There are many different sides to Eugene, where athletic culture, creative makers and the beautiful outdoors converge. Whether you’re here for an elite track and field event or just want a taste of the craft-beer scene you’ve been hearing about, you’ll want to put these iconic experiences on your list to explore.
Follow the Ale Trail
With everything from sour ales to barrel-aged stouts, the new downtown location of Alesong Brewing & Blending at the 5th Street Public Market is reason to celebrate. Taste through a flight paired with cheese, charcuterie and small bites on the cozy rooftop patio. It’s just one of the nearly two dozen stops along the Eugene Ale Trail.
Find Farm to Table
Scrumptious chocolate croissants, decadent macarons, fresh-baked baguette sandwiches and countless other sweet and savory treats await behind the magical glass counter at Noisette Pastry Kitchen in downtown Eugene. The Black-owned business is part of the city’s vibrant and eclectic dining scene.
Find delight around every turn with a handful of new and iconic local businesses—including Pfeiffer Winery, Euphoria, Café Yumm, Nike and more — at the newly expanded 5th Street Public Market, anchoring the historic Market District in the heart of the city. Linger with a latte or lunch at the ample courtyard seating. And explore the new glass covered walkway filled with shops, food and a Makers’ Row area, where emerging artists provide fun, interactive experiences.
Ride the Riverfront
One of the easiest and most scenic ways to get out and explore comfortably on two wheels is along the 12-mile Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System, a network of paved trails that follows the Willamette River’s edge and winds through open spaces and parks and over five pedestrian/bike bridges, with scenic views. The trails connect the cities of Eugene and Springfield and are busy with people on bike and foot during the summer but less crowded and just as scenic during the cooler months.