2. Park City, UT
While Park City is probably best known for its winter activities—like the Sundance Film Festival or its world-class skiing and snowboarding—the summer months offer the greatest variety of outdoor thrills. Staying in a mountain lodge resort just minutes away from downtown Park City, like Montage Deer Valley, is your best bet if you want to do and see as much as possible. Once-in-a-lifetime adventures like the Montage to Moab Expedition will transport you all the way down to the Arches National Park and Moab in southern Utah, where you’ll hike through the iconic red rock vistas in the morning and cool off in a mountain waterfall in the afternoon. But if hiking isn’t your style, you can mountain bike through the alpine trails of Deer Valley and take in stunning panoramic views, or try your hand at fly-fishing (trust us, it’s not as easy as it looks) on the Provo River.
Where to stay: For the ultimate Park City experience, Montage Deer Valley is the way to go. Located just minutes away from downtown (they offer a complimentary car service), the luxurious yet rustic resort offers easy access to the best that Park City has to offer while hooking you up with the coolest excursions—mountain biking, fly-fishing, true ski-in/ski-out access, hot air ballooning, and more.
Best time to go: Park City is an adventure-friendly destination 365 days a year. If you’re looking for the best deal, though, book your trip during summer. The town tends to be a bit quieter when ski season isn’t in full swing. Rooms will likely be cheaper and there are just as many activities—if not more—to do when the weather is warm.
Expert tip: While in downtown Park City, make sure to check out the High West Distillery—which has ski-in/ski-out access—during the winter, and the No-Name Saloon for some excellent bites and booze all year-round. Both are located right off the main street, and have that Old West charm that keep people coming back to Park City time after time.
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