Park City is a unique combination of easy access and remote appeal. At times you feel like you're hundreds of miles from the civilized world…yet you're just 35 easy miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport – an airport, we might mention, that plays host to 17 airlines and hundreds of daily scheduled flights. Park City's turn-of-the-century character, as established by silver miners of old, is alive and well. A simple stroll past the shops, galleries and restaurants on Historic Main Street is all it takes to bring back the romance of the Old West [Park City's History].
This year-round haven offers incredible skiing and boarding in the winter and endless recreational opportunities in the summer. Summer also brings cool, comfortable temperatures, a calendar full of concerts and events and wildflower-covered hills.
In the winter, whether you are cruising groomed trails, carving up a half-pipe, or cutting new powder, perfection is what everyone's after. Park City has three fantastic resorts—Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Combined, these offer over 9,000 skiable acres, 396 trails, 55 lifts and "The Greatest Snow On EarthTM." And it all revolves around one of the most charming, historic and diverse ski towns ever to make a name for itself.
Another popular venue in both winter and summer is the Utah Olympic Park. Here you can experience the incredible speed and g-forces of bobsled or individual rocket sled rides on the 1,335 meter bob/luge track. Or you can simply watch the athletes train or compete at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
If the truth were told, shopping would probably be right behind skiing and snowboarding in terms of popular activities. Park City's eclectic shopping features everything from designer boutiques to sportswear and handcrafted furniture to factory outlets.
Park City's recreational opportunities are almost abundant as the snow that falls on the winter slopes. Of course, skiing and snowboarding are some of the main attractions, but you will also find quality opportunities to golf, cross-country ski, bike, hike, horseback ride, fish, boat, and enjoy the wildlife.
With all respect to Mother Nature, the mountains aren't the only works of art you'll find in Park City. There is also a surprising abundance of the handmade variety. The town is overflowing with art galleries, music, dance, theater and just about every other worthwhile pursuit that you might find enjoyable.
However you spend your days, Park City activities are sure to work up an appetite. Park City cuisine is as diverse as the terrain, with a standard of quality that matches the lofty elevation. The locals know Park City as Utah's premier dining destination. From casual burgers to elegant gourmet, Park City restaurants are known nationally for fine cuisine and outstanding service.
Park City's reputation as a party-town may be one of their best-kept secrets. The false belief that Utah is a dry state seems to perpetuate the myth that we roll up the sidewalks after dark. Hardly. The sidewalks are usually covered with revelers after dark, bouncing from restaurant to bar. If it's nightlife you want, it's alive and well in Park City.
Once you get here, Park City's FREE citywide bus system can get you all about town. Or hop on the Main Street Trolley to get up and down Historic Main Street.
Information and photos courtesy of Park City Chamber of Commerce.
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