Eugene, OR
By Christine M. Soltis

Move over Wizard of Oz because Eugene, Oregon is also dubbed as "The Emerald City."  With its wide walls of vibrant greenery and ambience, Eugene is a town of two nicknames.  Also known as Track Town, USA, one visit to Eugene will have you in the same shoes as the creators of Nike.

If your next trip lands you into Eugene, Oregon, is ready to help you get there.  Eugene Airport (EUG) is the primary airport for this destination and flights can easily be located at the following link ( can help you book other aspects of your trip and also recommends a search of hotel accommodations. lists a variety of hotel choices here:  (

While there are plenty of things to enjoy about Eugene, Oregon, the town is most known for Phil Knight’s 1972 invention of Nike shoes.  At the time, Knight was making shoes and selling them from his car long before the Fortune 500 Company fell in place.  The famous swoosh logo and icon for Nike was designed by Caroline Davidson, of which Knight paid her a mere $35 for it in the beginnings of its development.  For Eugene, the Nike Corporation aids its revenue stream, supplying a great deal of income to the town, including employment.  Eugene’s nickname of Track Town, USA is heightened by the fact that it is a track city, allegedly populated by more track fans than anywhere else in the United States. recommends a visit to Eugene’s famous Hayward Field, which is arguably the king of all track fields and even attracts U.S. Olympic tryouts.

But sports and track are not the only attractions in this town.  Eugene is the third largest city in Oregon and a popular tourist area.  People are drawn in by its wide range of recreational activities, from its numerous lakes to its distant wineries, old-growth forests, sand dunes, waterfalls, museums, endless parks and much more.  Outdoor activities run rampant along the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, where water activity choices such as rafting and fishing are never-ending.  Eugene also boasts over 100 parks in a town surrounded with a landscape of lush greenery and endless outdoor options.  With 250 miles of paths available for hiking, biking, walking and jogging, there’s no chance of getting bored with the same old trails here. 

The outdoor festivities in Eugene continue past the parks and into town. recommends a visit to the Historic Fifth Street Public Market.  Trek through open courtyards to check out local artisans, restaurants and shops.  While you’re out, make sure to stop by one of the many seasonal public farmers’ markets such as The Lane County Farmer’s Market, now composed of nearly 160 growers. 

Be sure to get your fill of the arts by checking out The McDonald Theater.  This performing arts venue strives towards community involvement by displaying works that appeal to all ages, featuring live movements in the art scene.  If you’re craving classical, community or pop musical performances, suggests a visit to The Eugene Symphony in Willamette Valley.  The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is another must-see, housing two world-class theaters that are worthy of a visit.

At the many restaurants in Eugene, you can be sure to enjoy fresh, locally produced food cooked with a dash of elegance.  From salmon to steaks, vegetarian, seafood and more, your mouth will be watering before dinner is served.  After dinner, check out one of the local breweries or sports bars to entertain you through the night.

Eugene, Oregon is the place to be.  No wonder they call themselves the “World’s Greatest City of the Arts & Outdoors!”  


  • 1. Studio West Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
  • 2. LaVelle Vineyards
  • 3. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
  • 4. King Estate Winery
  • 5. Cascades Raptor Center
  • 6. Alton Baker Park
  • 7. Science Factory Children's Museum
  • 8. Chateau Lorane
  • 9. Museum of Natural & Cultural History
  • 10. Sweet Cheeks Winery


  • 1. Oregon Truffle Festival - January
  • 2. Eugene Scottish Festival - February
  • 3. Eugene's Saturday Market - April to November
  • 4. Oregon Bach Festival - June/July
  • 5. Annual Eugene Celebration - August
  • 6. Annual Clay Fest - October
  • 7. Eugene International Film Festival - October
  • 8. Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival - October


Hilton Eugene
66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR
By Summer Brons

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Eugene, the Hilton Eugene Hotel Conference Center is an ideal choice for either the business or leisure traveler. Just minutes from I-5 and the nearby city of Springfield, Eugene is known for its sports, arts and of course, the University of Oregon Ducks.

The Hilton Eugene Hotel Conference Center is near the U of O campus, the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds, Hult Center for Performing Arts, as well as federal and county courthouses. With the Eugene Airport and Amtrak station nearby, getting from Eugene to other Oregon cities is a breeze. You'll also enjoy great shopping and dining just outside the doors of the Hilton itself.

On-site amenities at the Hilton Eugene Hotel Conference Center include an array of business conveniences, a fitness center and pool, available bicycle rental, lounge, news stand and baggage storage. The Hilton facility is also 100% non-smoking, allowing for enjoyment of clean air throughout the premises.

Dining options at the Hilton Eugene Hotel Conference Center include the Share Wine Bar and Bistro, as well as Skinner's restaurant. Share Bistro serves up lunch and dinner options with a variety of northwest-crafted wines and microbrews, while Skinner's offers breakfast, lunch and dinner plates including Angus steaks and fresh seafood. Room service is also available for those who may prefer private, in-room dining.

After a busy day around Eugene, relax in the comforts of your Hilton Eugene Hotel Conference Center guest room. Each room includes plush Hilton Serenity bedding, an MP3-ready clock radio, LCD television, work desk, coffee maker, high-speed wireless internet access, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Upgraded suites are also available, and members of the Hilton HHonors rewards program will receive credit for their stay.

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