Eugene is an eclectic mix of old and new. Home of the Country Fair it is the last hippy festival of music and optional clothing. It is also home to the University of Oregon and the Ducks football team. You can hike, shop, sip craft beer, explore Friday Art walks and shop at the famous Saturday Market for fresh veggies, arts and crafts. Tie-dye clothing can be found in abundance at the market along with live music.
Came to Eugene for 2 weeks to relax. Friendly people, good food and beer. Moderate weather and every one seems to be an artist or at least who they want to be. You know Eugene as the home of the Hippy bit it is much more. Love the gardens at every single home.
University of Oregon dominates the town (in a good way). Yes there is much to enjoy in the way of sporting events (football, track, hoops, etc.). There are also wonderful summer festivals. Great new lodging options around 5th St market. Microbrews and other eateries have stepped up their game. All framed by a beautiful river which has great running/biking/walking trails.
A beautiful town surrounded by endless National Parks...but really, where in Oregon can't you find a National Park. I like Eugene as a stopping point if you're traveling through or down the state. Take your time to look around and enjoy what there is to offer.