The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region covers the 4,722 square miles (12,229.92 sq km) of Lane County, Oregon with a stunning stretch of Oregon's coast, a fertile swath of the South Willamette Valley and clear rivers surrounded by lush forests along the western Cascade Mountains.
Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, Eugene has “carefully cultivated its image as an outdoor-lover’s paradise,” according to AARP The Magazine. Its high concentration of nature mavens — including the area’s college students and retirees — frequent farmers markets, vineyards, hiking and biking trails, museums, and galleries.
Sperling's Best Places Eugene and Springfield sit across from one another on the Willamette River. Home to the University of Oregon, the area has a large timber industry and is a transportation hub for routes south into California.
The setting is attractive, and clean and prosperous downtown Eugene has the kind of shops and restaurants one would expect in a college town. The park system is excellent, most particularly a waterfront park along the river.
Good growth management has minimized sprawl effects but there is a new and modern mall along I-5 northeast of town.
From Clear Lake, under the majestic Mount Washington, to the fly-fishing and bird watching town of Walterville, the McKenzie River is filled with fun, beauty, and excitement for you, your family, and friends.
Choose from one of the world class bike trails, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, or relaxing in one of the natural hot springs. No matter if you prefer solitary time hiking on one of the many incredible trails, feeling the refreshing spray of a thundering waterfall on your face with a few friends, or listening to live music and socializing at one of our fine restaurants or lodges, the McKenzie River has the adventure for you.
Discover the All-America City (1968, 2004) of Cottage Grove, Oregon, a charming, small town just twenty minutes south of Eugene – Springfield. Find live music, theatre arts and small-town favorite eateries in this city that borders both Oregon Wine Country and the Cascade foothills. Cottage Grove is also a prime gateway to outdoor adventuring. Eugene, Cascades & Coast