Once a humble mining town on the Utah frontier, Park City has risen to become one of America’s most celebrated skiing destinations. Nestled deep in the dramatic Wasatch Mountain range, the town is in close proximity to three major ski resorts and the Utah Olympic fields. But it’s not all about winter sports here, as the town is also well known for its annual Sundance Film Festival, which is a perennially high-profile affair that sees the town flooded with big-name celebrities for 10 entire days in January. Accordingly, cultural pursuits have become as big an attraction as the outdoors here, with boutique shopping and intriguing local galleries springing up in recent years.
Park City is just a 45-minute drive southeast of Salt Lake City and is serviced well by the international airport there.
Park City has long been among the most chic U.S. ski destinations. Set high in the Wasatch Mountains to the east of Salt Lake City, the Park City Mountain Resort is consistently ranked as one of the top ten North American ski resorts by industry experts. It has more than 50 groomed runs on 3,300 skiable acres that offer a good mix of beginner to expert runs.
Chronicling the story of Park City from its frontier-town, mining beginnings to the explosion of ski culture in the mountains, the Park City museum is a great way to get acquainted with local life. Fun and interactive exhibitions make it a great option for family outings, and the museum also organizes historic ski tours.
Utah is an angler’s dream-come-true. The mountainous backcountry is cut-through by thousands of trickling streams and roaring river ways, where the water is clear and cool and packed full of fish. Organized tours give visitors a chance to discover the best fishing spots in the area, while going it alone is a great way to find peace and solace in the hills.
A building, bar and eatery in homage to the old west, this saloon-style diner oozes with real character, even from the outside. The magnificent timber structure has been restored to provide a welcoming and comfortable interior that still retains all the bells and whistles of an authentic cowboy bar. Be sure not to miss the on-site distillery tours, especially if you’re a whiskey lover.
Complete with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bowling alley, ski-in access to the Deer Valley Resort, games rooms, an on-site shopping complex and a whole range of different restaurants and bars, not to mention spectacular panoramic views of the high-Wasatch Mountains, you’ll want for nothing at the Montage Deer Valley Hotel.