Alpine Coaster and Slide#8 in Best Things To Do in Park City
Whether you're visiting Park City during the summer, or just need a break from the slopes in the winter, consider taking a few spins on the Alpine Coaster or the Alpine Slide (the latter of which is only available in the summer). Located at Park City Mountain, the Alpine Slide is one of the longest in the world, featuring a 3,000-foot luge-like track. Meanwhile, the coaster (also at Park City Mountain) sits on an elevated track full of loops, curves and turns that take riders through the city's bucolic mountain scenery.
Recent riders said the coaster and the slide are a must-do activity for the entire family, from kids to grandparents. Many visitors rode them repeatedly and recommended purchasing a combo pass, although some found both the individual ride tickets and the passes expensive. Reviewers also advised arriving early in the day to avoid long lines and noted that the coaster sometimes closes during heavy snowfalls.
Parking is available at the main lot at the base of the mountain. You can also access the mountain via the city's free transportation system. Single-ride tickets on the Alpine Slide during regular season (late June to early September) cost $17 for those 48 inches or taller and $7 for those shorter than 48 inches; regular season coaster rides (including the winter months) cost $25 for drivers and $10 for passengers. Combo passes, which cover one ride on both the slide and coaster, cost $34. Check the Park City Mountain website for information on operating hours and more pricing details.
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#1 Historic Park City
Park City sits in the valley between Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Once a silver mining town, it has seen booms and busts, as well as a devastating fire that destroyed a large portion of the town in the late 19th century. The Historic Park City area preserves its western mining heritage with a charming mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Park City Museum, located about midway on Main Street, features exhibits detailing the history of the mining town turned ski mecca and is also home to the official visitor center. What's more, a free trolley runs the length of street if your feet need a break.
Recent visitors loved the variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars in Historic Park City, noting there's something for every taste from souvenir joints to ski boutiques. Many recommended a visit to the museum to get a feel for the town's mining history, while others complimented the free transit and the convenience afforded by bedding down in this area. Families enjoyed the historical statues along the street and the availability of clean public restrooms.
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