Eugene Sights and Landmarks Guide, Oregon
Eugene, OR US - Sights: Known for quality vineyards
Despite having one of the larger populations in Oregon, Eugene maintains its small town charm. If you are planning your trip to Eugene for something different to do, here are the sights in and around the city where you can enjoy the maximum.
Silvan Ridge Hinman Vineyards
Long growing seasons and mild winters support the cities numerous wineries including Silvan Ridge Hinman Vineyards, one of Oregon’s largest wineries. This vineyard has a small European winery sense and is situated only 15 minutes from the city. Surrounded by over 2,500 acres of wetlands, the city has miles of biking, jogging and hiking trails.
One of Oregon’s most spectacular attractions is the Willamette valley. Well known for local wineries, this valley also offers several annual events that focus both on Willamette’s wine and vegetable production as well as the rich background that has helped to make the area what it is today. Salem and Eugene are two of the major centers in this part of the state and both feature a wide variety of amenities and traveler services.
There are also a number of parks in Eugene including Skinner Butte Park, which is one of Eugene’s oldest parks. Skinner Butte Park stretches over 100 acres of land along the Willamette River. There is Elijah Bristow State Park, which features over 10 miles of hiking, biking & equestrian trails, reserve picnic areas, group shelters and restrooms.
The Willamette Valley is also a home to a number of museums, including Lane County Historical Society Museum. It maintains Lane County’s heritage through an array of temporary and permanent exhibits, which includes photographs of early crafts, historic vehicles and many more. Museum is positioned next to Lane County Fairgrounds. Then there is the Science Factory Children’s Museum and Planetarium, which features interactive exhibits and educational displays on science. It is a fun place to visit for people of all ages. Many other famous museums are as follows like Oregon Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Conger Street Clock Museum and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Shopping and Leisure
There are several markets in Eugene, where tourists gather for shopping and leisure. Some of the prominent ones are the Saturday Market, which runs from April to November, providing a colorful taste of Eugene with food booths, an array of locally produced crafts and entertainment for children. Historic Fifth Street is also a famous shopping destination and features an eclectic collection of restaurants, shops and galleries, which contribute to the colorful environment of the market. The markets are also free wireless hotspots.
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