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Greyhound buses stop at 987 Pearl St, and Amtrak trains at Fourth Ave and Willamette St. Eugene has a terrific bus system, the LTD ($1.50; t 541/687-5555, w http://www.ltd.org), offering day passes for $3. The visitor centre is at 754 Olive St (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm; t 541/484-5307, w http://www.travellanecounty.org).

The best places to stay include the Campbell House, 252 Pearl St (t 541/343-1119 or t 1-800/264-2519, w http://www.campbellhouse.com; $131–160), an elegant 1892 Victorian home with 17 handsome rooms; and Excelsior Inn, 754 E 13th Ave (t 541/342-6963 or t 1-800/321-6963, w http://www.excelsiorinn.com; $101–130), a small hotel with fourteen rooms and suites themed around classical music, plus a fine, on-site Northwest cuisine restaurant. Other good places to eat include Café Zenon, 898 Pearl St (t 541/684-4000), with an eclectic, mid-priced menu rich with pasta, steak and international fare; and Newman’s Fish Company, 1545 Willamette St (t 541/344-2371), a fine seafood house where you can fill up on fish ’n’ chips, clam chowder and shrimp skewers for less than $10. Funky WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave (t 541/687-2746, w http://www.wowhall.org), showcases up-and-coming rockers; for a taste of the music scene near the university, stroll along 13th Avenue and hear the indie rock and punk wafting out from the bars and clubs.

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