Junction City is a town located in Lane County, OR. It is a small town of approximately six thousand residents, living in a mostly rural area. It was named ‘Junction City’ by a railroad magnate Ben Holladay who planned to erect a railroad stop and thus connect the railroad coming from the west side and the east side from Willamette Valley. However, the west part of the railroad was not constructed according to Ben Holladay’s projects, so for a brief time Junction City was not a junction at all, but a stop. Later, though, the two main branches of Route 99, which divided Portland in half, reunited in Junction City and the town once again lived up to its name.
If you decide to book an RV rental near Junction City, you could be expecting a moderate and dry climate during summer and mild winter.
Located between the capital city of Salem, which is located some fifty miles north of Junction City, and Eugene, some 15 miles southeast, the town can offer a great getaway from the capital. Find a spot for your rental camper with great, picturesque scenery and get ready to relax and enjoy quality time with family.
The Great Outdoors
Home to the Scandinavian Festival, Junction City can offer quite a spectacle for anyone, regardless of whether you are knowledgeable in the awe-inspiring Viking culture or you simply wish to satisfy your curiosity. The annual event is one of the longest-running festivals in Oregon. You can participate in the festivities and dance with folk dancers or observe how handcrafted tools are made, similar to the ones the Vikings used, and much more. Many ensembles come from nearby cities, like Portland, or Seattle and do their best to show you the original Scandinavian dances. The festival is held in August and lasts for four days; each day is dedicated to one of the four Scandinavian countries – Norwegian Day, Swedish Day, Danish Day and Finnish Day, so you will see a large variety of culture, foods, and items being brought each day. Along with Vikings strolling around the town, you will also be able to witness various creatures from Norse mythology – trolls, elves, and even Valkyries. Worth mentioning is that there is neither entry fee nor entertainment fee if you wish to attend the festival, as visitors only pay for food, beverages, and crafted items they wish to purchase as souvenirs. It is a festival filled with various attractions you should not miss if you are coming to Junction City!
Also, many indigenous tribes were located in the vicinity of today’s Junction City before the settlers arrived, so naturally there are many trails and paths you can tread on and enjoy the beautiful scenery the town has to offer.
There are a few well-maintained RV parks in the vicinity of Junction City. The first one is Guaranty RV Travel Center and RV Park which offers both maintenance and RV space for your RV rental in Junction City vicinity. This RV Park is situated among the Willamette Valley wineries so it offers a nice variety of experiences both for your palate and your soul! Beyond the great location, the Guaranty RV Park boasts new campgrounds and is pet-friendly with a fenced dog park. You won’t have to leave your furry family member behind when you hop in your travel trailer rental and drive to Junction City to enjoy some peace and serenity. And the Scandinavian Festival!
Another RV Park you can visit with your rented RV is Kountry Village. Located just outside Junction City and a 10-minute drive from Eugene, the Kountry Village offers a fantastic location for leisure activities and recreation ranging from skiing to fishing. The RV Park is well maintained, pet-friendly, and situated so you can both have the benefits of a bigger city, Eugene, and enjoy the calm life of Junction City.
Just a 20-minute drive takes your to Eugene where you can find a Walmart Supercenter and all the shops you’ll need to get supplied. Right in Junction City are a couple of gas stations which are equipped to serve big rigs and regular camper rentals.
Exploring the City
Primarily, there are two museums you can visit while staying within the premises of Junction City – The Lee House Museum and the Pitney House Museum. Both of these museums are filled with mostly original furniture and serve to illustrate how the folks used to live in the days past, and are surely an attraction if you’d like to experience the spirit of Junction City. If you wish to explore the town further, the best way to go around is on foot. Junction City is, after all, a small town with a lot of history and culture to offer. The best way to take it all in is to simply park your RV rental in Junction City and walk and wander around.