ExplOregon: Where to take visitors over Thanksgiving weekend

From the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site, follow signs for the Diamond Creek Falls and you can take spur trails to epic mountain views or to Too Much Bear Lake. (SBG/Kristin Goodwillie)

EUGENE, Ore. – Do you have a house full of guests, but no idea how to entertain them?

How about exploring Oregon’s great outdoors?

Whether you take advantage of Oregon’s free access to state parks on Green Friday, or decide to venture off the beaten path, there are plenty of options for those willing to brave the rain.

Just outside of Eugene, there's a place where you can watch salmon try ... and try ... and try to make their way up a raging waterfall.

And if that waterfall isn't big enough to impress your guests, try taking them to Diamond Creek Falls or Sahalie and Koosah falls.

Unfortunately, the temperatures aren't supposed to get above 50 degrees in Eugene Thanksgiving weekend. So, maybe a trip south to Umpqua Hot Springs will be the cure to escaping the cold?

Many guests might insist on visiting the Oregon Coast. For a fun day trip, head to Hobbit Beach.

For anyone looking to stay inside a warm vehicle and out of the rain, a road trip to some of Lane County's covered bridges might be a good way to pass the time.

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