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Introduction

Eugene River

Eugene River

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Eugene is the second largest city in Oregon, although Salem is slowly catching up. Eugene's main claim to fame is that it is home to the University of Oregon (U of O), the best state school in Oregon. Along with good academics the U of O is home to some great athletics, including a good football and a good basketball team. Sadly in recent years these teams have not been doing so well.

The city was first founded by Eugene Franklin Skinner, when he built the first trading post in the area in 1846. The city was officially created in 1862. The city grew because it was located on a ferry crossing over the Willamette River. In 1876 the University of Oregon was founded, even though the previous Colombia College burnt down and the neighborhood of College Hill still carries the name. The city is known for being very liberal and progressive with its attitudes.

Along with the University there are several great brew pubs and hikes in the area. Eugene is also a good jumping point to the coast only a hour and half drive away. If wanting to catch a sports game or enjoy some nice scenery Eugene is a good place to spend a couple of days

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Sights and Activities

Hiking

Top of Mount Pisga

Top of Mount Pisga

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  • Skinner Butte is a large hill/butte on the north edge of town and offers some nice short hikes. One can drive to the top or they can hike up from the Willamette river. There are some rock climbing areas located on the south side of the butte.
  • Spencer Butte is a stunning butte located on the southern edge of Eugene. The butte reaches 2055 feet (626 m) and has several great hiking trails to its summit. The shortest takes about an hour, the longest about 3 hours. The trails go through some very nice Douglas-fir woods to reach a rocky summit. The last part can be a bit risky, especially when it's wet but worth it for the amazing views. On a clear day it is even possible to see the coastal range.
  • Mount Pisgah is a hill reaching around 1,531 feet (467 m) at its summit. The mountain is located west of the city of Eugene toward Springfield. There are several hiking trails to the summit and even more in the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, which is a non-profit arboretum covering 209 acres. There are over 7 miles of riverside trails in the arboretum as long as some nice wildlife. This is an excellent place for trail running.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a small art museum with a rotating collection that has an international emphasis. The museum is located on the U of O campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. The museum is closed Mondays and on major holidays. It is open every other day 11 am to 5 pm except on Wednesday when the museum is open till 8 pm.
  • University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History is nice museum that holds one of the largest collections of Native American artifacts in the state. It is located at 1680 East 15th Ave. The museum is open daily 11 am to 5 pm and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. A ticket costs $3 for adults, and $2 for children and seniors.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max8 °C10.8 °C13.3 °C15.8 °C19.5 °C23.4 °C27.6 °C27.7 °C24.6 °C18.1 °C11.3 °C7.9 °C
Avg Min1.8 °C2.8 °C3.8 °C4.8 °C6.9 °C9.8 °C11.6 °C11.8 °C9.6 °C6.4 °C4.3 °C2.2 °C
Rainfall200.9 mm143.3 mm140.2 mm79 mm54.9 mm36.3 mm13 mm27.4 mm42.4 mm86.6 mm211.3 mm218.7 mm
Rain Days14.61314.410.47.94.92.13.15.28.915.215.4

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Getting There

By Plane

Eugene Airport (EUG) is a small domestic airport with direct services mainly to cities in the Northwestern and Western states. It has direct flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.

By Train

Two Amtrak trains stop in Eugene:

By Car

I-5 is the main express way in and out of town.

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Eat

Cafe Yumm

  • Cafe Yumm is an organic Oregon restaurant chain that started in Eugene and has 5 locations across town. All restaurants have the same Phone number: 684-YUMM-9866.
  • On Broadway 730 East Broadway
  • Oakway Center 130 Oakway Center
  • The Meridian 1801 Willamette Street
  • North Delta Center 1005 Green Acres Rd

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Drink

  • Eugene City Brewery is located at 844 Olive St, Phone: 541-345-4155. This is a wonderful artisan varietal brewery. The bar features good pizza, over 35 beers to chose from, and an outdoor seating area. The bar is located in the historic 1866 Eugene City Brewery, which the bar gets its name from.
  • The Bier Stein is a wonderful bar for the beer lover in all of us. They have over 300 beers to chose from including several on tap that are constantly changing. The beers come from all over the world and range from very cheap to expensive. There is also a kitchen offering good bar food. The Bier Stein is located at 345 E 11th Ave, phone: 541-485-BIER and parking is available.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Eugene Whiteaker International Hostels970 West 3rdHostel85

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Learn

  • University of Oregon (UO) is one of the best schools in the state and is the flagship public university in Oregon. This school has excellent undergraduate and graduate programs to study. The school is also home to the famous Ducks sports teams that occasionally have a good season.
  • Eugene Glass School is a great place to learn how to make amazing glass pieces with great teachers.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 44.045555
  • Longitude: -123.101276

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