Hotel at a Glance: Raintree at Park Plaza
Raintree at Park Plaza offers free shuttle rides to Utah’s Main Street, where old-fashioned trolleys jingle past general stores, saloons, and century-old shops that sell custom-made hats and cowboy boots. Set before a backdrop of pine-topped mountains, this iconic Old West drag is a stone’s throw from your hotel, where you can rent a bicycle to explore the rustic setting on your own.
- Gas fireplaces and kitchens or kitchenettes help make guest suites feel like home.
- Indoor pool and sauna open year-round
- Grill out amid mountain views on a gas barbecue or head to Main Street for a diverse selection of eateries
- Take a one-tank trip north to Heber City, where you can ride a retro steam- or diesel-powered train or go fly-fishing in Deer Creek Reservoir.<p>
Park City, Utah: Historical Mining Town Turned Ski Mecca
Park City has humble roots as a mining town nestled in the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City—but in the past 30-odd years, the town has blossomed into an international skiing destination. That’s largely due to Park City Mountain Resort, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games halfpipe and alpine giant-slalom events. Each winter, the mountain is blanketed with an average of 365 inches of snow, which means plenty of fresh powder across 100-plus ski runs and three terrain parks. In the warmer months, you can weave through groves of trees on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. The Alpine Coaster, open year round, hurtles down the mountain at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Back in town, Park City’s former saloons and boarding houses have given way to more than 100 independent boutiques, 30 art galleries, and 50 restaurants along historical Main Street. For about 10 days each January, Park City glams it up Hollywood style as the host of the Sundance Film Festival. When Sundance isn’t in town, you can catch a play, concert, or comedy show at the circa-1929 Egyptian Theatre. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early ’20s launched a nationwide fascination with ancient Egypt, and hundreds of Egyptian-revival theaters were built across the country. Today, Park City’s carefully preserved theater is one of only six of its kind remaining in the United States.
Located on the main drag, the 12,000-square-foot Park City Museum chronicles the town’s history with artifacts and interactive exhibits. In the eerie museum basement, you can check out the former territorial jail—nicknamed “the dungeon” for its dim lighting, stone walls, and rusted leg irons. In the space between cells, Wanted posters showcase the outlaws, murderers, and thieves who passed through the subterranean slammer.
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