Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Destination: Park City, Utah!

Discovered by prospecting soldiers in the late 1800's, Park City, Utah was a bustling mining town for many years. In the 1920's, skiing became popular and Park City became a vacation haven! Today, Park City, Utah is a family-friendly resort town packed with a world of activity – no matter the season! Conveniently located only 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City has everything you could ask for in a family vacation spot – and then some!

The town of Park City is truly a premier resort town. In the winter, you can enjoy world class skiing and snowboarding as well as Nordic skiing on groomed trails, guided snowshoe tours, and snowmobile tours. Park City even features winter hot-air balloon rides! Winter visitors to Park City can also enjoy sleigh rides, tubing, first-class restaurants, and so much more! Park City is truly designed to provide endless fun for your family!

To catch even more excitement, plan your visit for January or February! Each January, Park City plays host to the Sundance Film Festival! And February finds revelers enjoying Park City’s Winterfest; a celebration that takes place over two weeks, during which it is rumored the town never sleeps! The annual festival features concerts, fireworks, skiing, snowmobiling, sled dogging events, and an ice sculpture competition.

If cold and snow isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, Park City has something to offer year-round! In the warmer months, there are a wide range of outdoor activities nearby to entertain visitors of every age; from rock climbing, and hiking, to mountain biking, horseback riding, or even golfing, there’s something for everyone!

In addition to a myriad of activities, Park City’s historic Main Street offers some terrific window shopping with its numerous galleries, shops and restaurants! With architecture dating back to the renovation of the town following the “great fire of 1898,” Main Street offers the romance of the old west and an eclectic mix of everything from contemporary art to sportswear and handcrafted furniture!  With its turn of the century silver mining history, visitors to the "old town" section can even enjoy charming mining shacks that have been renovated and converted into ski homes.

No matter what season you choose to visit, Park City is a vacation paradise! For lodging information, check out Park City Hotels. Happy travels!!!

- Destination Mom

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