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 – from ex-hippie activists to eco-green anarchists to upscale entrepreneurs to 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.
Eugene destination guides
San Francisco to Seattle
From the undulating roads of San Francisco, travel through Eugene and visit Mt St Helens volcano. Get active rafting, biking and hiking (or shopping) in Bend before hitting up the hippest cafes and restaurants in quirky Seattle.
West Coast USA Journey
Discover the laidback, outdoorsy charm of the USA’s west coast. This trip gives you a rich taste of life in the more relaxed lane, taking you through the hotspots of beachy California through to bohemian Portland and grungy, artsy Seattle. Soak up the warm, surfy vibes of LA and the welcoming artistic air of San Francisco.