Beautiful scenery, amazing woodlands, lakes, rain and Oregon Ducks, these are the attractions of a single state named Oregon. Oregon is located in the Pacific northwest of United States, bordered by Pacific Ocean. Oregon is a special place for visiting and if you are there then Eugene must be your first destination which is the 2nd largest city of the state. It is also the county seat of Lane County and a hugely popular visiting spot. You are going to be immensely amazed by the dynamic beauty of this city with great architectural buildings, coasts, universities and colleges, events, festivals, parks, great culture, sustainable living, supportive people and much more. Eugene was just a community of 500 to 600 people in 1858 with a few stores, one restaurant, two hotels and some professional people. It was given its name in 1862 when it got incorporated as a city and first election for city council was held in 1865.
The climate of Eugene city is a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and not so cold winters. The temperature varies from 30 F to 80 F around the year and goes pretty high during June to September as its the warmest period. From November to February, cold season prevails and December is the coldest month. Rainfall is not very common but the city witnesses heavy rain sometimes. The best time to visit Eugene is between March and July when the weather remains pleasant mostly.
How to get here?
The Eugene Airport is just 15 minutes from the downtown and receives direct flights from 11 major cities. It is the second largest airport in Oregon and generates more than 800,000 trips every year. You can also find short and long term parking easily here. Outside airport, there are more than enough means of transport to take you to city center. You can get around the city easily by shuttles, Lane Transit District (LTD) bus service, trams, Rental Cabs and limos.
Accommodation and Food
Depending on your period of stay, you can easily find a number of hotels, motels, hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, lodges, resorts, retreats and even camping in Eugene at affordable prices. You will get some amazing suites at Comfort Suites, located at Springfield OR, with meeting room, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and access to nearby restaurants, shopping and movie theaters. Other good options include Hilton Garden Inn at Gateway Street, Phoenix Inn suites at Franklin Boulevard, Courtyard by Marriott at Hutton Street, Valley River Inn at Valley River Way, Holiday Express Hotel at Hutton Street, Hilton Eugene at Sixth Avenue, Residence Inn by Marriott at Club Road and famous Augusta House at the Bowmont.
You will find a great mixture of taste, affordable dining and international selection in food here. From firing pizzas to great seafood, from Italian to Mexican, from Indian to Continental, from American to North Eastern, you are going to find every taste in great range of restaurants here. One of the most recommended is Restobar at Bay Street which offers great organic meats and hand made sausages. At Tons Cafe, you will get some best beers and wines in town and some delicious Panini Sandwiches and pasta dishes at Amici- a Contemporary Italian Cuisine. Other good options include Anatolia, Bagel Sphere, the Bay Restaurant & Lounge, Belly Taqueria and many others.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is a famous art center located at Eugene Center and known for organizing tourist shows, local events, concerts, exhibitions and much more. It was opened in 1982 and was adopted as a part of City’s Library, Recreation & Cultural Services Department. There is a glass lobby, Silva Concert Hall with a capacity of 2448 visitors, Soreng Theater with 498 seats, amazing Jacobs Gallery and others.
The Hult Center offers a great variety of performances and educational programs for children also. You can also take a full tour of the center and witness some great treasures of arts like paintings, masks, tiles, statues, sculptures and much more. It also has some restaurants, bars and cafes where you can have some rich wine tastings and delicious food.
Alton Baker Park
The Alton Baker Park is city’s largest recreational public area located at Day Island Road in Eugene. This is such a great spot for biking, river floats, picnics, running and duck feeding. It was constructed in 1959 and consists of more than 400 acres of fields, trails and plains. The nature lovers will definitely love this place as it is very naturally blessed and a great place for experiencing nature. Some events are also held here like Eugene Rotary Duck Race.
Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center is a wildlife hospital and birds care center located on Fox Hollow Road in Eugene. It is home of 60 birds of 33 species which include Corvids, Eagles, Falcons, hawks, owls, Saker Falcon, Osprey, Turkey Vulture and White Tailed Kite. The Raptor Center has a rehabilitation department for orphaned, sick and birds of prey with highly standardized medical treatment.
Hayward Field is one of the most famous track and field stadium in world, located at 15th Avenue in Eugene. It has hosted three consecutive US Olympic trials in 1972, 1976 and 1980. It was constructed for football in 1919 and the track was installed in the stadium two years later. The stadium has a seating capacity of 10500 fans with permanent lights, a video board and new infield.
Other attractions of Eugene include Jordan Schinitzer Museum of Art, Mount Pisgah, Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, McDonald Theatre and many others.