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7 must-see places in U.S. for nature lovers

Oregon stadium, fall trees reflected in water

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Eugene, Ore.

Eugene, Ore., is perched at the nexus of the Willamette and McKenzie rivers and is another city, like Boulder, that's renowned for both its natural scenery and access to the great outdoors. It's where Nike got its start and is home to the University of Oregon (stadium pictured at left). While winters can be a bit dreary and rainy, summer weather tends to the sunny and perfectly warm. The town has an inordinate number of natural foods stores and has been holding a popular weekly farmers and crafts market, known as the Saturday Market, since 1970. Eugene has a few hostels to choose from, including Eugene Whiteaker International Hostels as well as some nicer, more expensive options like the Campbell House.