When people think of Park City, winter sports and the “Greatest Snow on Earth” are usually the first things that come to mind. What most don’t realize is that Park City has as much to do in the summer as in the winter, if not more. The hard part is choosing which activities to do if you have a limited amount of time.
Winter skiing is not the only sport for those seeking adventure in Park City. To start, the resorts are home to world renowned mountain bike trails. Deer Valley hosts downhill races during the summer for all skill levels, although most people come to watch the experts attempt the challenging single tracks. If mountain biking does not appeal, there are many other ways to get adrenaline pumping, including rock climbing and river rafting.
Park City does not just cater to outdoor sports enthusiasts. Family friendly activities can be encountered around every corner with Park City Mountain Resort leading the way. Their alpine slide and zip line are just a couple of examples of exciting rides for both adults and kids. They also have recreation at the base, including a climbing wall, a human maze, and mini-golf.
For those who would like to have an experience unique to the area, Utah Olympic Park can give visitors a taste of what it would be like as a bobsled Olympian. The bobsled track at the Park is open to the public, and an expert will steer the sleds up to 70 miles per hour down the track. The Olympic Park also has a freestyle aerial splash pool, where Olympians practice flying over 50 feet in the air. Visitors can watch shows they will put on, or can even participate in aerial camps.
Park City hosts a number of events throughout the summer, including the Kimball Arts Festival in August, which unites artists from all over the country to sell their wares to crowds wandering Main Street. Music aficionados can get their fill at the Park City Jazz Festival with its multiple stages and world famous musicians. Another delight for the senses is the Park City Food and Wine Festival, which features fine wines and food from local restaurants.
On an every day basis, Park City possesses enough dining options to satisfy any palette. Various international foods, as well as classic American fare, can be found throughout town. Whether it’s fine dining in an award winning Continental restaurant in Deer Valley, or having a casual meal in a bistro on Main Street, it would be difficult to sample all that Park City has to offer in just one trip.
Shopping in Park City is something that everyone can enjoy doing, and a great way to interact with locals. There are plenty of shops that specialize in outfitting those who come to Park City for the sports. Main Street is also lined with boutiques, souvenir shops, and art galleries all offering temptations.
Only coming to Park City for the world famous snow would mean missing out on the other half of what makes it so special. When visitors do venture out in the summer, they learn firsthand what keeps people year round. Ask any local who moved out for one winter, but has ended up living in the area the best way to sum up Park City, and they are likely to pass on a popular local saying: “You come for the winter, but stay for the summer.
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