When you think of Park City, you probably picture snow-covered peaks and a charming village that looks like it belongs in a snowglobe. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Park City is a true winter wonderland, with 7,300 acres of lift-served ski terrain, spread across two different resorts. The city’s famous slopes hosted skiing and snowboarding events for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. But winter isn’t the only time to enjoy this mountain retreat. No matter the month, Park City offers great activities and amenities for all kinds of vacationers. Here are five of the most popular things to do in Park City during the summer, or any other season.
1. Live out your Olympic dreams
The venues built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games are now yours to explore at the Utah Olympic Park. You can zipline high above the complex, complete a canyon ropes course, innertube down the landing hill of a nordic ski jump, or take a ride down the track used for Olympic bobsled, skeleton and luge events. And yes, you will be riding in a real bobsled, driven by a professional pilot. But this activity isn’t for the faint of heart: You could reach 60 miles per hour during your one-minute ride down the hill. Looking for something a little more low key? Take a guided tour of the venue and bring Olympic history to life.
2. Explore the great outdoors
When the temperatures heat up and the snow melts down, a whole world of outdoor adventures emerge in and around Park City. Hike the Armstrong Trail for fantastic city views, explore 28 miles of mountain biking on the Mid-Mountain Trail and cool off with a river rafting excursion down the Weber River. You can even channel your inner cowboy: Multiple outfitters operate around the Park City area, so you can take in the landscape of the Wasatch Mountains on horseback.
3. Savor your dining options
No matter the meal or the cuisine, Park City has an incredible array of restaurants and cafes. Start your day at Five5eeds, known for its great coffee and local, seasonal fare. Casual lunch spots abound, including plenty of healthy and vegetarian choices at Main Street’s Harvest. Try the roasted sweet potato stack or Vietnamese banh mi salad. For an upscale dinner experience, make a reservation at Firewood. The fine dining restaurant offers multi-course menu options with meals cooked over a wood fire. Fans of craft distilleries also won’t want to miss a tour at High West Distillery. If you can’t make the 30-minute drive out to the distillery, don’t worry — they have a saloon right in town.
4. Live like a local
Locals and visitors alike know how to have a good time in Park City. Especially in the summer months, the town is brimming with events and festivals. On Wednesday nights in the summer, there are free concerts at the Deer Valley Resort Amphitheater. Don’t forget to pack a picnic dinner, made with ingredients you picked up at the Park City Farmers Market, which is open every Wednesday afternoon in the summer months. There’s also the Park Silly Sunday Market, offering a fun street-festival vibe with live music, a beer garden and Bloody Mary bar, and an eclectic array of food and craft vendors.
5. Immerse yourself in the arts
Park City hosts the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival every winter — the largest independent film festival in the United States. But this town of roughly 8,000 is also home to another arts-related festival in the summer: the Kimball Arts Festival. For the last half-century, professional artists from all over the world apply to have their work included in the three-day event. Over 50,000 visitors flock to Main Street every August to view and buy art pieces, as well as to enjoy live music and indulge in gourmet food and drinks.
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