Visit Eugene, OR.

When you land at Eugene Airport, you’re just seven miles northwest of the city. Anchored on either side by the central Oregon Coast region and the Cascade Mountains, the Emerald Valley has been fertile ground for a growing eclectic community. Named for Eugene Skinner who arrived amongst a wave of hundreds of European settlers in the mid 1800s, the area was long home to a rich indigenous population before the Anglo boom. Skinner built his home on high ground as the area natives instructed; this high ground is now known as Skinner’s Butte. His settlement was first known as Skinner’s Mudhole; thankfully, Eugene was the name selected when it formally became a city.

Residents of Eugene are known for living and thinking differently. Today the area is fast becoming a hotspot for high tech advancements, but in the middle of the 20th century it was known as a hippie hotspot and a community that pioneered innovative approaches to development. Cyclists, rejoice: one Eugene innovation is an early commitment to bicycle culture, so it’s easy to see the sights on two wheels. If mountain biking is your jam, there are several popular, thrilling trails just outside of town; scenic riders will enjoy the trails along the Willamette River and Amazon Creek.

Eugene is an ideal destination for nature lovers. The city itself is an urban forest, and the University of Oregon campus is an arboretum home to more than 500 species of trees. Every year the area hosts several outdoor festivals and cultural events, but if you prefer to do your sightseeing indoors, there’s plenty more to enjoy beyond the local greenery. Head to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Oregon Air and Space Museum, or the Lane County History Museum to see the area’s cultural treasures.

See what you’ll discover in the city great for both the arts and the outdoors—book a flight to Eugene Airport and start planning what you’ll explore when you arrive in the Pacific Northwest. Southwest Airlines flies to Eugene, OR, making it easier than ever to visit the Emerald Valley. Of course, planning a great trip is about more than finding low fares on flights. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight to Eugene, OR, today.

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Things to do in Eugene, OR.

Picture-perfect parks
  • Alton Baker Park
  • Hendricks Park
  • Owen Memorial Rose Garden
Can’t-miss museums
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
  • Museum of Natural and Cultural History
  • Oregon Air and Space Museum
Enriching outings
  • Hult Center for the Performing Arts
  • Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center
  • McDonald Theatre