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Most people think of Portland when they think of Oregon, but the city of Eugene has more than enough to make it a vacation destination in its own right. The thriving arts and music scene, abundance of outdoor activities, and surprisingly large hippie community give Eugene an eclectic feel that makes it like no other place in the country. Enjoy fine dining along Willamette Street, or peruse the trendy boutiques and stylish shops nestled along Franklin Boulevard.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Eugene:
Eugene's large size and close proximity to several universities means that there are live music performances happening almost every night of the week. In addition, there are several major events and festivals held here throughout the year. Enjoy live classical performances with Oregon's finest composers at the Oregon Bach Festival in June, sample the food and shopping at the hippie gathering known as the Oregon Country Fair in July, or celebrate the town's proud history with live bands and street performers at the Eugene Celebration in October.
Take advantage of Eugene's natural beauty with a vacation rental. Rent a beautiful apartment or condo downtown or book a cozy cabin with easy access to the hiking and camping options in Eugene. If you have some extra time in the area, take a drive down the Oregon Coast or spend an afternoon relaxing at the McCredie Hot Springs.