100 Things to Do in Eugene, Oregon


Nestled in the heart of the Southern Willamette Valley, Eugene is known as the Emerald City, Silicone Shire, and Track Town USA. Defined by the official motto, “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors,” Eugene is a place known for its high quality of life and a community of residents that that thrive on finding a balance between work and play.

In 100 Things To Do In Eugene Before You Die you’ll find a new adventure on every page, with seasonal events and detailed itineraries to serve as your own personal tour guide. This one-time home to both Olympic athlete Steve Prefontaine and American Author Ken Kesey is full of surprises from eclectic parades to hazelnut farms and even vintage arcades. Whether you’re new to town or simply looking for new ways to get out and enjoy one of the region’s many rainy days, this book will help you create—and complete—your very own Eugene bucket list.

Well, folks. I wrote a book called “100 Things to Do in Eugene, Oregon Before You Die.” Released on March 18, the book is part of a larger “bucket list” series put out by Reedy Press, an niche independent book publisher based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

The impetus for the project started with two things:

1. The popularity of this post: Top 15 Family-Friendly Attractions in and Around Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

2. A lack of a general travel guide for Lane County

If you live in Eugene and would like to hear me speak about the book and the overall project, please come to one of these local events.

  • April 28: Lane County History Museum, 2-3pm
  • June 14: Eugene Public Library. Summer Reading Series Lecture. 6-7pm
  • June 16: Junction City Retirement & Assisted Living, General Lecture, 11am-12pm
  • July 7: Barnes & Noble, Author Panel, 11am-12pm
  • July 8: Art in the Vineyard, Author Tables, 11am
  • July 21: Lane County Fair, Author Tables, 11am

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About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.