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Park City was made for powder hounds. Sitting about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Park City is home to two major alpine ski spots that sprawl across acres upon acres of mountain terrain. Park City Mountain Resort welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to traverse groomed trails, powder-filled bowls and terrain parks. And Deer Valley Resort caters exclusively to skiers (snowboarding is prohibited here), offering groomed runs and gladed steeps along with 10 on-site restaurants. If you're just starting out, all resorts have expert instructors on hand to help you learn the slopes  whether it's through kids ski school, group instruction or private lessons.

Those who aren't avid skiers can still find things to do. Park City's numerous art galleries and museums will keep visitors entertained. Meanwhile, in the spring and summer, the ski resorts transform their runs into hiking and biking trails, and around town tourists can hit the links at Park City Golf Course or peruse the area's farmers markets.

In terms of eats, Park City plays host to a handful of bars as well as a diverse culinary scene. You'll find everything from traditional Japanese plates at Flying Sumo Sushi to classic Italian food at Ghidotti's. The sporty town is also the hotbed for many notorious festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, Park City Food and Wine Classic and Spring Grüv, which presents free concerts along with other activities. For more information, visit our full Park City travel guide.

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#1 Temple Square Temple Square's three-block plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple ... Read more » Jason Mathis / Salt Lake City Convention & Visitors Bureau

#2 Salt Lake City Public Library Whether you like to read or look at beautiful architecture, the stunning and contemporary Salt Lake City Public Library could be worth your while. Located in the downtown area, the ... Read more » Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

#3 Great Salt Lake Clocking in at approximately 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. The lake's name comes from the nature ... Read more » Eric Schramm / Salt Lake City Convention & Visitors Bureau

#4 Liberty Park If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city limits, head over to Liberty Park's 80 acres for any number of outdoorsy activities. There's ... Read more » Argyleist / Flickr

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#6 Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort The historic and cultural attractions are interesting and all, but let's face it: Skiing is one of the main reasons to visit Utah. And Salt Lake City is in ... Read more » Richard Cheski / Salt Lake City Convention & Visitors Bureau

#7 Salt Lake Temple Rising a whopping 210 feet over the square, this impressive six-spire structure is the universal icon of the Mormon Church. While you are not allowed to enter the church itself ... Read more » Eric Schramm / Salt Lake City Convention & Visitors Bureau

#8 Family History Library Sitting in Temple Square, the Family History Library houses millions of genealogical records profiling more than two billion deceased people, making it the largest library of its kind in the ... Read more » Ricardo630 / Wikimedia Commons

#9 Utah Museum of Fine Arts Sitting near the center of the University of Utah campus in northeast Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 17,000 artifacts from across the ... Read more » Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

#10 Red Butte Garden Filled with meticulously landscaped plots, gurgling fountains and pleasant pathways, Red Butte Garden is a great place for budding botanists as well as visitors looking for quiet respite. Housed on ... Read more » Eric Schramm / Salt Lake City Convention & Visitors Bureau

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