Must-See Oregon Adventures In and Around Eugene

In the heart of the South Willamette Valley, Eugene and Springfield make the perfect nearby getaway for the change of scenery you’ve been craving. Come for outdoor adventures and stay for indulgent comforts in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Whether touring by bike seat, river raft or dune buggy, pair the day’s exhilaration with evening rejuvenation.

Tour Wine Country

Cycle the scenic roads of Oregon’s wine country along the South Willamette Valley Wine Trail. Estate tasting rooms dot the gentle rolling landscape, clustered with vineyards and small family farms. Reward yourself after the ride with a glass of the region’s famed and fabulous Pinot Noir. Or, for all the enjoyment within easy walking distance, visit the many urban winery tasting rooms in downtown Eugene and the Market District.

McKenzie River Retreats

Go with a guide on an exciting whitewater rafting trip on the pristine McKenzie River. Play a round of golf at Tokatee Golf Club. Hike along the banks of the riverfront trail for stunning waterfall views and serene forest bathing. Though this area experienced unprecedented wildfires in 2020, many businesses are ready to welcome you back. Show them your support by stopping for lunch at Obsidian Grill, Ike’s Pizza or other roadside eateries. Pair vigorous adventure with a deep soak in the hot springs.

Oakridge Explorations

Discover Oakridge and Westfir, small mountain towns nestled along Highway 58 in the Cascades. Trek out to Salt Creek Falls, one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Oregon.  Pack a picnic and take in the view from the accessible platform near the top while you enjoy your snacks. This is the land of mountain bikers, so go with a guide on some epic downhill trails or roll along the scenic Aufderheide. Conclude your day with a craft beer at the local pub, the gathering spot to exchange adventure stories.

Sandy Coastal Escapes

Just an hour outside of Eugene, Florence offers a lot of coastal fun. Roar over gigantic sand dunes in a dune buggy or kayak across a quiet coastal lake. North of Florence visit the Sea Lion Caves, where hundreds of sea lions have made their home in “America’s Largest Sea Cave.” Continue up Highway 101 and view the Heceta Head Lighthouse, shining since 1892. Farther up the coast is Cape Perpetua with a stunning viewpoint 800 feet above sea level overlooking stretches of pristine sandy beach and dramatic rocky cliffs. Warm your soul and your body with a delicious bowl of clam chowder or cup of tea, served up in Florence’s charming Historic Old Town.

Ready for more? Plan your getaway at EugeneCascadesCoast.org.

 

 

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