Logan is, simply put, Utah’s best kept secret. Why more people aren’t flocking here each year is a mystery but also a treat for those who’ve discovered what a gem the town is. Logan is a small town with big city appeal. Rooted heavily in farming and agriculture, it has a population with a deep sense of honesty and hard work. At the same time, it’s one of the most cultured and educated towns in the state. From Utah State University to the myriad theaters, galleries, and museums, Logan will redefine your idea of small-town America.
Things to see
Founded in 1888, Utah State University has been the intellectual hub of the county for decades. Located near the east of Logan, it constitutes what most locals consider to be the city’s center. Attend conferences, take classes, or simply tour the campus’ gorgeous grounds.
It’s no secret that Logan, and most of Utah, is proud of its religious foundations. The Logan Utah Temple is a manifestation of this pride. Standing on a raised piece of land, it watches over the city’s inhabitants and cannot be missed. Made from limestone and five stories high, the temple makes its mark.
But Logan’s top sights are not all manmade. Logan Canyon is a stunning draw just northeast of the city. Many visitors are attracted by the host of adventure sports that takes place here, from rock-climbing and skiing to fishing and camping.
Willow Park Zoo is a wonderful place to take the entire family. Home to a variety of species housed in indoor and outdoor enclosures, the zoo is open for tours most days of the week.
Hotels in Logan
If you’re on the hunt for budget accommodation, Logan is probably not the best place for you. Rates here are reasonable and services are up there in the big leagues, but backpacker hostels and communal living arrangements don’t feature on Logan’s hotel landscape.
If you are willing to dig a teeny bit deeper into your pockets, you’ll find that Logan is an extremely welcoming place. Independently-owned bed-and-breakfasts show visitors traditional Utah hospitality, converted inns offer home style comforts with a refined edge, and the many large hotel chains in the city live up to their reputations of providing affordable, world-class services.
Where to stay
Many visitors like to be based in the downtown area of Logan for two reasons. First, it’s the city’s historical core, with much of Logan’s appeal coming from its rich history, colonial architecture, and old-town finishings. Second, downtown is home to the commercial district, which translates into some of the best shopping, the tastiest eating, and the widest living options in the city.
Head east and you’ll be greeted by Cliffside and the university area. There are a few options here, especially in the vein of reasonably-priced accommodations which are popular with students.
To the south you’ll hit the Logan River. Neighborhoods here are mostly residential but there are a few hotels and inns.
How to get to Logan
The main airport in Logan is Logan-Cache Airport but it’s not open to commercial use. Travelers who choose to fly into the region will need to land at Salt Lake City Airport, the nearest gateway at a 1 hour, 30 minute drive to the south.
If you are coming from Salt Lake City, there are a couple of overland options. You could rent a car and drive to Logan via the I-15 or ride on a local bus. There are many great bus companies, such as Greyhound, which make this relatively short journey.