Day Trip: Park City, Utah
When most people think about Park City, Utah, the first thing that immediately comes to mind is skiing and snowboarding. Contrary to popular belief, the historic town with 7,300 acres of terrain, goes far beyond an ordinary ski destination.
Located 32 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, the town gained notoriety in the late 1800s as a goldmine for gold, silver, and lead. Today, Park City (the 2002 Winter Olympics were held here) is frequented by celebrities for the annual Sundance Film Festival in January, and is home of the United State Ski Team.
Just off Main Street in Old Town Park City, don’t miss High West Distillery hand-crafted cocktails such as Dead Man’s Boots with Rendevous Rye, El Jimador Reposado Tequila, lime juice, and Fever Tree Ginger. Hungry? Grab a bite in the restaurant with menu items such as venison lettuce wraps with red cabbage and pickled carrot, whiskey mussels with a grilled baguette, and chicken schnitzel with kale salad and lemon and caper sauce (For a distillery or saloon tour, be sure to call ahead for reservations.)
To learn more about the city’s ski legends, mining days, and step inside an original basement jail from bygone days, stop by the Park City Museum. Hone your inner athlete and try your bobsled skills at Utah Olympic Park, built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Sign-up for a Canyon Adventure Course with log traverses, go zip-lining, or check out the Alf Engen Ski Museum (be sure to make time for the new, interactive ski-flying exhibit), and the Eccles Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.