The quaint mountain town in eastern Utah is best known as one of the country’s top destinations for skiing, but is so much more that it’s not a surprise it attracts 600,000 people annually. Popular for holding the annual Sundance Film Festival, cinephiles, Hollywood elites, and pleasure seekers flock to Park City’s historic Main Street all year round to enjoy its plentiful dining and shopping. It also offers a multitude of other outdoors and wellness opportunities in its laid-back Western setting.
Base yourself at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City, which offers dedicated gondolas to Canyons Village, a heated (89°F) outdoor pool, in-room fireplaces and spa. Hit the trails and slopes — nearly 400 miles of them — at Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Olympic Park. Hit up “The Comet” — one of the longest bobsled rides in the world at Utah Olympic Park. Book a table near the kitchen to watch the action at Firewood Restaurant. Shop for souvenirs, casual and high end apparel, and art on historic Main Street.
Skiing is king at the popular Utah resort destination, but it’s only the start of everything you can find there. Park City offers plenty to do all year round at it’s three resort parks: at Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, as well as Utah Olympic Park such as hitting the trails — nearly 400 miles of them — for hiking and mountain biking. Visitors also flock to the city for the annual Sundance Film Festival in January and the Kimball Arts Festival in August, which are just two highlights of the city’s ongoing film and arts culture.
Packing for Park City depends on what time of year you are visiting. Sun protection is always important, especially sunglasses for the bright Park City winters. Packing layers prepares you for any weather the mountain climate decides to throw your way. If you’re skiing, pack jackets and ski pants that dry quickly, and it’s always good to bring an extra pair of gloves or two. If you’re visiting during Sundance, or even during other times throughout the year, you’ll definitely want to pack a few stylish choices for dining and nightlife destinations.
Park City’s historic Main Street has been its major shopping destination since the 1800s. Today you will find more than 70 shops selling everything from souvenirs to upscale fashion. Hit up Backscratcher Tees and Deer Valley Signatures for Park City apparel, Cade & Co. for handmade luxury leather goods, and DiJore for handcrafted women’s boots.
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