Every now and then I’m asked to write a post about a place I’ve never visited. It’s not as weird as it sounds, all the information I need is available online, it’s just a matter of doing the research and putting it all together to tell you, our readers, why we think the place should be included in your travel plans.
This time I’m writing about Park City, Utah. It’s fun doing these posts, I love finding out about new places and usually they become part of our future travel ambitions. In general, the more I know about a place, the more I want to go there and the more we all get out of the trip, you’re probably the same.
After finding out about Park City, Utah, I can tell you that it will most certainly be on our next US road trip and probably be a multi-night stop, it truly is a world-class destination worthy of exploration.
If you want to find out more about this cool, beautiful and luxurious spot, read on.
Reasons To Visit Park City, Utah, with Kids or Without.
Park City, Utah, Where’s That?
Utah is a land locked state in the south west of the USA. It sits just behind ( to the east) of Nevada and California, Colorado is to its east.
Most people probably know that Utah is home to the Mormon church, Temple Square in Salt Lake City (the state capitol) hosts the church’s global HQ.
The Mormon Church, Salt Lake City, Photo Credit Ken Lund under Creative Commons on Flickr.
Salt Lake City, unsurprisingly, has a salt lake, its buoyant waters attracting swimmers and beach lovers.
But lets talk about Park City, it’s around 32 miles southeast of central Salt Lake City and is a big tourist draw. The tourist population here exceeds the resident population, interesting, I wonder why?
What Brings Tourists to Park City?
So why are the tourists flooding to Park City? There are two big reasons, Park City is home to amazing skiing and other mountain facilities and also hosts the world famous Sundance Film Festival.
The town was also voted one of America’s prettiest, by influential Forbes Magazine.
Park City, Utah doesn’t just have any-old ski resort, it has the largest ski resort in the United States,Park City Mountain and Park City, Utah is ranked as North Americas most accessible mountain destination due to its proximity to the International airport (Salt Lake City International Airport).
To the other side of the historic main street, you will find Deer Valley Resort, ranked by the readers of SKI Magazine as one of the top three ski destinations in North America.
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Park City hosted many events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games not so long ago and still boasts one of the world’s finest Olympic Parks. Here you will find public access to bobsledding, that’s something pretty hard to find. You can also take a guided tour of Utah Olympic Park, and find out what it’s like to stand at the top of a giant ski jump.
Park City also has some superb accommodation options, along with the most luxury ski-in/ski-out accommodations of any North American resort town and Utah’s only Forbes 5-star and AAA 5-diamond hotel, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley.
Park City is also home to the world’s only ski-in whiskey gastro-distillery, High West Distillery
Activities for Children in and Around Park City.
Alongside the two ski resort’s renowned ski schools and children’s programs, there are many off-piste activities for families to enjoy. Family fun isn’t restricted to winter either; you can visit at any time of year for fantastic outdoor adventures.
Thrill seeking youngsters will enjoy mountainside zip lines and the Alpine Coaster.
Families can enjoy quality time on forest camps and hikes.
Park Silly Sunday Market has family fun and entertainment every week throughout summer.
In summer take a hayride, in winter go dog sledding or take a sleigh ride.
Indoor facilities include museums, bowling, outlet shopping, excellent dining and sports halls.
Explore nature at the Swaner Preserve and Eco Centre.
Doesn’t it sound amazing?
Are you as keen to visit as we are?
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