There are many reasons to love Park City, Utah. From year-round activities to great food, to Historic Main Street. If that wasn’t enough, unlike many mountain towns, Park City is easily accessible from the Salt Lake Airport. Just a quick 35-minute drive through the scenic Wasatch Mountains and you arrive in Park City ready for fun and relaxation. I’ll admit even though I live in Salt Lake City I will find a few times throughout the year to visit Park City. A quick trip up Parleys Canyon and a beautiful Park City rental property make for an unparallel weekend getaway.
Park City is home to world-class ski resorts, from the luxurious Deer Valley to Park City Mountain which is the largest ski resort in the United States. Park City ski resorts are known for the “best snow on earth”, it is even stamped on Utah license plates. But skiing is not the only winter activities to be enjoyed. There is dogsledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing just to name a few.
Not a winter person? Park City has you covered. There are endless outdoor activities to keep you moving during the summer. One of the most popular summer sports is mountain biking. The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) named Park City the first Gold Level Rider Center with 450 miles of Gold Level trails. After the snow has melted, both Deer Valley and Park City Resort ramp up for the biking season with custom trails and bike attachments on ski lifts to make light work out of the uphill battle.
If propelling yourself down a mountain on a bicycle is not in your wheelhouse (it’s definitely not in mine), then you may find the numerous hikes in Park City to be your idea of fun. Hikes in Park City range from sunny to shady, steep to gentle inclines, short distance to all-day, and everything in between. When hiking season is first getting started and the mornings are still a little chilly, I like to hike the PC hill. It gets a lot of sunshine which is nice on the cool mornings, it is also a shorter hike but has decent vertical. It’s a great way to warm up the legs and lungs at the beginning of the hiking season.
After a day of outdoor fun, there is no place better to relax, get some food and drinks than Historic Main Street. Lined with dozens of restaurants, shops, and art galleries there is something for everyone. Be sure to visit some of the Park City staples including the Riverhorse and No Name Saloon. It is no secret that Park City is loved by residents and tourists alike. In 2016 TravelandLeisure.com ranked Park City #1 on their list of America’s Favorite Mountain Towns. For year-round fun in a beautiful mountain setting, nothing compares to Park City.