Lane County Oregon is a fantastic place to live and play….especially during the summer! And it’s not solely because of its fabulous coastal opportunities! Although, there’s no arguing that the Oregon Coast offers some of the most beautiful and fun beaches on the Pacific Ocean! Nope! There’s much more to Lane County than beach livin’! Check out the following three superb recommendations for a fun day trip in Lane County, Oregon!
Lane County Parks
73 recreation sites throughout the county provide varied, beautiful opportunities for day trips, overnight camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, sailing, watersports, fishing, river recreation, horseback riding, and more. See a full list of Lane County Parks here.
Twenty Historic Covered Bridges
Do you enjoy covered bridges? Lane County is home to more covered bridges than any other county west of the Mississippi! Seventeen of these wonderful bridges are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spend a day seeing as many as you can!
Covered bridges were constructed to withstand heavy rains as well as salty sea air. High-quality timber was more accessible in this area than the option of more costly steel and concrete. Covered bridges are similar in design to steel truss bridges, but, the shortage of steel during World War I contributed to the need to use wood as bridge building material. House-type structures over these wooden bridges protect the wood trusses and floor planking from the elements and more than doubles the life expectancy of the bridge. As early as 1918, plans for covered bridges had become standardized to include open windows for light and ventilation together with such features as laminated floors and interior whitewashing. The covered bridges still standing today reflect numerous hours of skilled hand labor.
Wineries and Vineyards
The Willamette Valley (including Lane County and counties to the north) is home to more than 200 wineries and has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir-producing areas of the world. Follow this link to check out the local wineries and spend a day in delicious relaxation!