Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or region. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a guide, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Eugene, Oregon?”
Nestled at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley and surrounded by mountains on either side, Eugene was never going to stay a secret for long. Though it was once easy to dismiss as Portland’s shaggy younger brother, the city has come into its own in a time of steady population growth, booming ecotourism and thriving nightlife. The infamous cloudy skies and rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest are mercifully tempered here by dry, balmy summers, which add to the city’s walkability. In fact, the ease of transportation downtown—including generous bike lanes and frequent buses—is in part why you’ll find Eugene at the top of many lists of the greenest cities in America. No trip to Oregon would be complete without a stopover in Eugene. Here’s our take on the best things to do when you arrive.