Go Here, Not There: Undiscovered Places to Visit Now

Eugene, Oregon
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Jeff Green

These destinations offer fewer crowds and similar attributes to their more popular counterparts, making them fine alternatives to hot spots that are at their max.

Try: Eugene, Oregon. Not: Portland, Oregon

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It’s hard not to fall for the quirky vibes of the Pacific Northwest, especially when it come’s to Portland’s epic food scene and proximity to the world-class wines of the Willamette Valley. But just a two hour drive away, PDX’s southerly sister city of Eugene also has access to wine country, and offers a bit more kitsch, complete with a growing artisanal food scene. The great thing is, there are plenty of ways to work off all the fantastic eats, as Eugene is known as ‘TrackTown USA.’ It’s easy to see why: Nike was birthed here, and it’s also home to a mind-blowing array of city paths and running trails, including some dedicated to Olympian Steve Prefontaine himself.

Eugene, Oregon

Go Here, Not There: Undiscovered Places to Visit Now

Try: Eugene, Oregon. Not: Portland, Oregon

It’s hard not to fall for the quirky vibes of the Pacific Northwest, especially when it come’s to Portland’s epic food scene and proximity to the world-class wines of the Willamette Valley. But just a two hour drive away, PDX’s southerly sister city of Eugene also has access to wine country, and offers a bit more kitsch, complete with a growing artisanal food scene. The great thing is, there are plenty of ways to work off all the fantastic eats, as Eugene is known as ‘TrackTown USA.’ It’s easy to see why: Nike was birthed here, and it’s also home to a mind-blowing array of city paths and running trails, including some dedicated to Olympian Steve Prefontaine himself.

Jeff Green
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