EUGENE, Ore.– Thursday is the official start of the Labor Day weekend travel. It’s a chance for families to take that one last summer fling before school starts. Travel numbers are expected to break records, but thankfully, Lane County is a short distance away from popular Labor Day destinations.
“You don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re getting away,” said Lisa Lawton of Travel Lane County.
Drive an hour west and you’re at the coast.
“All kinds of activities over there from the sea lion caves to sand dune buggy riding. Even sand sculpting clinics if you want to learn about massive sculptures,” said Lawton.
Drive an hour east and you’re in the mountains.
“Great place for camping, hiking, and this year, we launched a special waterfall site where we have all kinds of information on 7 of the most beautiful accessible waterfalls in Lane County,” said Lawton.
In town, it’s beer and wine lover paradise.
“Those craft beer lovers will enjoy the Eugene Ale Trail. All kinds of vineyards will be open with special tastings, live music, food pairing, so great time to visit the wineries as well,” said Lawton.
And despite Oregon’s average gas prices being the third most expensive in the world for the second week in a row, it’s not keeping folks at home. AAA projects the highest travel volume since 2008. In the Pacific Region, Labor Day travel is expected to increase by 1.5% compared to last year, with 80% driving to their destinations.