Utah’s Heart of the Arts draws people here in the summer but also the outdoors

A listener asked last week “what specifically draws people to Cache Valley?” As the summer tourist season soon gets underway, KVNU’s For the People reached out to Julie Hollist-Terrell of the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau. She was a guest on Friday’s program.

“I wouldn’t say that there’s one specific thing but we certainly have those that are top draws to the area,” Hollist-Terrell explained. “That’s also reflected in what we do for marketing, so hopefully they have some parallel.

“But we call Logan ‘Utah’s Heart of the Arts’ especially in the summer time. Because we’ve got, as you know, the newly designated historic theatre district downtown.”

During the summer months, Hollist-Terrell said, the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre will have 154 events, the Tabernacle Concert Series will have 51 events, 35 performances at the Old Lyric Theatre and the classic film series at the Utah Theatre.

Despite the quality of the entertainment she said it’s really quite affordable for locals and visitors alike. Hollist said as far as things to do there’s also the great outdoors.

“We’re also really well-known for our accessibility to the outdoors…to the forests. Within 10 minutes from downtown, you can be up fishing or you can be hiking.”

She said in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest we have 26 trailheads and 290 miles of trails just in the Bear River range of mountains. The visitor’s bureau is located in the historic courthouse at 199 N. Main in Logan where you’ll find many brochures on what to do in the valley and the surrounding area. Their website is ExploreLogan.com.

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