Thursday, July 8, 2010

Park City, Utah - Not just a Ski Resort

Beautiful Park City, Utah is just about 30 minutes southeast of Salt Lake City.  Well known for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Sundance Film Festivals, this City was originally founded in 1869 as a silver-mining town.  The location of Park City, set high up in the mountains creates a peaceful and serene setting. 

My family doesn't ski, so unfortunately I don't think we'll be enjoying any winter activities in Park City, but I was impressed with the summer activities that were available.  Just driving around town you'll find plenty of beautiful walking, biking & hiking trails along the roads and into the mountain sides.  And don't think just because ski season is out that you can't ride the gondolas or ski lifts, some resorts keep them running for people who want to hike farther up the mountains or just take a ride.  I rode the lift at The Canyons and again at Park City Resort, both had amazing views!  Bring your camera for some great photos, and you'll even encounter some crazy looking wildlife along the way; I still don't know what the monkey looking animals were that I saw.

Where the Action is!
Head over to Park City Resort for some really fun rides and activities for kids and adults alike.  You can zip down the mountain on the ziprider, slide down the Alpine Slide or hit the tracks on the best man controlled roller coaster I've ever ridden. 

Something FREE
Ride the FREE trolley on Main Street to get from shop to shop and grab a bite to eat from the many wonderful restaurants downtown. This historic district is a must see for any visitor to Park City and during the summertime it's very easy to get around.  Plan for an entire afternoon on Main Street and if you've got the kids, bring a stroller, they will easily get tired and especially in the summer heat.

Activity on my To Do List
There are plenty more activities in Park City, such as Golfing, Fishing and the local museums, but as I was leaving for the airport I noticed high in the sky along the mountains - Hot air Balloons!  I wanted so badly to have my husband with me at that moment and fly away in a basket dangling from a balloon!  If you've got  $175 per person to spare, you can take a morning ride. Just be sure to dress warm, I hear it gets very cold flying up that high.

Summer Value
The best part about Park City in the summer is that most accommodations are 50% or sometimes more.  Luxury condos that are $200-$300 a night in the winter can be found for $100 a night, and even cheaper hotels and resorts also lower their summer rates.  So if skiing is not your style, visit Park City in the summertime for some fun and relaxation!

1 comment:

Krista Parry said...

It was so great meeting you at Evo'10. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Park City. We'd love to have your family back next summer!

See you soon.
Krista Parry
Park City Mountain Resort

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