Oregon's third-largest city, at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, is home to the University of Oregon. It is a good base for outdoor activities and its lively arts scene and large student population give it a vibrant feel very different to other American cities of a similar size.
Eugene is noted for its radical left-wing politics that sometimes lead to violent counter cultural activities. Some travellers feel that this makes Eugene a refreshing antidote to the conservatism found elsewhere in the United States, but other visitors find the overall mood a little unsettling.
754 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon 97440
Tel (541) 484 5307
Eugene Airport is about a 15 minute-drive from downtown Eugene. There are direct flights to major hubs including Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.
Eugene's Greyhound station (tel (541) 344 6265; website www.greyhound.com) is at 987 Pearl Street, Eugene, OR 97401. Greyhound has buses to most major destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
Eugene is the southern terminus for Amtrak's (website www.amtrak.com) Cascades service to Portland and Seattle (with connections to Vancouver). The Coast Starlight also stops in Eugene en route between Los Angeles and Seattle.
Lane Transit District (website www.ltd.org) runs Eugene's local bus services. The standard cash fare is $1.25, five ride tokens cost $5.50 and a day pass costs $2.50. The Breeze Shuttle, which runs between downtown Eugene and the Valley River Center, costs 50c.