Utah June 10, 2017
The Mid-Sized Utah Town With A Hometown Feel
At Only In Utah, we love to write about the Beehive State’s small towns. We’ve written about
15 slow-paced small towns, 10 of the most beautiful and charming small towns, and even recently created a road trip that takes you through some of Utah’s most underappreciated small towns.
But Utah’s small towns aren’t the only charming spots in the state! Some of our mid-sized cities are just as adorable – with tree-lined streets, family-owned businesses and a welcoming, hometown feel. Check out this city in northern Utah – you just might fall in love.
Logan was founded in 1859 when Brigham Young sent a party up north to see if it was a viable site for a fort.
Today, this pretty little city has about 51,000 residents...
...and the Logan metropolitan area has around 131,354, according to the U.S. Census.
Main Street is the kind of place where you can stroll along, shopping at local businesses and dining at local cafes.
Many of the original buildings still have thriving businesses in them. There's definitely a sense of history in this town.
For a blast from the past, stop in for a treat at the Bluebird Cafe. It opened in 1923 at 19 North Main Street, and still has its original soda fountain counter.
Even the government buildings in Logan are friendly - the courtyard at the City Building is like a little garden.
The Logan Tabernacle was built in 1881, and serves as a community gathering place for Mormons and non-Mormons alike. The tabernacle hosts free concerts, art lectures and is the site of the Logan Summer Art Faire.
The annual Logan Summer Arts Faire celebrates local artists, and brings families from all over the Cache Valley. This year's event takes place on the Tabernacle grounds June 15-17.
Just like in any hometown across America, kids in Logan learn to swim at the aquatic center.
There's plenty of green space to play in.
Utah State University was founded here in 1888, and has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. It's Utah's largest residential campus, with 18,000 students living either in dorms or nearby housing.
USU provides much more than education to young adults - it provide plenty of community activities, too. If you live in Logan, there's no finer football team.
And of course, you haven't lived until you've tried Aggie Blue Mint - the signature ice cream at the campus creamery.
If the city itself isn't enough, take a look at the gorgeous Bear River mountains that tower over the Cache Valley. This valley might be home to more than 100,000 people, but it still has a rural, hometown feel.
Logan is one of my favorite cities in the Beehive State! What’s your favorite thing about Logan?