Park City may be in Utah, but its soul is far removed from the state's conservative mainstream. During silver mining's boom days, Park City was infamous for its miners' wild ways. In 1921, there were 27 bars in town, and despite prohibition, anyone with a hankering could buy a drink in all but one of them. The lawlessness of those days is gone, but the fun has multiplied.
Three mega resorts-Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons-encircle downtown, which means recreational options are bountiful. There's the usual roster of activities-golf, flyfishing, mountain biking and such-but P.C. has one up on most other resorts. When Salt Lake City won the bid to host the 2002 Winter Games, Utah started building. In the Park City area, hotels were upgraded, fine dining exploded and Olympic Park was expanded. Today, visitors can sign up for freestyle aerial camps to see what it's like to flip with abandon and fly headlong into the splash pool-skis, boots and all. Or, sign up for a bobsled ride and experience the thrill of 4Gs on the Olympic bobsled track.
Options don't decrease in the evening. There are more than 100 restaurants in the area, with a dozen award-winners. And nightlife, well, that's one event in which Park City always takes home the gold.
•DON'T MISS Pack a picnic and enjoy Utah Symphony concerts on Saturday nights at the Snow Park outdoor amphitheater (800-424-3337) and free concerts on Wednesday nights in City Park.
•BEST DEAL A package that includes one night's lodging at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, located at Kimball Junction, continental breakfast and two Deer Valley chairlift vouchers for $65 per room, per night. 800-424-3337; deervalley.com