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A Relaxing Day Trip to Sisters, Oregon




I am happy that you have again decided to take our Oregon weekend trip to Sisters with us. Grab your camera and binoculars, maybe a snack if you wish, and we are off! As we leave Eugene, we head east on Hwy 126, also called the McKenzie Hwy. We will be able to see the McKenzie River during most of our drive. Iron Coach Leaburg





About 20 minutes outside of Eugene we come to the small town of Leaburg. We had to stop and take this picture of this old coach. I wanted to take it home, but, I guess it would be a little out of place in the living room.







We drive for another few minutes and come to Leaburg Dam. The Dam is located in the middle of McKenzie River Valley. A favorite location of fisherman, the Leaburg Trout Hatchery is located here.

Leaburg Dam

You can also see the large white sturgeon and trout swimming in the holding pond. If you want to stop for a picnic this would be a great spot.

White Sturgeon



Just down the road we fine the Goodpasture covered Bridge. We like to take pictures of these when ever we come across them. There are more covered bridges in Oregon than any other state in the country.

Goodpasture Bridge



We now continue our drive over the Santiam Pass. It is at an elevation of 4817 feet. It is located between Mount Washington and the volcanic horns of Three Fingered Jack. The view is breathtaking as you can see.

Mt Washington







Mount Washington








Three Fingers Jack







Three Fingers Jack







When we reach Hwy 20 we turn right and head on into Sisters. The town is a tourist area dedicated to a western theme. There are many shops to visit that all keep to this same theme. The town was named for the Three Sisters Mountains, nicknamed, Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Broken top 3 Sisters

On our drive back to Eugene we will be taking Hwy 20 all the way to Sweet Home. It will take us passed this historic marker. This is where America’s first transcontinental automobile race made history in June of 1905 when the first car to cross the Cascade Mountains conquered the Santiam Wagon Road.

Historic Marker

Our next stop is Foster Reservoir just outside of Sweet Home.

Foster Reservoir

At Sweet Home we head south on Hwy 228 through Crawford, where we find another covered bridge, before we continue on to I-5 and south to Eugene.

Crawford Bridge



As we have arrived home from are trip, we hope you had a great time with us and will come back for another day trip soon.




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