When I need an afternoon getaway or a relaxed weekend of spontaneous fun, I find myself taking the 20 minute drive through the beautiful Wasatch Mountains towards my favorite little mountain oasis: Park City. Our trips to Park City are never exactly the same… sometimes we spend the majority of our time shopping at Tanger Outlets in Kimball Junction; sometimes we spend the weekend relaxing at the resort–filling our days with swimming, snoozing, boozing, and ordering room service; and sometimes we go out for a wild night on the town.
The one constant in all of our visits is our time spent wandering historic main street; window-shopping, people watching, browsing the bookshelves of our favorite little Bookstore, stopping for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, and ending the day with dessert at Java Cow Ice Cream or the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. While Main Street itself is steeped in history, there was one historic landmark that had eluded us. Surprisingly, as many times as we had been to Park City, we never took the time to stop at the Utah Olympic Park located just a short drive from Main Street.
Built for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the 389-acre park houses a museum dedicated to honor the history and heritage of the Games held right in my own backyard. Displays with emotion-filled pictures, newspaper headlines, video clips and broadcasts, U.S. uniforms, and even the mold that created those sought-after medals are housed on the second floor of this museum.
The site is also an active Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, so when you visit be sure to check out the world-class venues, including a bobsled course, six Nordic ski jumps, the freestyle aerials competition hill, and the training pool.
I am shocked that we didn’t get up here years ago!!