24,334 people visited Eugene
The beginning of Nike Shoes. The Oregon Ducks. Track legend Steve Prefontaine. With such an illustrious history tied to football and track, it’s hard not to think of the amazing sports stories when someone mentions Eugene..but there’s just so much more to this college town. This is also a city renowned for its natural beauty (Eugene itself is an urban forest) and full of recreational activities.
The University of Oregon doubles as an arboretum and just a mile away is Hendricks Park, a 78 acre mature forest filled with winding trails for your morning run or afternoon stroll. Love to bike? Laced with bike trails that run by beautiful locations like Amazon Creek and Williamette River, Eugene has a population that regularly commutes by bicycle 365 days a year rain or shine. Impressive considering it rains consistently from November to May. Not surprisingly, Eugene was named the “5th most bike-friendly city in America” by Bicycling magazine in 2010.
In what seems to be a direct contradiction to the long sporting tradition in the city, Eugene also has a sizable “alternative” and “hippie” population. Be sure to check out the Eugene Saturday Market, where everything sold in this open air festival is handcrafted with care.