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Logan - Home of Utah State University

What was once a small agricultural town is now a bustling business center, home to multi-national companies, numerous recreation opportunities, a thriving arts community, and Utah State Univsersity.

Logan, Utah

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Logan is nestled in beautiful Cache Valley, a high mountain valley known for outdoor adventures, hands-on heritage experiences, and performing and fine arts. Cache is a French word meaning "to hide or store one's treasure." Come and discover your own. Downtown Logan is only a 5-minute drive from hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and birdwatching in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Visit American West Heritage Center's 160 acres of living history or enjoy the Cache Valley Food Tour to sample our famous fare. The city of Logan is home to Utah State University, whose alumni get their nickname, "Aggies," from the school's beginnings as an agricultural college. You'll also enjoy art galleries, specialty shops, Mormon pioneer architecture, community festivals, and live performances at the 1923 Ellen Eccles Theatre.

Logan Canyon
Drive Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway through dramatic limestone cliffs and forested canopies to the breathtaking turquoise waters of Bear Lake. For more information, visit www.tourcachevalley.com. The 41-mile Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway. This section of historic Highway 89 carves a winding path through 500 million years of breathtaking geology and national forest lands before hitting a summit pass approaching 8,000 feet.

Though there are lots of places to get out and stretch the legs, the Tony Grove area of Logan Canyon is a great start, where you can reserve a campsite and find accessible nature trails or more strenuous climbs to nearby peaks like the splendid Mount Naomi and the adjacent Mount Naomi Wilderness.

Bear Lake is at the end of the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Read more about that destination here

Culture and Heritage Activities
The Logan area has been ancestral hunting grounds of the Shoshoni Indians for thousands of years, mountain men in the 1820s, and was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s. The American West Heritage Center is a celebration of living history where experience activities that honor these groups and our agricultural heritage on their 1919 working farm.

Logan is home to great examples of early Mormon pioneer architecture, including the Temple and Tabernacle, historic courthouse and Old Main building on the campus of Utah State University. Stop by the Visitors Bureau in the 1882 courthouse for info on a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Logan, heritage driving tour, historic homes, heritage food tour, museums, and more.

Stroll the campus of Utah State University, nationally recognized for its education, food science and businesses, and aerospace programs. Logan also sits in the center of the Bear River Heritage Area, a six-county area that promotes local artisans, history, food, and businesses. Ellen Eccles Theatre, Caine Lyric Theatre, and USU's Performance Hall boast nationally and internationally touring productions year-round. During the summer months, Utah Festival Opera presents more than 100 events and, with all the arts in action, you'll see why Logan was once known as the Athens of the West. For more information, visit www.tourcachevalley.com.

Family Fun Adventures
Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge offers winter horse-drawn sleigh rides to view a herd of Rocky Mountain elk, BBQ dinners, a museum, and gift shop, Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Mile 22, East State Road 101, (435) 753-6206, www.hardwareranch.com.

At American West Heritage Center, you'll find Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers, and more, 4025 S. Highway 89/91, Wellsville, (800) 225-FEST, (435) 245-6050, www.awhc.org.

At Cache Valley Fun Park, try your hand at the 16-lane extreme bowling center, skate on Logan's state-of-the-art roller rink, play arcade games or a game of laser tag, 255 E. 1770 North, North Logan, (435) 792-4000, www.cachevalleyfunpark.com.

Skate George S. Eccles Ice Center, Cache Valley's Olympic-sized indoor ice rink, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan, (435) 787-2288, www.ecclesice.com.

You're all wet at Logan Aquatic Center where the outdoor swimming complex has a leisure pool, lap pool, diving well, and two water slides, 451 S. 500 West, Logan, (435) 716-9266, www.loganutah.org/parks_and_rec/aquatic_center/index.cfm.

Cache Valley Food Tour, contact Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, 199 N. Main Street, (435) 755-1890.  

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Alta Manor Suites
Anniversary Inn Logan
Beaver Creek Lodge
Best Western Baugh Motel
  • 153 South Main
  • Logan, UT 84321
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 435-752-5220
Best Western Weston Inn
Comfort Inn Logan
Crystal Inn Logan
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Logan Inn
Motel 6 Logan
Mt. Naomi Wilderness Area
Old Trapper Inn
  • 43 East 100 South
  • Logan, UT 84321
  • Region: Northern
  • Phone: 435-753-5602
Providence Inn B & B
Seasons at the Riter Mansion
Seasons at the Riter Mansion
Tony Grove Lake
  • 1500 East Hwy. 89
  • Logan, UT 84321
  • Region: Northern
University Inn

 


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