Four Summer Days in Park City, Utah

posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 8:24:09 AM

See Park City, Utah from a whole new perspective — on foot, by hot air balloon, on horseback or a combination of all three! Located 7,000 feet above sea level, the city is sure to take your breath away.

Let Vacations by Marriott bring you four summer days of fun in Park City with this itinerary of must-see, must-do things. Book a Utah vacation package now and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.

Day One: You touch down at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on a summer morning, with the sun shining and the temperature warm. Once the luggage is gathered, you pick up a rental car and set out for Park City, about 40 minutes away. While you’ve sampled some of Utah’s best powder on a ski trip here a few years back, you’re excited to check out the summer scene. Park City Marriott is your home base, conveniently located near Old Town Main Street and everything you’ll want to see and do during the next several days. You settle in, then head over to the Baja Cantina for a late lunch. The chicken flautas hit the spot, and soon you’re on your way to meet up with the team at Morning Star Balloons to take your first-ever ride in a hot air balloon! The scenery from above is absolutely majestic, and you’re actually a little surprised by how easily the balloon takes to the sky and how smooth the flight is. Your adventure in Park City is well underway.

Day Two: You sleep in a bit this morning, and after breakfast at the hotel’s DEN Restaurant, head out in sneakers to join a small group for a walking tour of Park City. It’s a nice way to get your bearings after seeing the entire area from a balloon yesterday afternoon. You explore the architecture and listen to stories of Park City’s interesting history — from its days as a booming mining town to its current reputation of being a world-class mountain destination today. You make a mental note to return to Main Street for some shopping before you leave and eventually wander into the No Name Saloon for burgers on the rooftop patio. Sufficiently fueled up, you make your way to Rocky Mountain Outfitters, where you’ve arranged a private backcountry ride by horseback. You marvel at the scenery and enjoy the leisurely pace as you traverse pristine mountain terrain. The sounds of nature are everywhere, and your cowboy guide identifies a number of amazing photo opportunities. You’ll post some great pics a little later when taking advantage of the hotel’s free Wi-Fi.

Day Three: You’re up early this morning, ready to inject some adrenaline into this trip. Destination Sports and Adventures sets you up with mountain bikes for some lift-assisted, off-road riding between three area resorts: Deer Valley, Canyons and Park City. With over 90 total miles of trails, there’s lots to choose from, and you’re able to use lift racks for the bikes, which allow you to enjoy the ride without the “thunder thighs” and altitude acclimation required of the more serious riders. The riding is great, and you return to the hotel for showers in the afternoon before heading off to check out a Sundance Film Festival Official Selection at City Park. The screening takes place under the stars, and you grab some popcorn and sodas to sit back for an enjoyable couple of hours among locals and visitors. Back at the hotel, a nightcap at the Timbers Bar goes down smoothly and makes for the perfect precursor to a great night of sleep.

Day Four: It’s your final day in Park City, and there’s still time for more exploration before you head to the airport. Back in 2002, Utah hosted the Winter Olympics, and Park City was a centerpiece of those games. Today, the venues serve as a very active U.S. Olympic Training Site for Olympic and development-level athletes. Although it’s summertime, you quickly recognize that Olympic training is a year-round endeavor! You’re able to watch a few athletes in training and browse the ski and Olympic Winter Games museums, both of which offer free admission. A little later, you make one last trip down Main Street and visit several boutiques, specialty shops and galleries to gather a few mementos that will accompany you home. The sun is out and the air is clean, making it that much harder to head back down to Salt Lake City for your return flight. Your summer visit to Park City delivered all you expected, and more. Yes, a visit to Park City is all that!

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