By Eric Forrest
Less than an hour from Salt Lake City sits one of the most picturesque towns in America! And with direct flights between Toronto and Salt Lake City going out almost daily, Park City, Utah is an easy trip to make with boundless activities for people of all ages!
The downtown core is filled with rich history and is something to see in itself. The main street is brimming with buildings from the 19th century silver mining boom. It is still reminiscent of an old mining town to this day – but with a modern flair. The main street is lined with shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, adventure companies and more. Set among the Wasatch Mountain range, the town is surrounded by snow-capped mountains ensuring no matter what you are there for, your view is spectacular.
Hit the slopes
Skiing is the most popular activity in Park City and the main reason tourists flock to this town each winter. It’s home to two of the top ski resorts in the US – Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort. This area was even used for a portion of the 2002 Winter Olympics so you know it’s good! You can still visit the Olympic park and check out the bobsled tracks, ski jumps and an Olympic museum. Some people will argue that this region is home to some of the best snow in the country. The droves of people continuing to visit year after year seemingly validate that theory. Park City Resort is built around the ski and snowboard lifestyle, and even has a lift that starts right from the centre of town. This makes its abundance of runs easily accessible for everyone in town.
Dining & Apres
When it comes to après, Park City is not lacking in places to unwind after a long day on the hill. One of the most popular places to indulge whether you skied all day or not is High West Distillery. Fun fact – this is the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the prohibition! They have a ski-in saloon located on the main strip of town offering tours along with a wide range of classic American foods and their own signature whiskey.
If you’re looking for fine dining, check out Riverhorse on Main, Yuki Yama for sushi or Davanza’s for burgers or pizza. Another popular local spot is the Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City which offers locally made beer and pub fare. It is also known for it’s annual world record attempt at the longest shot-ski. Each year they line up a massive ski over 2000 feet long filled with shots of their ale. In the past more than 1000+ participants drank said ale at the same time.
“Calling all movie buffs!”
For two weeks in January each year, Park City becomes host to the world famous Sundance Film festival. Catch a glimpse of famous actors in town screening their independent films. Everyone from A-list directors to movie buffs will fill the city for this annual event. If you’ve never been it is definitely worth seeing! This is arguably the busiest week of the year so be sure to book lodging and dining well in advance.
Of course Park City is also beautiful in the summer. There are plenty of activities to do including fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, golfing and mountain biking! But if you want to truly embrace the spirit of Park City, I would recommend visiting this spectacular place during the winter!
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