The majestic Wasatch Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the Waldorf Astoria Park City.

In winter, Park City, Utah, is a place close to paradise. After all, it's winter when the glitterati—drawn by America's largest independent film festival, Sundance—make the trek upward to this little oasis at 6,500 feet. And festival attendees are far from alone. The brightly shining slopes of the Wasatch Mountains also draw skiers and other snow lovers all the way into spring—and with good reason. As a winter getaway, this town has it all.Yet for some, Park City is even more spectacular before the snow has fallen. Thanks to the nearby Provo River and Weber River, water activities abound. There's sailing, kayaking, river rafting, and the kind of blue-ribbon fly-fishing that people travel thousands of miles to experience just outside of Park City. Some come for the mind-blowing hikes. The mountains and hills surrounding Park City offer more than 150 miles of public trails. The more adventurous explore the world-class mountain-bike trails—the kind of stunning, wooded single track that makes even a devoted snow fan forget all about his or her skis. Others enjoy a more vertical experience and take to the skies for hot-air ballooning to witness unparalleled views of the vibrant landscape below, which are especially stunning when the fall foliage is at its peak. And those with a speedy disposition delight in taking off across a zip line or zooming down the year-round bobsled course at Olympic Park, where they'll reach speeds of 80 mph. But you don't need to be an adrenaline junkie to love what Park City has to offer throughout the year. The city's main attractions are its three resorts: Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley. The Waldorf Astoria Park City is nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Canyons Resort. It was ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the world's best places to stay, and named one of 2012's top resorts in the continental United States by Travel & Leisure magazine. And all year long, you can enjoy the restaurants, art galleries, and unique boutiques that line Park City's historic Main Street—some of the very best of which are highlighted below.

The majestic Wasatch Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the Waldorf Astoria Park City.

The Best Of Park City

One-of-a-kind treasures, unforgettable adventures, and gastronomic pleasures

Shop

Burns Cowboy Shop. Burns Cowboy Shop continues the burns family's long tradition as a western outfitter—it began with a harness shop more than 130 years ago. Pick up everything from classic cowboy boots and custom buckles to ostrich handbags and bold sterling necklaces.

Thomas Kearns Mccarthey Gallery. Take a break from pioneer culture and step into the Mccarthey Gallery, one of the foremost dealers of Russian Impressionist art in the U.S. The gallery also features artists from other countries, as well as Russian art-influenced locals.

Crosby Collection. for Native American collectibles, head over to Crosby Collection, which specializes in jewelry, pottery, and textiles from native tribes in the region.

Flight Boutique. Step inside Flight Boutique's bold purple storefront and you'll find a range of fashions for women, including premium denim, casual and dress shoes, and jewelry and accessories. The store carries an exciting mix of established and emerging designers.

Eat

Riverhorse on Main. For more than 20 years, the critically acclaimed Riverhorse has been serving creative New American cuisine in a modern yet rustic space on Main Street. On many nights, there's acoustic guitar, piano, or other live entertainment.

High West Distillery & Saloon. Utah's first distillery dates back to the 1870s and offers a range of award-winning whiskeys and vodkas. The saloon is hardly just a watering hole with bar snacks; it is a gastro-distillery with sophisticated, Western-inspired dishes. Set aside some time before or after a meal for a distillery tour.

Powder. Enjoy the international flair of executive Chef Clement Gelas at Powder at Waldorf Astoria Park City. Gelas's passion for cooking with local ingredients is expressed in the menu, which takes its cue from the changing seasons and features dishes such as the Koosherem Steel Head Trout with mountain oregano sauce, and Drake Farm Goat Cheese and Bacon Jam.

Do

Guided Hikes. Canyons Resort has more than 4,000 acres of varied terrain. A guide can tailor a personalized hike based on ability level—and ensure you don't miss any of the breathtaking wildlife and flora of the mountains.

Waldorf Astoria Spa. Waldorf Astoria Park City's 16,000-square-foot sanctuary channels the essence of ancient Japanese honjin inns. Take a break from adventure with one of the spa's signature services, such as the Mountain Master Tune-Up, Bindi Body Rejuvenation oil massage, or Japan Ritual body treatment.

Olympic Center. Get ready for the next ski season with a private freestyle ski lesson at Olympic Center. To really get your blood flowing, try the summer bobsled course or buckle into a zip line over the K-120 Nordic ski jump.

Kimball Art Center. There is no better place to engage in Park City's arts scene than Kimball, which is open to the public year-round. The nonprofit acts as a community center and education hub for the arts and also has three galleries that feature local and international artists.

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