Discover amazingly active family vacations on Utah's Bear Lake Discover amazingly active family vacations on Utah's Bear Lake


Northern Utah is made for active family vacations and Springhill Suites by Marriott in Logan - part of the incredible Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels and resorts - is the perfect base. We invited travel influencer and Utah local, Devon Gibby (dadndaddies) and his sons to visit this July; enjoy the resort, catch up with his extended family and share some insider info on everything from Bear Lake beaches to the greatest raspberry shakes in Garden City.

Why choose Northern Utah for active family vacations?

Northern Utah is a place I've gone to since I was a kid myself. Being from Southern Idaho, I spent so many summers of my youth camping, hiking, and boating there, and now I visit it frequently with my two sons. In addition to being just over an hour north of our home in Salt Lake City, it's close to family. We spent this staycation enjoying the outdoors as well as reconnecting with my many relatives that I haven't been able to see for over a year.

Springhill Suites by Marriott welcomes adventurous families

Springhill Suites by Marriott in Logan was the perfect place to stay while we were there. It is located right along the picturesque Logan River, with plenty of nearby walking trails and shade-filled parks. Our room's view to the mountains was definitely a plus as well. My kids love the spacious rooms and breakfast (so glad hot hotel breakfasts are back again!) I really appreciated the comfortable beds after a day of activities.

In Logan there's plenty of coffee shops, a crepery, and a generous amount of soda and cookie shops (a quirky Utah obsession). If you want a delectable local meal, check out Herm's Inn, Morty's Cafe, or Angie's Diner. On this trip however, we set our sights on the Bear Lake area, just under an hour's drive up the scenic Logan Canyon.

What to do on and around Bear Lake on active family vacations

If you're into cycling, Northern Utah is for you. There's something for bikers of all expertise. Logan Canyon is filled with trails for daring mountain bikers, and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Logan River Trail give you plenty of  great views and a feel for the area. Garden City on the west side of Bear Lake has a nice paved trail that is perfect for cruising around with my kids and their cousins.
With a record-breaking heat wave going on, we made sure to get a beach day at Rendezvous Beach, on the south end of Bear Lake. It can be crowded in the summer, but there was plenty of room for me and my dozens of relatives to set up shelter in the sand for the day. We enjoyed some paddle boarding and even rented a jet ski. Bouncing off the waves of the Caribbean-blue waters of the lake is a perfect way to create memories with the kiddos.
One thing Garden City is known for is raspberries. There's several fast-food places that proudly advertise their famous raspberry shakes, and in August every year there's a Raspberry Days festival. You can't leave without trying them, so we got our berry flavored brain freeze at LeBeau's.
The winding drive back to the hotel at the end of the day gives you an appreciation for how close you are to so many outdoor adventures here in Utah. Proximity to family as well as the mountains, canyons, and lakes are the reasons why I make Utah my home.

Planning active family vacations this summer and beyond? Take a look at the incredible Marriott Bonvoy collection of family-friendly hotels and resorts across the US and Canada. And if you want know more about active family vacations at Springhill Suites by Marriott check out Devon Gibby and family on Instagram!


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