A tourist at home.

Warning: some fun is on the way. 

Once upon a time, Park City, Utah was a remote mining town. One of many mines in Utah, the Silver King Mine was one of the most famous silver mines in the world in the late 1800s.

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Now, Park City an international vacation destination, drawing tourists of all shapes and sizes. A quick glance at Wikipedia reveals that for a town of just 8,000 residents, Park City draws over 3 million visitors in a year. Some come in wintertime, choosing Utah’s “greatest snow on earth” for family ski trips or holiday gatherings.

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The town’s population grows by 50,000 during January’s Sundance Film Festival alone, the streets dotted with movie stars and filmmakers.

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It’s also busy in spring, summer, and fall with some of the best single-track mountain biking in the country and unlimited outdoor adventures available.

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A glance out of my windows displays gorgeous Utah mountains in all directions. It’s like living in a postcard. It’s a very special place, and I call it home.

Park City is not my first experience living in a tourist town. I spent a decade in Durango, Colorado, and I know the good and the bad of living in a desirable vacation destination. I know the frustration of getting stuck on a Main Street filled with lost drivers in rental cars, or how to weave through sidewalks clogged with gawking foreigners wearing camera necklaces. Tourist season can be a pain for someone just trying to live their normal life. But it’s also what keeps a town like that alive, in economics AND energy. I waited tables for years, and loved the interaction as a local with people from somewhere else. Everybody’s on vacation- how fun is that?

People want to take trips to places like Park City because it’s awesome! There is so much to do here, no matter what you’re interested in. I’ve found that when people LIVE in a vacation destination, they avoid the ‘tourist’ attractions. Much of the time, locals don’t experience what their area has to offer- and just think of what they are missing! Consider the native New Yorker who’s never been to the top of the Empire State Building, or a Parisian who avoids the Eiffel Tower. I don’t want to miss out on Park City.

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I have the luxury of time at this point in my life. I’ve got a list of things I want to do, attractions I drive by daily that I want to see, experiences I want to have…I’ve got a home town to explore.

ME in PCfollow along on my adventures, won’t you?

*All photos from Pinterest, except the mining shots from Utah to Go and Mining Artifacts websites.

5 replies »

  1. Bryce and Zion were magical places (the only places I’ve been there). I can’t wait to get back to Utah with the kids one day. It’s a beautiful state.

    • That is a gorgeous area. It’s not super close to where I am. Utah is cool like that- from red-orange dessert moonscapes to the crazy mountains near where I live. I do love living here…

  2. We get “Leafers” up here (don’t know if you ever saw that Family Guy episode.” I also live by the commons which is one of the biggest shopping places around so we ALWAYS are packing with people. My town used to be a town for tourist, they have summer houses up here and some of them are actually still just down the street from me. I often think how lucky I am to always live in a place where people still call their vacation spot.

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