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Eugene's location confers many blessings. The Willamette River curves around the northeast quarter of the community and abundant trees and flowers dot the cityscape. From an elevated perch you can see the Coast and Cascade Ranges beckoning you to beach and mountain playgrounds little more than an hour away.
In town, a world-renowned Bach Festival and other big-time cultural events are showcased in the Hult Center, praised by the Los Angeles Times as having the best acoustics on the West Coast. The University of Oregon campus provides another forum for the best in art and academe, while its Hayward Field track has been the site of the U.S. Olympic Trials several times.
Because of the sparsely populated hamlets, east, west, and south of town, Eugene is a hub for healthcare and shopping. Visitors from rural Lane County flock to the Eugene/Springfield area on weekends to shop at Valley River Center, see a movie, attend a convention, or simply go "garage saling." This place seems to have more flea markets than just about anywhere!
The two areas of visitor interest are minutes south of the Willamette River. The campus, in Eugene's southeast quadrant, and the downtown (bounded by 5th and 10th Avenues and Charnelton and High Streets) are only a five-minute drive apart from each other. Serious walkers can manage the two-mile distance without trouble.
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