Full of youthful energy, liberal politics, alternative lifestylers and with a fun-loving atmosphere, eclectic Eugene is a vibrant stop along your I-5 travels. Also known as 'Tracktown,' the city is famous for its track-and-field champions – Nike was born here, after all. And while Eugene maintains a working-class base in timber and manufacturing, some of the state's most unconventional citizens live here as well – ex-hippie activists, eco-green anarchists, upscale entrepreneurs and high-tech heads.
Eugene offers a great art scene, exceptionally fine restaurants, boisterous festivals, miles of riverside paths and several lovely parks. Its location at the confluence of the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, just west of the Cascades, means plenty of outdoor recreation in the area – especially around the McKenzie River region, Three Sisters Wilderness and Willamette Pass.
Sixty miles to the west is the Oregon coast, easily accessible via pretty Hwy 126. The city is also at the south end of the Willamette Valley, which boasts several world-class wineries. Eugene is an awesome place, for both energetic visitors and those lucky enough to settle here.