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A Park City guide – historic town turned stunning thrill-seeker’s paradise

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Historically a thriving mining town rich with gold, silver, and lead, Park City is now a leading destination for holidaymakers wanting a taste of the wild allure of Utah's share of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re touring the majestic countryside on foot, by bike, or on skis, you’ll be sure to rack up a hefty bank of stunning memories to look back on in years to come.
What to see and do

 

 

The screamingly obvious thing to do on your vacation in Park City, whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, is to get your fill of the great outdoors. Canyons, Park City Mountain, and Deer Valley resorts offer some of the finest skiing in the US and accommodate all standards and preferences. These thriving mountain communities are also perfect for hiking and cycling in summer, and boast a catalogue of other attractions – the crazy Alpine Coaster in Park City for one. A visit to the Utah Olympic Park, built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, makes for a splendid taste of winter-sports culture and offers the chance to soar down a mountain at stomach-spinning speeds in a bobsled. You can also find a wealth of fascinating mining history in the town center.

 

Where to stay

 

 

Whether you want to stumble straight from your bed onto the sparkling slopes or fancy something quaint in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Downtown Park City, there are many options available that will match most budgets. Deer Valley Resort is particularly well armed with hotels and condos of the upmarket luxury sort, and is home to a good few in-house spas ideal for visitors in need of a little care and attention. Canyons Resort is generously peppered with comfortable self-catering family apartments, but also has that high-end elegance you might be craving. Downtown is good for a lower budget, with its quaint guesthouses offering convenient access to both the fun of the center and joy of the mountains.

 

Where to shop

 

 

After all that glorious exercise in the crisp mountain air, you might fancy a quick dose of retail therapy, and why not? Park City is bursting with all sorts of top-quality shopping environments, from your major label fashion outlets to quirky boutiques stacked to the rafters with enticing arts, crafts, gifts, and garments. Redstone Shopping Center is a staple feature of the local community and is well stocked with neat and unique knick-knacks to liven up your home, while Tanger Outlets is the place for a high-street bargain. The historic Main Street offers a complete contrast, with independent stores waiting to be explored within folksy period buildings.