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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

48 Hours of Fun on a Budget in Logan, Utah

In this blog series I show you how easy it is to budget travel anywhere and I also give you a quick overview of a new city each time in a brief 48-hour itinerary.

You may not have heard of Logan, Utah, because it’s not as popular as other cities or Utah just isn’t on your radar for vacation destinations, but it’s one to definitely consider. It has beautiful landscape and is full of things to do for everyone in the family. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, a group, a family or on your own, you definitely won’t be bored. Maybe you only have a weekend to spare. Here’s how I would suggest spending two days in Logan.

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Day 1
Let’s assume you got in last night, so you can get up and grab a delicious organic, fair-trade coffee drink and breakfast made with fresh and seasonal ingredients at Caffe Ibis. Expect to spend around $30 for two for breakfast.

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Once you’re fortified for the morning, visit Willow Park Zoo. This is a hidden gem that won’t take a majority of the day to explore. There are just over a dozen mammals, 10 reptiles/amphibians and many bird species. The zoo has a park-like atmosphere and has a lot of shady areas. It’s great for those with children or those that just love animals. Admission is just $3 per person ($2 for children 3-11).

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Take some time to wander the historic downtown area of Logan and take in the turn-of-the century homes and buildings. If you’re into architecture, this is a perfect opportunity to get a lot of great photos of design and features you enjoy. Logan has a fun variety of shops, including vintage, clothing and gifts.

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When hunger strikes in between enjoying the quaint downtown scene and ducking into shops, check out the Bluebird Restaurant for lunch. This local favorite has a little bit of everything in a vintage soda fountain diner that’s been a staple of the community since 1914. You can order anything from a Caesar salad and Reuben sandwich to fresh trout and chicken fried steak. The most expensive thing on the menu is $15, with everything else around $8. Plan to spend $25 per couple.

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Head to the USU Campus and take a self-guided sculpture walking tour. You can download a map and take one of three different routes where you can view a number of the 40+ sculptures done in different styles, from modern to abstract. You can also walk the campus to admire the historical buildings. Walking tours are free.

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Splurge on a fun meal from Kabuki Japanese Restaurant where you can order sushi, udon, yakisoba and other Japanese favorites. You’ll be able to sit and relax while recharging from you day out walking. A meal for 2 will run you in the range of $40 for 2.

Head back to your room to get ready for your day tomorrow or catch a movie at one of the first-run theaters in town and then get a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2
Start the day off with a hearty breakfast from Center Street Grill. Voted “Best Breakfast” in Logan, they offer pancakes, breakfast burritos and a variety of platters that are large enough to split between two. A meal for two can run around $20.

Jump in the car and take the Cache Valley Historic Driving Tour. It runs more than 50 miles and takes you through 28 cities and towns. You can pick up a tour map at the Visitor’s Center, or download one before your trip. You’ll learn the history of the valley and its people. This’ll only cost you gas and whatever you pick up for lunch. We’ll plan for $30 for two.

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Time to grab an early dinner and take in a show. Get a table at The Beehive Grill where you can indulge if you’re a vegetarian or a carnivore. Choose from soups, salads and pastas or opt for a meat-friendly meal like their root beer BBQ chicken or a pub burger. Complement your meal with a beer from Moab Brewery. Now, get a bit more culture by getting tickets to a show, like Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at the 1923 Ellen Eccles Theatre Center. Dinner will cost you between $30 and $45 for two, while a ticket to a fun performance is quite budget-friendly, starting at around $15 each.

It’ll be late, so you will probably want to head back and pack for your trip home tomorrow. If you do everything on this itinerary, you’re looking at approximately $215 for two people – a little more if you catch that movie on Day 1. You can always make it cheaper by eating more affordably, but I love trying the local faves when I travel.

Logan, Utah is a great year-round destination. These are just some of the things you can do on your visit. Summer is their busy season and they offer tons of hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. You can ski and hit the hot springs in the winter and golf and camp in the warmer months. No matter what kind of traveler you are, you can find plenty to satisfy you in Logan and the Cache Valley. For more ideas, check out Visit Logan.

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