I became a fan of Utah (yes, the entire state) soon after moving to Colorado in 1994. The sandstone bluffs, redrock landscapes and wide-open spaces were nothing like I’d ever seen growing up on the East Coast. We’ve made frequent visits to Utah since having children, mainly to the national parks, and I’m indeed a fan of skiing the Utah slopes in the winter months. While I haven’t been to Logan, Utah, it certainly sounds like quite the mecca for outdoor recreation for families, as well as a fun spot to visit for foodies. Here are a few things that most intrigue me about Logan and Cache Valley, in Northern Utah, an hour and a half from Salt Lake City:
Logan Canyon and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway is 43 miles of uncrowded scenery through unspoiled Logan Canyon. In the summer months, the drive features scenes of dramatic limestone cliffs, colorful fields of wildflowers, and the Logan River on the way to the breathtaking waters of Bear Lake. Less than 10 minutes from Logan is the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, where families can hike, mountain bike, canoe, fish, bird watch and rock climb (plus ski and snowmobile). I love that nature’s beauty and so many opportunities for outdoor adventures are at visitors’ fingertips in and around Logan.
An Array of Hot Springs
We certainly didn’t have any natural hot springs to soak in when I was a kid in New Hampshire, but my own children who have grown up out West have learned to understand that after a day of playing in the outdoors, one of the best things you can do to soothe sore muscles is soak in a natural mineral pool. Public hot springs can be found within 30 minutes of downtown Logan, with others a bit farther afield.
American West Heritage Center
My high-schoolers may not be the demographic for this 160-acre living history center, but it sounds like elementary- and middle-school aged children would get a kick out of the American West Heritage Center — having fun and not realizing they’re learning, too. Dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of the Old West from 1820 to 1920, this living-history attraction offers hands-on learning experiences as visitors interact with mountain men, farmers, and pioneers dressed in period costume. You can see their small herd of bison too. The welcome center features historical exhibits, spacious restroom facilities, and a spectacular view of the Wellsville Mountains.
Cache Valley Food & Signature Products Tour
A variety of different foods are made in the Logan area. You can take a self-guided food tour of food production facilities to sample and purchase cheese (Gossner Cheese is the largest Swiss cheese manufacturer in the nation), ice cream (Utah State University has been selling ice cream commercially since the 1920s, plus there’s Casper’s Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches and Premium Creamies, as well), internationally renowned Caffe Ibis coffee, and Cox Honey from fourth-generation beekeepers. U-pick fruit farms all you to return home with fresh berries in season, and one of my very favorite cookies is made in the Logan area: Pepperidge Farm Mint Milanos! Purchase factory-fresh cookies at the Utah location at discounted prices.
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