Eugene named a top vacation destination for 20-somethings

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Thousands of people flocked to Emerald Meadows outside of Eugene in August to catch the inaugural year of The Kaleidoscope Music Festival, presented by One Eleven. The festival ranged from local acts to national headlines like NAS, Bassnectar and Empire of the Sun. (Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene made a Top 20 list of American tourism destinations with appeal for 20-somethings.


The premise of the Huffington Post article are cities of interest to "the cash-strapped, adventure-seeking, microbrewed-beer loving, locavore millennial."

"Parks and riverside paths, festivals and a lively art scene, a strong culture of alternative lifestyles and ideas - Eugene sounds and looks beautiful," according to the Huffington Post article. "There's no shortage of activity, from University of Oregon museums to an urban forest. Eugene has been a retreat for progressive, hippie sets since the 1960s and that culture still lives on today. Make sure to check out the Oregon Country Fair, which is held in Eugene each July."

The median age in Eugene is just under 34, according to the 2010 Census. People in their 20s made up about 21 percent of the population.

That number skews higher the closer you get to the University of Oregon, where students told KMTR NewsSource 16 they weren't surprised Eugene landed on the list.

"I think there's a lot do to like in the outdoors which i really enjoy doing,” said 21-year-old Morgan Noll, ”but there's also a good mix of fun restaurants and bars, so yea! I think I’d agree." 

The article says there's no shortage of activity - from the art scene to the great outdoors.

Carrie Russo with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce said the area is great for those who are foodies and for those who love to hit the trails.

"Hiking and mountain biking and rivers… there's something for everybody," said Russo.

Eugene's neighbor to the north, Portland, also made the Huffington Post's list along with Eureka, Calif. and Missoula, Mont.