Park City may seem like a small resort town on the map, but when you get up close and personal, it is obvious that this little mountain oasis is packed tight with big city appeal. Park City is a hotspot for both local and national events. The city boasts ample shopping opportunities with an abundance of exclusive local boutiques and outlet stores. It is also home to over 200 restaurants, bars, and clubs. Many of the shops and restaurants are located in the beautifully preserved Historic Main Street which is only minutes away from the 2002 Winter Olympic facilities. With so many activities in such a small locality, Park City might make your head feel like its spinning. If you’re planning a trip soon, here are a few recommendations that we have to keep you focused on having fun!

Local and National Events

Man On MountainPark City is perhaps most widely known for two things: The Sundance Film Festival and Snow. However, these are hardly the only features that Park City has to offer. Both the Snow and Film Festival are world famous attractions, but many who make their initial trip for these reasons end up staying to bask in the unique atmosphere. In addition to these annual events, the city also holds many local events during different times of the year including: farmers markets, music festivals, ski gear/film debuts, and much more.

For general travel information, trip planning, and current event updates, check out Park City’s travel site:

http://www.visitparkcity.com/

Shopping

Park City has a diverse shopping dynamic which includes boutique shops operated by local artists, designers, and importers. In contrast, the city is also home to the Tanger Outlet Mall which hosts discount stores for many world famous brands. This means that whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, you are sure to find something that is cherishable and unique.

The shopping experience is also greatly enhanced by the beautiful Utah landscape and the historical setting of Park City. The traditional architecture sits against a backdrop of rolling hills and mountain peaks which seem like a picturesque movie scene from any angle. Also, because of the close proximity of restaurants and cafes you’ll never be short of options when you need to get a quick recharge.

More information about the the shops and restaurants can be located at:

http://www.visitparkcity.com/business-directory/

Restaurants, Bars, and the Nightlife

friends drinking at barWhile Utah itself may not be famous for its nightlife, Park City might make you think otherwise. The plethora of restaurants and bars are densely concentrated around historical Main Street which looks stunning at night. The close quarters create a safe and fun environment for exploration and hopping.

The dining experience ranges from the greasy spoon all the way to exclusive black tie affairs. Local and world famous chefs are scattered about the dining establishments offering traditional American and ethnic dishes, or local favorites with interesting twists. Basically, you’ll have no trouble finding exactly what you’re looking for– even if its an exotic surprise!

Park City doesn’t just have good eats either. The bar scene is thriving and has something for everyone, from the party hopper to the connoisseur. There are sports bars, clubs, cozy local pubs, and respected crafters like the famous High West Whiskey Distillery. If you’re interested in dropping by for a tour or just a bite to eat, their website can be found here. Utah is also home to the world famous Epic Brewery. While their main location is in Salt Lake City, many Park City establishments carry exclusive seasonal and special brews which can’t be found anywhere else in the country.

There is also no shortage of music and entertainment. From local acts to national tours, Park City bars and clubs are host to some of the countries most popular music. There are also many dedicated dance clubs with DJ’s spinning today’s hottest dance music and if you’re in the mood for comedy, Wiseguys hosts weekly comedy events at the Egyptian Theater.

More information about Park City nightlife and entertainment can be found at the city business directory mentioned above.

Site Seeing

Park City’s age and history as an early western mining town mean that there is a lot to see in the area. Historic Main Street has been a frequent mention here, but there are also many more sites both in and scattered around the city which are left over from old mining operations. More recently, Park City was an important part of the 2002 Winter Olympics and many of the Olympic facilities still remain, offering year round activities for families. The City is also near to State Parks like the Jordanelle Reservoir which features activities like swimming, fishing and other water recreation like boat rentals. More information about Jordanelle Reservoir can be at the Utah State Parks Website:

http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/jordanelle-state-park

Anytime of Year

Fotosearch_k18238179So, when is a good time to visit Park City? Anytime. It all depends on what you want to do. Whether you’re looking for a good ski trip, a unique film experience, a breathtaking hike, or a fun place to cool off in the summer: Park City has it all. Take advantage of the local boutique shops and the deals at the outlet mall. Explore the traditional architecture of the city or take a day trip to the near by Salt Lake City. Regardless of what you decide to do, once you’ve exhausted yourself for the day, stop at one of the many restaurants and get ready for an unforgettable night out on the town, no matter what time of year it is.