Eugene as your West Coast Adventure Club
One of the best things about a picfest tour is that picfest happens in Eugene! This means that your choir is only 0.5 hours from the Willamette National Forest (waterfalls for days!), 1 hour from the Oregon coast (Sand dunes and saltwater taffy, anybody?), 2 hours from Portland (famous for having the biggest bookstore IN THE WORLD), 3 hours from Ashland Oregon (home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and so much more!
1 hour from picfest...
Florence (Oregon, not Italy)
Florence, Oregon is a lovely coastal town which boasts its proximity to the ocean, the Siuslaw River, gorgeous lighthouses, and a charming Old Town. Another awesome fact: all of the beaches up to the vegetation line are owned by the People of Oregon. That means, other than Hawaii, Oregon is the only US state with a coastline of beaches that are completely free to the public!
1.33 hours from picfest...
Wildlife Safari is Oregon's only drive-through wild animal park. This amazing park is home to over 500 animals that you can visit, right up close: giraffes, zebras, elephants, bison, cheetahs, hippopotamus, tamarin and yaks, eagles, flamingos, geese, and kookaburras, alligators, snakes and turtles, there's something for everyone to hug. (That was a joke, don't hug wild animals! Or at least, not the flamingos.)
2 hours from picfest...
2.5 hours from picfest...
THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
2.67 hours from picfest...
At almost 2,000 feet deep, this volcanic lake is the deepest in the country. When you visit Crater Lake National Park, you can enjoy the deep, bright blue of the water as you traverse the path around the edge of the lake, and then explore the old growth forests that compose the other 90% of the park!
3 hours from picfest...
THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
At 85-years-old, this Tony Award winning festival is world renowned and puts on productions from February through October. Not only is every play incredible, but OSF also offers back-stage tours and educational presentations. The festival and its permanent stages are situated in lovely Ashland, Oregon, a wonderful place to visit.