"Eugene, kicking the rain" Top 5 Page for this destination Eugene by Maria250

Eugene Travel Guide: 208 reviews and 272 photos

Eugene calls itselfs "World’s Greatest City of Arts & Outdoors". Well, I personally can't confirm that impression since a short stay is not enough time spent, to learn about Eugene's arts & outdoors, culture, sports, education or recreation. Also it needs definitively a period of time with less rain. Yet Eugene's unique, scenic beauty does catch the visitors eye. The Willamette and McKenzie rivers are magnets for water sports and recreation, and more than 100 parks and 2,600 acres of open space offer the perfect settings for any outdoor activity one can imagine. Also Eugene offers festivals, performances and shows year-round. The Hult Center for Performing Arts, anchors the arts' scene with two world-class theaters. Downtown is a great place to shop, dine and people watch with blocks of art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops.

Speaking of down town no where else during my different stays in the states, I saw that many of heavy pierced punk and hippie folks which seem to shuffle all over down town. Some awkward scene since it reminded me on pictures/news about punks and hippies ages back when I was a child.

Eugene has many, many paths and designated routes for foot and cycling traffic only. Eugene is one of the top 21 cities in the American nation for cycling, according to Bicycling Magazine. It rated more than 250 cities based on population and cycling-friendly statistics. During my short stay I haven't seen any pedestrians or cycling folks whatsoever. Maybe that was due to the permanent rain.

With the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, Eugene is also a center for higher learning. The University of Oregon is located at the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Eugene is served by a Amtrak rail service, and major bus lines. The University of Oregon is easily accessible from Interstate 5, the main north-south freeway along the Pacific Coast.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic BBQ place. Immense number of restaurants.
  • Cons:Spot lacks southern kindness and gentle smiles.
  • In a nutshell:There one can learn how to bear with permanent rain.
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Hi Maria, I enjoyed your tips, photos, and stories about Eugene! I have never been to Oregon. Great ribs and coffee -- sounds like my kind of place! Also, glad to see that Jack-in-the-Box still exists. Haven't seen one of them in NJ in years! Best, Bill

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    never been to Eugene but I know its the tracl/field capitol of USA(Steve Prefontaine-land)and that it rains waaay too much. BTW I am also a Walmart fan(and IKEA)

  • Jan 25, 2008 at 3:08 AM

    Another great site in vt about US!

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