant; Bruno changes the menu weekly, featuring local & seasonal ingredients.
Mazzi's, located in South Eugene off of East Amazon Rd, has the best Italian food in town. Prices are reasonable, considering the quality of the food; a typical dish is $12-18. Outstanding wine selection as well.
Lucky Noodle, located across from 5th St. Market. Asian cuisine with great atmosphere, delicious food and wine.
Red Agave, 454 Willamette St, ☎ 541-683-2206. Latin and Central American food. Great food with an intimate atmosphere. Consistently rated as one of Eugene's best restaurants. Appropriate dress is recommended $15-$50. edit
Eugene's bar scene is centered around Broadway and Olive St (the "barmuda triangle") in downtown. Expect crowds every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, especially during the school year when college students fill the streets.
High Street Brewery & Cafe, 1243 High St, 345-4905. National and local micro brews.
Belly (30 E Broadway, 541-344-6948) Eclectic bar with lots of character and fantastic food. Beer, wine and mixed drinks.
A number of craft brew "taphouses" and local breweries specialize in Oregon micro-brews and small batch beers.
Eugene City Brewery / Rogue 844 Olive St (541) 345-4155  Hours 12PM-10PM. Rogue Brewery Outpost for Eugene serving both good food and Locally brewed beer.
The Bier Stein 1591 Willamette St  The Bier Stein is a connoisseur beer store located in Eugene, Oregon home of the largest beer selection south of Portland and north of San Francisco.
16 Tons Taphouse and Cafe Taphouse at 265 E 13th, Cafe at 2864 Willamette St  Bottle shop and cafe have over a dozen taps at one time, mostly small batch beer, local, national, or international, not available in bottle.
First National Taphouse 51 w. Broadway  The First National Taphouse has a wide range of local beer on tap, priced based on the amount remaining in each tap.
Ninkasi Brewing 272 Van Buren Street  Brewery with tasting room and outdoor patio.
Oakshire Brewing Public House 207 Madison St  Oaskshire Brewing Public House features several small batch and single barrel brews in addition to their permanent brews.
Falling Sky Brewing 1334 Oak Alley  Brewery with kitchen, connected to their home brewer supply shop.
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.
Iris Vineyard Specializes in producing small quantities of quality, hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Iris Hill has been dedicated to growing high quality fruit through sustainable viticultural practices.
King Estate The 1,033 acre certified organic Estate includes 250 acres of certified vineyards, grapevine grafting and propogation, nursery, orchards and garden. A visitor center and market place are open to the public.
The Oregon Wine Warehouse Tour Oregon's wine country in Downtown Eugene. Offering wine from over 150 Oregon wineries, wine tasting flights, food and more. Shipping is available nationwide.
The Eugene Hotel, whose large sign is a prominent feature of Eugene's skyline, is actually a retirement community.
Rodeway Inn Eugene Oregon Hotel (Eugene Oregon Hotel), 1055 West 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR, US,97402, . Conveniently located within walking distance to several restaurants and the train station, the Rodeway Inn® in Eugene, OR offers easy access to the Hult Center for Performing Arts and George E. Owen Memorial Rose Garden. This Eugene, Oregon hotel is also close to the University of Oregon, outdoor activities like biking and golfing.edit
Phoenix Inn Suites, 850 Franklin Blvd, Tel: +1 541 344-0001. . All suite accommodations with complimentary breakfast buffet, high speed internet, and 24 hr. business center
Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Reservations: +1 800 543-8266, Phone" +1 541 743-1000, . A resort-style hotel and conference center, located along the quiet banks of the Willamette River. Open since 1973.
Hilton 66 East 6th Ave (541) 342-2000  Standard Hilton quality located adjacent to Hult center and convention center in downtown.
Comfort Suites Eugene, 3060 East 25th Ave, Tel: +1 541 343-7000. . Comfort Suites offers superb lodging in Eugene, OR, including daily complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and free high-speed wireless. Two miles from The University of Oregon.
Oregon Coast 1 hour. Cities include Florence,OR and Yachats, OR. Eat at Mo's in Florence, take a hike en route at Kentucky Falls and hit the Hobbit trail just north of Florence. Some of the largest coastal Sand Dunes are south of Florence with various tour companies and quad rentals available on the highway south of Florence.
Cape Perpetua Interpretive Nature Center (on coast north of Yachats)
McKenzie River 15 min - 3 hours. Take Hwy 126 east which runs along River corridor into mountains. Various waterfalls and fishing spots abound.
Rafting Guided or self guided rafting trips are available through Oregon River Sports  (541)334-0696, along the Mckenzie River or Alton Baker Park. Eight person raft is currently $95 dollars a day including all needed equipment. Hourly rental in the park is currently $10 and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum South Est of town at "LCC" exit on I5
McCredie Hot Springs on the right just past mile-marker 45 on highway 58.
Blair Lake and Meditation Pool (Wall Creek), take highway 58 to Oakridge, left on Union St, right on 1st, ten miles or so to a left turn on Forest Service Road 1934. Meditation Pool is on your left after about 3/4 mile (trailhead, about 1/3 mile walk to the pool), Blair lake is all the way at the top. Be sure to detour near the top when you see a road going off to the left marked by a trail marker (picture of two people hiking) for a spectacular view. Blair lake has campsites and hiking, Meditation Pool is a warm spring.
Willamette Pass Popular skiing area 69 miles east of Eugene on Hwy 58. Summer activities include gondola rides to the summit, Mtn biking, disc golf and hiking. Shuttle service to Willamette Pass available every day they are open. Departs from Dick's Sporting Goods, located at the Delta Oaks Shopping Center in Eugene. Departs at 7:15AM and returns approximately at 5:45PM
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