While the 2002 Winter Olympics made Park City a global destination for skiing and winter fun, you might be surprised to find out that it also doubles as an amazing summer escape. This is because of all the beautiful natural landscapes that surround the town. If you’re looking for a spot to relax and hike in this Summer, I highly recommend checking out this delightful surprise in our own backyard: Park City, Utah.
Things To Do
About a 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake City Airport, you really start to feel the altitude as you elevate toward Park City. The base hovers at 7,000+ ft elevation, reaching up to 10,000 ft at the highest peak. The views are spectacular, the sun is hot, ski lifts are open for breathtaking views and access to scenic hikes and downhill mountain biking on the single tracks. There are mini lakes and a nearby reservoir to enjoy fishing and paddle-boarding, with nearby trails for horse-back riding and music festivals galore!
In town, an efficient and frequent local bus system gets you anywhere – and it’s free. Main Street is lined with souvenir shops, galleries aplenty, hand-crafted fine jewelry, saloons and 100+ restaurants as you head from the upper historic end down to the lower, newly established section. Utah’s first distillery since the 1870’s, High West offers behind the scene tours of their small-batch whiskey facility once daily – RSVP due to limited space. Don’t forget to make your way up the funicular to The St. Regis Deer Valley for at least a drink and the view, outdoor fire pits, enjoy the fabulous 5-star dining or stay- pets are welcome!
Logistics: Getting Around
Due to the close proximity to some of the best U.S. National Parks including Moab, Bryce Canyon and Zion, you might consider renting a car. Plan ahead as rates are steep and the 40% tax on car rentals from the airport will set you back on fees. It is wise to pay with a credit card that includes car insurance to save some cash. Alternatively, a shared multi-stop shuttle runs $45 each way or about $90 for a one-way private taxi from SLC airport to Park City.
Where To Stay
So many lodges and private condos are available in summer, unlike in winter months when rates skyrocket and you’re lucky to find a vacancy! The Silver Baron Lodge at Deer Valley Resort offers private jacuzzis on your balcony- there is just nothing like it!