Why Park City Is The Hidden Gem of Summer Destinations

Park City, Utah may not be the first place to come to mind when you think of summer vacation, but after one visit you’ll see why it’s on the top of ours. The same mountains that host your dream ski vacations transform into gateways for limitless summer recreation. While other travel destinations face sweltering conditions in the peak of the season, the elevation and non-existent humidity means park city weather conditions rarely rise above 85 degrees. From alpine coasters to summer concerts here are some of our favorite things to do in Park City this summer.

Utah Olympic Park & Park City Mountain

When it comes to exhilarating outdoor adventure, there are two places in Park City where the offerings are so unique we decided to include both. Originally constructed for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, The Utah Olympic Park is now home to a museum and a broad range of activities based around the world-class facilities, including summertime favorites: extreme tubing, ropes course, and the ride of a lifetime - the bobsled. As the snow fades, Park City Mountain Resort transforms into a summertime haven filled with activities for the entire family including their legendary alpine coaster and alpine slide.

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Bike Tour Around Park City

Rent a bike from Silver Star Ski & Sport and discover the ins and outs of Park City from two wheels. The town’s rich mining history has been meticulously preserved and most landmarks are accessible via bike. It’ll be hard to take your eyes off the breathtaking landscapes along the way, but see if you can spot all three pieces of street art left by Banksy during his movie premiere at Sundance in 2010.

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High West Distillery Tour

Visit Utah’s first legal distillery and see how mountain-crafted spirits are made during a High West Tour located on the gorgeous 3,000 acre Blue Sky Ranch. From milling the grain to the barreling process, you’ll learn all the details behind what it takes to make their special Wasatch Whiskeys. No tour is complete without a tasting and a look into their famous 250 gallon copper still.

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Park Silly Sunday Market

For the epitome of a “Sunday Funday” stroll downtown to Park City’s open-air market Park Silly. Every Sunday from June to September, tents and stalls offering the area’s best art, music, food, and local goods line both sides of Historic Main Street. This community favorite provides more than just an entertaining afternoon for locals and guests alike, the organization is dedicated to supporting non-profits, local artists and performers, green initiatives, farmers, and small businesses.

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Deer Valley Concerts

Deer Valley Resort does a phenomenal job of uniting the community through the medium of music with 3 unique summer concert series held at their stunning Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

Deer Valley Concert Series: In conjunction with the State Room, Deer Valley Resort will be kicking off a new summer concert series running from August to September with shows from notable artists like, The Decemberists, Jason Mraz, and Luke Nelson.

Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Deer Valley Music Festival: The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera exclusively hold their summer concerts at Deer Valley, offering a variety of classical & chamber shows as well as collaborations with acclaimed artists like Amos Lee.

Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series: A weekly ritual for locals and a favorite for visitors is the community concert series held Wednesday nights from June through August. Don’t forget to pack a blanket, picnic dinner, and your own adult beverages - yes, this is allowed, even in Utah. Photo Credit: Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley

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“Park City Limits” at Silver Star Cafe

For a more intimate music experience, one of our favorite local eateries, Silver Star Café hosts an acoustic summer concert series from their outdoor patio. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening “Park City Limits” offers a dinner show featuring musical guests of all varieties including folk, jazz, blues, americana and bluegrass. You can view the jam-packed line-up here. Sit back and let the music serenade you as you enjoy Chef Dave’s award-winning local fare, flavorful cocktails, and 360-degree mountain views of Park City Mountain.

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Savor The Summit

Park City’s largest and longest dinner party Savor the Summit should be on every foodie’s summer itinerary. One large table stretching the length of Main Street allows 2,500 participants to sample culinary masterpieces from over 20 of the best local chefs. Each meal is thoughtfully paired with a selection of specialty cocktails, flavorful wines, and local brews. Performances by local musicians are a perfect complement to what is nothing short of a magical night in this little mountain town.

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Kimball Arts Festival

Ranked as one of the top art festivals in the country, and a personal favorite for us at Natural Retreats is the Kimball Arts Festival. This 3 day Park City Main Street celebration supports local artists with booths representing more than 200 artists, 30 live bands, 3 wine and beer gardens, and for the younger crowd, Kimball Kid’s Corner. Proceeds benefit the Kimball Arts Center, a non-profit center dedicated to educating and enhancing the presence of art within the community. Photo Credit: Mark Maziarz

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4th Of July

While 4th of July is undoubtedly a well observed holiday anywhere you go in the United States, no one celebrates it quite like the Park City locals. The day starts with a festive parade on Main Street and tapers into a marathon of live music, beer gardens, food, and fellowship. The evening ends with a firework display that rivals those of big cities, and is impressive not only for its grandeur, but the stunning mountain backdrop, making for an unforgettable Independence Day! Photo Credit: Park City Chamber/Bureau

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