From the moment you witness the wondrous Wasatch Range, Park City captivates and enthralls the adventurous spirits. Situated 32 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Park City is primarily known as a winter wonderland, but travelers should note this spectacular town is a four-season destination.
Situated at over 7,000 feet, Park City is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Meandering along the main thoroughfare into downtown is a bike path that brings a Swiss feel to this Utah destination. As visitors wind their way through green pastures, it is difficult not to be taken in by the rustic charm that emanates from this mountain town.
One of the most iconic Park City landmarks is a sight to behold as you snake your way through the gently rolling hills. Viewing the McPolin Farm transports Park City visitors to a dream-like vision of the past.
World-class skiing abounds in the area. Park City and Canyons resorts merged several years ago, creating the largest ski resort in the United States. With trails to fit the needs of novices to experts, this vast resort is sure to please all skiers.
Less than two miles from downtown Park City, Deer Valley is an upscale resort that combines the beautiful scenery and incredible amenities with challenging terrain that will delight skiers of various levels. In the summer, Deer Valley and Park City resorts are open for a variety of entertainment for the whole family, including world-class downhill mountain biking trails with amazing views.
Park City also boasts an alpine slide and coaster, chairlift rides, and numerous hiking trails, making this resort a fun summer destination for the whole family.
Downtown Park City is a shopper’s paradise. Well-kept streets lined with colorful flowers, fantastic restaurants, whimsical art, galleries, outdoor outfitters, and glamorous shops provide visitors with an abundance of dining and entertainment options.
Visitors will notice the whimsical and historical statues strewn about town and the galleries and other homages to the arts.
Sightseers may want to explore some side streets as they may recognize works created by the famous English-based street artist known as Banksy.
In the heart of downtown, the Egyptian Theater’s unique design has a fascinating history—with its creation centering around the worldwide fascination with King Tut a few years before its initial opening in 1929. The theater is also one of the oldest and most recognizable venues for the Sundance Film festival held each January in Park City. Founded in 1978, the festival draws large crowds, including many celebrities, as it is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
While numerous delicious restaurant choices are available for travelers, 501 Main and 350 Main are two delectable options in the heart of downtown. Pink Elephant coffee provides delightful pour-over coffee, while Java Cow is a family-friendly stop with tasty coffee and ice cream options surrounded by an eclectic mix of items for shoppers looking for unusual souvenirs.
Book lovers will want to stop at Atticus Coffee, Books, and Tea House and Dolly’s Bookstore as they both provide charming options for the traveling logophiles.
There are many food choices and shopping opportunities outside of the downtown area, with a large complex of upscale outlets and additional shopping centers, the retail and food selections in Park City are outstanding. Blind Dog Restaurant and Tarahumara are two of the numerous options for delicious food outside of the downtown core.
For the winter sports lovers, Park City is a must-see as it was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah Olympic Park is an entertaining experience for visitors of all ages. From watching talented skiers practice ski jumping, to ropes courses, chairlift rides, and a museum dedicated to the history of skiing, Utah Olympic Park is an exciting stop within Park City.
Visitors may want to venture to some of the nearby pristine lakes and mountain peaks surrounding Park City. These beautiful natural wonders are encapsulated by mountains that reach over 12,000 feet in elevation, leaving travelers in awe of mother nature.
Park City, Utah, is a wonderland for travelers of all kinds. From the outdoor adventures in any season to the upscale shopping and restaurants downtown to the fantastic scenery and amazing big skies, it is hard to go wrong with a visit to this beautiful destination.
Where might one get more information about the surrounding area? I’m an avid nature photographer and will be heading to park city Utah at the end of the month for a 1 week stay. Love any advise. Loved the nature pics absolutely beautiful
What great photos…I’ve seen many of those spots firsthand and these photos do them justice!! Thank you for the glowing report for Park City! There really is so much to do in that area at all times of the year!
Looks absolutely stunning and there’s so much to do there – from sports to art to nature. Wonderful!