Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah
I flew to Utah to spend the holidays with my son and daughter-n-law. The scenery while driving around Utah is breathtaking. I was luck enough to be there to admire the beauty left behind a winter storm. I find nothing more beautiful than areas of pure white powder highlighting the sharp and jagged contours of the ominous mountains lining the valley. We took a drive to Park City. Park City with an elevation of 7000′ is a small quaint town which caters to skiers and tourist from all over the world. The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Olympic Park just north of Park City. It is still used as a training and learning facility and you can also take a thrilling ride on the Winter Comet Bobsled. In the summer they offer a summer bobsled ride on concrete trails.
Main Street in Park City is lined with buildings built in the 19th century silver mining boom. You will find all sorts of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes on Main Street. Park City is booming all year round. The winter offers downhill skiing, cross-country ski trails, bobsled rides, snow shoeing trails along with the shops and restaurants which stay open
year round. The rest of the year offers hiking trails, zip-lining, climbing, over 400 miles of mountain biking trails, summer bobsled rides along with an abundance of events and festivals. A few of the yearly events that Park City hosts are, Park City Kimball Arts Festival in August, Park City Food & Wine Classic in July, Tour of Utah-Stage 7 in August offering the steepest climbs and fastest descents in any pro-cycling competition, and Sundance Film Festival in late January attracting over 40,000 people during the 10 day festival celebrating the work of independent storytellers. The only think I am disappointed with is that Tanger Outlets were given the okay to build so close to this quaint town. The outlets, although they are at the entrance of Park City, take away from the whole historic, European, ski village atmosphere. My biggest complaint for years was that I couldn’t find a Starbucks in town but accepted the fact that a town like this should be made up of local businesses. They have gone from one extreme to another. Not only do they have 2 Starbucks right out of town but they’ve allowed a multitude of chain stores in the outlets.
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