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Edgy. Artsy. Beer-fueled. Beautiful. The words regularly used to describe Eugene only hint at how hip and laidback this Oregon city truly is. Find a great deal on a rental car with Orbitz then start exploring this colorful and irrepressibly friendly destination.
Friendly and welcoming, Eugene is the kind of place that entices you to relax, enjoy the scenery and meet the locals. We’ve picked out three of the best ways to experience the irresistible charm of the city.
The wines of the South Willamette Valley are gaining an international reputation. Drive for about 30 minutes out of the city along the Territorial Highway and stop at whichever winery grabs your attention first. Don’t miss the chance to try a local Pinot Noir in one of the atmospheric tasting rooms.
Eugene is located next to two impressive buttes, or flat-topped hills. Spencer Butte offers hiking trails for all abilities. Drive to the start of the trailhead just south of the city. Skinner Butte is a geological marvel, made up of basalt columns that now have bolted anchor points for climbers wanting an unconventional route to the top.
This family-friendly museum is a perennial hit. That’s partially down to the live reptiles that you get to meet, but also due to the weekend planetarium shows and the interactive exhibits. The lessons are practical – learn about wind power, geology and nanotechnology – but the exhibits are so fun that you and your children will barely notice.
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Eugene is a chilled-out destination, so embrace that spirit by refusing to stress about car rental. We’re here to help, with answers to your biggest questions about renting cars.
Ask your car rental company for the specifics, but in general, it’s most straightforward if you’re 25 and above. If you’re over 21 and hold a license, you can still pick up a rental car with an additional younger driver surcharge.
Naturally, you’ll want to make sure you have a driving license – as well as an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you’re visiting from outside the US. Don’t forget to bring a credit card, too, which is essential for your security deposit.
Car rental companies in Eugene are less likely to sell out than those in busier destinations, but we still recommend booking in advance. There are no cancellation fees and rarely any advance payment. Not only that, but you will enjoy a much wider choice of cars with better prices, too.
Most of the recognized international brands offer car rental in Eugene, either at the nearby airport or in the city itself. Alamo, Enterprise, Budget and others all offer competitive rates on vehicles, so take your pick using the Orbitz comparison function.