Flights to Eugene
Situated about 50 miles (80km) inland from the Pacific Ocean the city of Eugene is located in the US state of Oregon. Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city and is a great destination for outdoor lovers with its many parks.
Known locally as Mahlon Sweet Field, the Eugene Airport (airport code: EUG) is not serviced by public buses so you’ll need to take a taxi or a rental car to get between the airport and the city, only a 7 mile (11km) drive. Flights to Eugene from South Africa are available with Delta Airlines, with connections in Atlanta and San Francisco. British Airlines has transfers in London and also San Francisco, as does Virgin Atlantic. You can also book flights to Eugene with South African Airways or Air France.
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The Tourist Attractions in Eugene:
As well as the great outdoors Eugene also offers a variety of other attractions. The city is well known for its arts, and the city motto reflects both this and the outdoors link, being “The world’s greatest city of the arts and outdoors”.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is an attraction for two reasons, first the art inside the museum, and secondly the building in which this museum is housed. The museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, and is situated on the campus of the University of Oregon. The very ornate building dates back to 1937.
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Also at the university is the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Founded in 1936 this museum features an interesting and fairly unique collection of exhibits including what are billed as the world’s oldest running shoes!
Shelton-McMurphy House and Grounds
A museum of a different kind is the Shelton-McMurphy-Johnson House, also known as Castle on the Hill. This ornate and somewhat daunting looking house is a prime example of Victorian era architecture in the US, known as Queen Anne style. This Eugene home was built in 1888 and was home to three families over the course of its life as a home. Now the house is open for public tours so you can see inside the house, or just admire it from the outside.
Parks and Gardens in Eugene
Eugene is packed with parks and gardens so it is a great destination for tourists who enjoy outdoor life. There are many parks you can visit, but some of the most notable include the following:
Hendricks Park covers an area of 78 acres which is mixed use parkland, and is the oldest Eugene city park. The 12 acre rhododendron garden is particularly impressive but there are also area of forest, and trails running through the park. This makes it a great place for walking and hiking.
The Owen Memorial Rose Garden is another impressive garden, this one features over 4,500 roses from 400 different varieties, while on the University of Oregon campus there’s an arboretum with over 500 species of trees.
Outside the city are numerous recreation areas such as Oregon Dunes, Three Sisters Wilderness, and Smith Rock.
When Should You Visit?:
Eugene has a marine west coast climate which means the city experiences warm summers and mild, though wet winters. July and August both have average high temperatures of 28C and low of 11C, and these are also the direst months of the year, so make a good time to visit. Spring and autumn are fairly warm, with average rainfall, whereas the mild winters can be very wet – November to January are by far the wettest months.