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Eugene Apartments For Rent
Neither snow nor rain nor dark of night … will keep the residents of Eugene, Oregon from their bicycles. Eugene is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, with miles of bike paths, trails, and bicycle shops. Eugene is also a top-rated walking city, receiving a gold level rating for its walking initiatives. There are 42 miles of paths and five footbridges in Eugene’s trail system, as well as an extensive public transit system.
With surroundings as beautiful as Eugene’s, it’s no wonder residents spend as much time outdoors as possible. Emerald green hills, towering trees, flowers with vibrant pops of color, and tumbling waterfalls make Eugene an idyllic location for biking and walking, but it also makes the perfect setting for other outdoor activities, including hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, and camping.
The University of Oregon was founded in 1876. It is located on 295 acres and features more than 260 academic programs. With this large student population, Eugene is an energetic college town filled with coffee shops, funky boutiques and stores, and an exciting nightlife. It is also home to many museums, art galleries, and theaters.
Your new Eugene apartment will give you access to the University of Oregon sports events, farmers’ markets, a wide variety of festivals and concerts, gorgeous parks, two rivers, and the Cascade Mountains. Grab your bike helmet – it’s time to start exploring this beautiful Willamette Valley gem! Here’s what you need to know about renting apartments in Eugene.
Things to Do in Eugene:
Gorgeous, exciting, energetic – Eugene is all of this and more. In fact, when you rent your Eugene apartment, you may spend more time out of it than in. Eugene is an outdoor paradise – ensconced by mountains not far from the Pacific coast, temperatures are mild year round. Its incredible location means residents can hike, ski, canoe, go river rafting, enjoy hot springs, go mountain climbing, mountain biking, and more. All of that natural beauty is inspiring, as well, giving Eugene the slogan, “The World’s Greatest City for the Arts & Outdoors.”
Hike to the top of Bohemia Mountain to stand in the clouds and see the mountains sprawled at your feet. From mountain climbing to sandboarding, the possibilities are endless. Go horseback riding along the beach, or set out on any of the amazing horse trails. Take a tour, or watch the Eugene Pro Rodeo at the Oregon Horse Center. Head to Willamette Pass Resort in the winter to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, or visit in the summer and take in the views from the mountain gondola, go mountain biking, or go hiking.
If you think climbing trees is just for kids, then you’ll discover your inner child in Eugene! But this isn’t like any tree-climbing you’ve done before – experience a world unlike any other, a place few have been … a forest canopy from the top of a 150-foot Douglas fir! Guides – and helmets and harnesses – keep this a fun and safe adventure. Visit the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute to enjoy an adventure like no other.
You are probably familiar with snowboarding, but have you ever heard of sandboarding? Replace the snow (or water for surfing) with sand – lots of sand! The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area covers the nation’s largest stretch of coastal sand dunes – perfect! You can rent a sandboard at Sand Master Park in nearby Florence. This is the first sandboard park in the world, containing 40 acres of sand dunes and a 40-foot ramp.
Winter and spring are prime whale-watching times in Eugene! You can see Gray whales during their annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to the warmer waters off Mexico during the winter where they go to give birth, or the return trip every spring when they head back to the Arctic. Some whales know a good thing when they see it and just stay along Oregon’s scenic coast. Great whale-watching locations include Cape Perpetua, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, Devil’s Churn Viewpoint, and Sea Lion Caves Turnout.
Eugene is sandwiched between two national forests: Siuslaw National Forest, a stunning coastal park, and the Willamette National Forest. Siuslaw National Forest covers 630,000 acres and extends 135 miles. It is an amazing location that includes jagged mountain peaks and beautiful coastline, providing a scenic setting for activities like beachcombing, swimming, dune buggy riding, horseback riding, hiking, camping, and fishing.
What to Consider When Moving to Eugene:
In addition to providing Eugene with a skilled workforce, the University of Oregon also enhances the community with its beautiful locations, its festivals, and – of course – its sports! Go, Ducks!
The University of Oregon is next to the historic Pioneer Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the city’s oldest cemeteries. The university is the site of the Oregon Bach Festival, an annual event that includes amazing concerts and educational activities. It is considered one of the world’s top music festivals.
But back to the Ducks! The Oregon Ducks compete in NCAA’s Pacific-12 Conference. The university is famous for its football team, its basketball team, and its track and field program – this is where Nike began, after all – and the success of the UO track and field program combined with the university’s connection to Nike (more on that later) led to Eugene’s nickname, “Track Town, USA.”
The Ducks have won 25 NCAA National Championships (as of March 2015) and continue to win big. The Ducks are considered rivals of the Oregon State Beavers, and their annual game is referred to as the “Civil War,” a game first played in 1894.
So … why ducks? In the 1890s, the Oregon teams were known as the Webfoots, a name given to a group of fishermen who became heroes during the American Revolution. Since ducks have webbed feet, live duck mascots began to show up during the 1920s, but that isn’t what caused the name change – that happened after a legendary handshake in 1940, when Walt Disney allowed Oregon’s athletic director to use the image of Donald Duck as the school mascot.
Phil Knight ran track at the University of Oregon under the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, who trained an impressive 31 Olympians. He was coach for 24 years, and during that time the Ducks track and field team won four NCAA titles. Years later in 1964, Knight and Bowerman partnered up to create an athletic footwear company called Blue Ribbon Sports. That company eventually became known as Nike, which is still headquartered in nearby Beaverton.
Why Eugene Apartments Are Hot:
What do you get when you combine fantastic weather, an amazing landscape that includes both mountains and coast, fantastic outdoor (and extreme) adventures, a gorgeous city that is considered the nation’s most bicycle-friendly as well as one of the most pedestrian-friendly, an amazing arts scene, and the chance to cheer on the legendary Oregon Ducks? Some very hot apartments in Eugene! This is the Emerald Valley, after all, and once you discover how great Eugene is, you won’t want to live anywhere else.
And if you aren’t packing and running to a Eugene apartment right now … there’s no sales tax in Oregon! Remember that as you are exploring Eugene’s amazing shops, art galleries, and boutiques. River Road is home to some amazing farm stands that offer organic fruits and vegetables and other locally-grown produce. There are also a variety of U-pick farms and vineyards to explore and enjoy. Eugene isn’t just hot – it sizzles!
- The University of Oregon Ducks football team is in NCAA Division I, Pacific-12 Conference.
- Autzen Stadium, a 54,000-seat outdoor stadium, is home to the Oregon Ducks football games.
- The Eugene Saturday Market, a large outdoor craft market, is held annually from April to November.
- Eugene Celebration is a three-day event held every September and features concerts and a parade.
- The Museum of Natural and Cultural History features exhibits, events, and a museum store.
- The Historic Fifth Street Public Market contains art, shops, restaurants, local musicians, and more.
A Eugene Bike Path
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The Lane County Fair
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Proxy Falls Along McKenzie Pass
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Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon
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Pedestrian Suspension Bridge at Alton Baker Park
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- Northwest Christian College
- University of Oregon
- Eugene Bible College
- Lane Community College
- Oregon State University