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North of Salt Lake City Travel Guide

Planning Your Time

Either Ogden or Logan serves as a great base to begin your exploration of this corner of Utah. Both offer plenty of family-friendly and outdoor activities. Plan on a day in Ogden to check out the Salomon Center, Treehouse Museum, and Historic 25th Street. Head west on Route 83 to Golden Spike National Historic Site. If you've had your fill of railroad history, make your way to Honeyville for a cleanse at Crystal Hot Springs. Heading north to Logan, enjoy one of the region's more scenic drives, before settling into this college town with plenty to see both in town and on the Utah State University campus. Stock up on cheese, ice cream, and local produce before the leisurely drive up Logan Canyon to Bear Lake State Park, where boating, swimming, or lounging await you at Rendezvous Beach.

If it's wintertime, a few days is enough time to get a good sense of skiing in northern Utah. Pick from Wolf Mountain, Powder Mountain, and Snowbasin ski resorts. For a taste of what skiing was like before it became a rich person's sport, drive up to Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, or make a trip to Crystal Hot Springs to soak those tired muscles.

Small-Town Life

"Welcome to Utah; set your clocks back 50 years," the local kids say with a smirk, but in fact this is one of the charms of living here. With its friendly folk, low crime rate, and traditions dating back to the pioneers, Utah offers a glimpse of what the rest of the country was like during the Eisenhower years. Nowhere is this more evident than in the north, un-jaded as it is by either the tourist throngs of the south or the big-city problems that are starting to plague Ogden and Salt Lake. Although there is plenty to see and do on the tourist beat, you'll enjoy your stay even more if you mingle with the natives at one of the myriad town festivals that dot the calendar throughout the summer and fall, from Mendon's May Day to Paradise's Trout and Berry Days. Check the local newspapers and do a little time-traveling while you're here.

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