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Logan (Utah)

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Logan[1] is a fair-sized town and is growing rapidly, located in the Wasatch Front region of northern Utah. The town is home to Utah State University, a state school with approximately 23,000 students. Logan offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including some excellent hiking, mountain biking, sport climbing, kayaking, fly-fishing, and skiing. Luckily, Logan remains relatively undiscovered, so many of these activities can be experienced in far less crowded conditions than those found in other, similar areas of the US.

Understand

Climate

The weather in Cache Valley can be crazy and unpredictable. Winters are usually at the coldest during December and January. The temperature regularly goes below freezing and sometimes drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Some years you can get half a foot of snow overnight, while other years it hardly snows at all. Spring and Fall are the most comfortable seasons, ranging from perfect temperature to slightly chilly and needing a jacket. During the Summer it can get very hot. It can be 70 degrees Fahrenheit one week, and above 100 degrees the next. The weather can take a while to get used to, but the constantly gorgeous nature in Logan will make it much easier.

Get in

Drive north on I-15 from Salt Lake City. Take exit 362 (Brigham City), and follow US 89/91 through the mountains (unofficially referred to as Sardine Canyon) into Cache Valley. US 89 and 91 split in downtown Logan. US 89 heads east through scenic Logan Canyon to Bear Lake, a popular tourist destination, while US 91 heads north into Idaho. A regional airport also serves Logan although no commercial commuter flights are available at this time.

Get around

Driving, riding the bus, walking, and cycling are convenient ways to get around town. Free municipal buses serve Logan and surrounding communities with a simple route system that radiates out from the transit center every half hour. All buses are equipped to carry two or three bicycles. Main Street is heavily used and often congested but parallel streets often provide faster access within Logan. Utah State University, on the east side of town, sits on the Provo Bench of ancient Lake Bonneville, about 250 feet higher than downtown Logan. This elevation difference is a major deterrent to non-motorized transportation. Streets throughout the old grid part of town are wide, thanks to the admonition of Brigham Young to lay out early Utah cities with streets wide enough to turn a double-team of horses and a buck-board around, so there is plenty of room for cyclists.

See

  • Willow Park. Located in Southwest Logan. Willow Park is huge and a great place for picnics or to take the kids. It has three different playgrounds and a zoo with a wide variety of species. It's also right next to the Aquatic Center (the largest public swimming pool in the valley), Logan's only skate park, and the Fairgrounds, where the Fair takes place at the end of every August.
  • Logan Canyon. Located along US 89 northeast of Logan, Logan Canyon is a long, scenic canyon that offers numerous hiking and camping opportunities. Tony Grove, near the summit, is among the most popular camping area, and marks the beginning of several trails. Beaver Mountain, further up the canyon, is the local ski area. Logan Canyon itself is very scenic, and offers spectacular fall colors that rival those of New England. During winter, temperatures are excessively cold and the road may be closed at any time due to heavy snow. Numerous sinks lie near Logan Canyon, and these areas are popular for snowmobiling. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Utah was in Peter's Sink, near Logan Canyon, a frigid -69°F (-56°C). Cave exploring and rock-climbing are also popular activities in Logan Canyon.
  • Logan Tabernacle. Found on Center and Main of downtown Logan, this building and surrounding landscaping is worth a glance. A monument heralding Mormon pioneers lies in the northwest corner. Check for details on tours.
  • Logan Temple. The second temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints finished in the Utah dominates the Cache Valley skyline day and night. Well tended gardens and unique architecture are worth a close look. Be aware that only members of the church can enter the temple itself.

Do

Hike the Wind Caves trail. 2.6 mile round trip, 900' elevation gain. The trail winds up the north side of Logan Canyon, through maple groves, to a small formation of caves and arches. Offers a beautiful view down into the canyon as well. Trailhead is ~5 miles up US 89 into Logan Canyon, located on the north side of the road opposite Guinavah-Malibu Campground.

Hike the Naomi Peak trail. 5.8 mile round trip, 1980' elevation gain. Naomi Peak (9980’) is the highest point in the Bear River Range. The trail leads through meadows full of wildflowers to the peak, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and of the Cache Valley. Trailhead is located at Tony Grove Lake. Take US 89 approximately 19 miles up Logan Canyon to the Tony Grove turnoff. The lake (and trailhead) are 7 miles from US 89.

See also Cache Trails, an online copy of a local trail guide (http://www.logannature.org/cache_trails/canyontrails/), and CacheTrails.org, website for the local trail maintenance organization (http://www.cachetrails.org/)

Buy

  • Cache Valley Mall, the one place where you can do all kinds of shopping. Has all the famous chain stores and during season times you get great sales and deals. Stores include Pac Sun, Zumiez, Vanity, EB Games, Hot Topic, JC Penny's, American Eagle, and Dillards.

Eat

Restaurants

  • Angies, 690 North Main - "where the locals eat" - ask about the "kitchen sink" for dessert.
  • Blue Sage, 875 South Main (in Smithfield), (435) 563-5652, [2]. A southwestern bistro with some of the best food in Cache Valley, located north along US 91 in Smithfield.
  • Cafe Sabor, 600 W Center St, (435) 752-8088. Very good Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant. Located in a former railway station.
  • Hamiltons Steak & Seafood, 2427 N. Main Street, 435-787-8450. Good steak and seafood in an elegant setting.
  • Le Nonne, 132 N. Main St, (435) 752-9577. Great Italian cuisine with a good selection of wines! This restaurant recently moved to a new location on 100 E, just around the corner from Caffè Ibis. The new location is a beautiful old house that has been converted into a restaurant, and includes a tranquil, tree-shaded outdoor dining area. Highly recommended!
  • Kyoto Sushi (Previously named "Tanpopo"), 55 W 1000 N. Fine Japanese food in the heart of the Cache Valley. The Shogun platter is highly recommended.
  • Indian Oven, 1000N 700E, Offers delicious Indian food. Opt for menu items instead of the buffet.
  • Kamin Thai Cuisine 51 West 200 South. Authentic Thai food in a great atmosphere. Very good food.
  • Sweetly Divine 1309 N Main St. Incredible pastries, sweets, and desserts. They also have good salads, soups, and sandwiches.

Coffee Shops

  • Caffè Ibis, 52 Federal Ave (in downtown Logan), [3]. Offers excellent organic, shade-grown coffee, as well as sandwiches and wraps fresh from the deli. Every now and then it features a live local band.
  • Citrus and Sage, (in downtown Logan). Across the street from Caffè Ibis is Citrus and Sage, a cozy coffee shop with a relaxing atmosphere. Also has free Wi-Fi and a small selection of books you can borrow for free.

Drink

  • The White Owl. Located on Center St just west of Main St, has a good selection of beers from inside and outside of Utah. During the summer the upstairs deck offers fresh air, good company, and a view of the Wellsville Mountains to the west.

Sleep

  • Best Western Baugh Motel, 153 S Main Street, +1 435 752-5220, Toll-free: +1 800 462-4154, Fax: +1 435 752-3251, [4].
  • Best Western Weston Inn, 250 N Main Street, +1 435 752-5700, Toll-free: +1 800 532-5055, Fax: +1 435 752-9719, [5].
  • Hampton Inn, 1665 North Main Street, 435-713-4567, Fax: 435-713-4568
  • University Inn at Utah State University. Best place to sleep if you are on university business as it is right in the heart of the campus.

Get out

To get out of Logan, you can simply backtrack south on US 89-91 through Sardine Canyon and Brigham city to I-15, or you can continue northward on US 91 through Preston, ID, and eventually return to I-15 about 33 miles south of Pocatello, ID.

You can also head west on 200 North/UT-30. 20 miles to I-15.


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