A picturesque, mountain-fringed town at the northernmost border of Utah, Logan is home to Utah State University and a friendly assortment of college students, professors, farming families, and outdoor recreation-loving folk. This mix makes the town as charming as it is interesting. It’s an unfussy and likable place where you can play in the mountains all day, then try famous local ice cream made with milk from local ranchers.
Rising above the town is one key canyon, Logan Canyon, and an array of smaller and less visited canyons. Logan Canyon is primetime for skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. This canyon also gives access to an amazing and large freshwater lake, Bear Lake, where families can hightail it out of the summer heat and enjoy some boating or fishing.
It’s hard to cram all of Logan’s lures into one visit, but here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a day or two there.
1. Hike the Wind Caves
Just ten minutes up Logan Canyon lies one of the must-do hikes: the Wind Caves. It logs 2 miles each way, ascending to some incredible wind-carved caverns and rock formations. Naturally the spot is fascinating for kids, but anyone can appreciate the interesting beauty of these caves. The views along the way can’t be beat, either.
2. Eat at the Bluebird Restaurant
Opened a century ago, this beloved mainstay still has its hand-painted murals and old-fashioned soda fountain popular in the 1920s. The restaurant is going strong today, thanks to its simple, classic American menu and small-town ambience.
3. Go for a Horseback Ride Up Logan Canyon
Get to know the canyon’s farther reaches and spend a little time getting to know some friendly horses too. The Beaver Creek Lodge up Logan Canyon will help you arrange a guided horseback ride or an off-road adventure in a RZR side-by-side (or, in the winter, snowmobiles), which is fun for both adults and kiddos. You can even spend the night there if you’re digging the cool mountain air.
4. Go to Caffe Ibis
Caffe Ibis is "the" coffee spot in town, and it’s so well liked that the shop sells its coffee throughout the rest of the country as well. The café itself is a funky little spot that dedicates itself to sustainable, fair business practices and very tasty food. They’re open for both breakfast and lunch, with yummy baked goods and exceptional sandwiches.
5. Have a Bike Ride and Bonfire in Green Canyon
Green Canyon is a quiet side-canyon just outside town, with one main bike trail ascending its center. It makes for a mellow and scenic ride or walk—and along the way you’ll pass Scout Cave, a particularly popular place to have a bonfire. We’d dare say the combo of a bike ride, fire, and maybe a couple of frosty beverages adds up to the perfect day.
6. Stroll Main Street
Logan’s Main Street feels like stepping back into a bygone era, but there are plenty of lively shops, cafes, and small local businesses humming right along. Take a few hours to stroll, window-shop, and choose where to duck in for lunch or dinner. Jack’s Wood-fired Pizza is one particular favorite, but possibly because you can never go wrong with pizza.
7. Hit Up the Gardeners Market on a Saturday Morning
This lively tradition is held each Saturday morning all summer at the Cache Historic Courthouse on 200 North and Main Street. The Cache Valley Gardeners Market is the place to try local produce, eats, and wares—usually with interesting art and music to boot. It’s a blast to wander, alone or with kids in tow.
8. Jump into Bear Lake
An hour up-canyon from Logan, Bear Lake is a great big blue lake with little towns surrounding. There are plenty of places to camp out, grab a bite from a local diner (be sure to have a raspberry shake), and rent watercraft and beach toys. For bonus fun, time your visit to coincide with their famous Raspberry Days festival, where the favorite local crop is celebrated (and eaten en masse).
9. Savor Local History at the American West Heritage Center
Get a sense of local heritage—pioneer, early trappers, and turn-of-the-century farming—at this family-friendly living history center. There are hands-on activities and costumed interpreters to help you step back in time. They have lots of seasonally themed events to try out, from Baby Animal Days in the spring to a Harvest Festival and Haunted Corn Maze in fall. You can also arrange for a bison tour with a wagon ride.
10. See a Live Performance
Logan has a long and impressive history supporting the arts, and visitors can take advantage of a variety of venues that offer live performances throughout the year. The Caine Lyric Theatre was built in 1913, and the building was beautifully refurbished in 2001. The theatre features a summer repertory season and additional performances throughout the year. The Cache Valley Center for the arts features three facilities—The Bullen Center, the Ellen Eccles Theatre, and the Thatcher-Young Mansion—that offer live theater and other artistic events.
Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.