Destination guide

Eugene, Oregon: a city for the arts and outdoors

Eugene, Oregon is a city on the rise, offering travelers the experience of both a bustling metropolis and a natural, Northwestern environment—perfect for nights at the theater or days hiking outside. The Eugene population is the 2nd largest in the state. It’s only smaller than that of Portland, which is just over 100 miles away from your Eugene vacation rentals. In the town whose official slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors,” you can find plenty of diverse activities and cultural happenings that will allow you to participate in something new every day.

Things to do

Arts, education, and excitement in Eugene

University of Oregon football and tailgating outside Autzen Stadium are major attractions in Eugene. In addition, museums related to the arts, sciences, and history pepper the metropolis and campus. You can take in a show at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, whether you enjoy live music, ballet, theater, or magic. And when you start to feel hungry, there are plenty of restaurants—both family-friendly and geared toward the adult crowd—where you can fuel up before taking on the next adventure in Eugene.

Activities

Getting around and having fun in Eugene

The city focuses heavily on outdoor fun. Biking, running, and climbing are all popular Eugene activities, along with kayaking and rafting the city’s many lakes. There are hot springs and mountain trails within the city limits, and a ski resort that’s only 66 miles away. You may also want to participate in a walking tour of a city parks or of the Colombia River Gorge. And if you don’t feel like going out, there are a number of indoor arts and educational activities for friends and families alike.

Weather

Eugene’s climate: a combination of moderate and misty

Like most of the Pacific Northwest, Eugene weather feels like a hazy dream. While summers are warm and winters are cool, you will usually experience a moist climate that keeps the weather moderate all year. However, you can expect snow in the winter for skiing and hot days in the summer that are perfect for watersports. Eugene shares the “The Emerald City” nickname with its neighboring town Seattle because of its warm, wet weather and lush surroundings. As you’ll soon learn in your Eugene vacation rentals, the mist is part of the atmosphere.

Natural features

Eugene fun near the forest, the coast, and the lake

The city is a busy area, but you can get back to nature as soon as you left it. Eugene is home to several lakes and waterfalls that can be found in the Willamette National Forest, along with over 300 species of fish and wildlife. It is also about 200 miles from Eugene to the coast and to Gold Beach, Oregon, if you are looking to surf or watch the waves. Plenty of natural recreational areas are close enough that you could make the trip there and back to your Eugene vacation rentals in just 1 day.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Eugene

Fly into Eugene, OR (EUG-Mahlon Sweet Field), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Corvallis, OR (CVO-Corvallis Municipal), which is 32.8 mi (52.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Eugene Station.

Where to stay around Eugene?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 184 vacation rentals near Eugene. From 114 Houses to 15 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Eugene for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Eugene?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Eugene:

  • West Eugene: 51 vacation rentals
  • Amazon: 58 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Eugene: 29 vacation rentals
  • Whiteaker: 17 vacation rentals
  • Harlow: 30 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Eugene?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Eugene. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Oregon: 118 vacation rentals
  • Autzen Stadium: 183 vacation rentals
  • Cuthbert Amphitheater: 184 vacation rentals
  • Oakway Golf Course: 184 vacation rentals
  • Lane Events Center: 183 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Eugene listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Eugene?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 114 Houses in Eugene. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Eugene include:

  • Cabins: 15 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Eugene?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Eugene. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.