Park City Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Ski Vacations in the USA
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Free Things To Do in Park City

If you have extra time, Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Park City
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    #1 in Park City
    Museums, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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 Main Historic District 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 the Historic District, 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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    Utah Olympic Park
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    #3 in Park City
    Recreation, Sports, Tours, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Recreation, Sports, Tours, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Utah Olympic Park was the home of several events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is still an official training site for current and future Olympic athletes. Admission to the park and several of the park's attractions are free, including the Alf Engen Ski Museum, the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, the Discovery Zone obstacles course, the Mountain Challenge course and several hiking trails. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visitors can ride with a professional driver on the signature Comet Bobsled to feel the same g-force and blazing speed that Olympic competitors enjoy. Other activities – all priced individually – include three levels of climbing and ropes tours, a zip line and a one-hour guided tour that visits the world's highest Nordic ski jumps.

    Most reviewers call this former Olympic site a "must-see," even for nonskiers, and said that the free museums were a great way to learn about Utah's ski industry and the 2002 Olympic Games. Those visitors who took the daring Comet Bobsled ride (which takes passengers down the 2002 Olympic track) said it was a truly unique experience and well worth the price.

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    Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway
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    #4 in Park City
    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This scenic, 14-mile drive into the Wasatch Mountain Range runs up to a summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Mountain Resort, and is a popular area for viewing wildlife, wildflowers and fall foliage. The road connects Park City to Brighton or Midway, Utah, and is paved most of the way, except for a short gravel section in the middle. 

    Recent visitors said this scenic drive is worth the trip, if only for the amazing views from Guardsman Pass (several recommended bringing your camera and stopping along the way for a short hike). Many noted that the drive, which typically takes an hour one-way, is particularly beautiful in the fall when the trees are ablaze.

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    High West Distillery & Saloon
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    #5 in Park City
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The High West Distillery & Saloon is the only ski-in gastro saloon and distillery in the world. Located at the foot of the Quittin' Time ski run and next to the town lift in Historic Park City, the saloon serves Western-inspired pub grub like bourbon-braised short ribs accompanied by the craft whiskeys and spirits from the High West Distillery, located 16 miles northeast in Wanship, Utah. Complimentary tours of both the saloon and distillery are available.

    Recent visitors – both skiers and nonskiers – love this distillery and saloon. Both the food and the whiskeys garnered praise, as did the friendly staff. Many reviewers recommended arriving early in the day before the après-ski crowd congregates here (High West does not take reservations). 

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    Kimball Art Center
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    #6 in Park City
    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    The Kimball Art Center, located just a few blocks off Main Street, features exhibits by regional and national artists, and offers more than 300 classes in painting, drawing, photography, stained glass, pottery and other visual arts. The annual Kimball Arts Festival in August is one of the largest events of the year, bringing in more than 225 jury-selected artists from around the country.

    Recent visitors called the art center a local gem and a nice activity for nonskiers. Those who visited with children praised the variety of classes for kids and the Lego exhibit in the gallery. 

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