The Brigham City Temple was the second temple dedicated by President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but it was likely the one closest to his heart. As a child, living in Brigham City, President Packer attended Central Elementary School, located on the spot where the temple sits today. Both he and his wife, Donna, are natives of Brigham City. The temple is built facing the old Brigham City Tabernacle, which has been a city landmark since 1897. Together they sit at the highest point of Brigham City Main Street, easily visible from many places around the city.
Brigham City is a small town, with a population of only about 18,000. Originally called Box Elder, likely because of the specific type of maple tree which only grows in certain parts of Utah. The name was changed shortly after the death of Brigham Young, in his honor. The city is most well known for its Peach Days Festival, which happens in early fall. During this festival, the city hosts visitors equal to nearly three times the city's total population.
While enjoying the Peach Days, you can also visit some of the natural wonders in the area. The area to the north of the Great Salt Lake is a haven for millions of birds, which you can see by visiting the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Or just relax near the lake, and have some fun in Willard Bay State Park. If it is too cold to dip into the fresh waters of Willard Bay, you could instead enjoy the naturally warm waters of Crystal Hot Springs, which is open year round. If you just need somewhere to hang out and have fun for a couple of hours, try Brigham City's Family Fun Center for some bowling or miniature golf.
Once you've worked up an appetite, you can't leave the Brigham City area without eating at Maddox, the area's most well-known restaurant. It's a meat-lovers paradise. But there are plenty of other places to get a good meal. Try some down-home fast food at the Dixie Grill, or get a giant shake at Peach City. If you feel like heading south of the border, Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant serves up great food, or you can get something light and fresh at the Old Grist Mill.