From many spots around Cache Valley you can see two major landmarks that define Logan, and are unavoidably intertwined. The "A" on top of Old Main at Utah State University, and the Logan Temple. Both are located on hills, so as to be easily seen throughout the area. The "A" in particular can be seen from miles away, shining blue on special nights to let the locals know if the football team managed to pull out the victory. This was installed in 1909, well before the locals would be able to quickly check their smart phones to determine the score of the game. Back in those days, both the university and the temple were young. The temple was dedicated in 1884, by John Taylor, the 3rd president of the church. And the university was founded just a few short years later, in 1888.
The Logan Utah Temple was the 2nd operating temple in the whole church, after St. George, and Logan became a place that housed many prominent LDS leaders. Ezra Taft Benson began his college career at Utah State. Hugh B. Brown and David B. Haight also attended. And three current members of the Quorum of the Twelve graduated from USU: Quentin L. Cook, L. Tom Perry and Boyd K. Packer.
Though Logan and the surrounding areas have grown a lot recently (almost 25% growth from 2000 to 2010), Logan still has a small town feel. A good portion of the main businesses of the city reside along it's bustling Main Street, and once you get away from there, the town is generally quiet and serene. Be sure to visit the Utah State campus, get yourself some famous Aggie Ice Cream, and maybe catch a basketball game at the Spectrum. If it's warm, you can relax on the Quad and watch the students hurry from building to building.
Head into town for some fantastic pizza at Firehouse Pizzeria, or great Mexican food at Cafe Sabor. You can't leave town without at least picking up some chocolates at The Bluebird. Or, if you are feeling fancy, live it up at Elements, just alongside the scenic Logan River.
Keep the kids entertained by visiting Willow Park, playing on the playground for a bit, then walking through the Willow Park Zoo. Or head down the road a bit to the American West Heritage Center for a slice of living history. If you are looking for something fun during the winter, head up Blacksmith Fork Canyon for a sleigh ride at Hardware Ranch, where you can have a close encounter with a herd of elk. And if you are there during the summer, grab your beach towels and head to the north shore of Bear Lake for fun in the sun and laying out on the beach.
The Logan Temple may be off the beaten path (as far as Utah temples go, anyway), but you'll find that the quiet charm of the city, and the chance to see the second oldest temple still in use today, makes Logan a worthy detour on your trip to visit Utah's temples.