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Enjoy Oregon!

Even though LTS students are very busy with coursework and teaching or internships, they find time to enjoy various outdoor and urban adventures in Oregon.


The Oregon coast

Oregon is known for its great outdoors, from sandy coasts to snowy mountains to gorgeous green forests! Oregon’s beaches (just 1-2 hours from Eugene) offer a windy coast in the winter, and a warm day out in the summer: shop around Newport, sand-surf the dunes and explore the coves. The Oregon coast is full of hiking, sea lions, and even an aquarium in Newport.


Crater Lake

Oregon’s many natural wonders include the famous Crater Lake, the waterfalls of Columbia River Gorge, Smith Rock (great for climbers!), rivers perfect for kayakers or rafters of any level (such as the Rogue river), and mountains beckoning skiers and snowboarders from Mount Bachelor to Willamette Pass to Mount Hoodoo.

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Oregon also offers many urban adventures. The city of Portland (a two-hour drive from Eugene) is known for its microbreweries, Voodoo doughnuts, eco-friendly shopping, the largest new and used independent bookstore in the world (Powell’s Book Store), the smallest park in the world (just two feet wide!), food trucks, a beautiful Japanese garden, and many more attractions that make Portland so unique.


A view of Portland and Mt. Hood

Heading south, Ashland offers its world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where lovers of theater can be lost in top-notch productions! One of Oregon’s most unique events is the Oregon Country Fair, known for its lively music, local vendors, costumes, talented performers, and welcoming environment.

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There is plenty of fun to be had in Eugene, Oregon itself. Hike around Mount Pisgah or up Spencer’s Butte, enjoy the view from Skinner’s Butte, stroll around Hendrick’s Park’s Rhododendron garden, or explore the many bike and running trails around Alton Baker Park. Children can experience a world of learning at the Science Factory Children’s Museum and Planetarium, the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, or the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art!


One of the quirky cafes in Eugene

Downtown you can enjoy a movie at the Broadway Metro, pizza from Sizzle Pie and tea from Townshend’s, thousands of books at the Eugene Public Library, shopping around Fifth Street Market, or even a concert or show at the McDonald theater, WOW Hall, Oregon Contemporary Theater, or Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts (with its famous Bach Festival held in June and July)! In the summer, Eugene’s downtown is made lively with the Saturday market (offering local produce, readymade food, handcrafted gifts, and entertainment), and in the winter Eugene’s Holiday Market will become your favorite part of the season.

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