We’re now into my Top 10 photos of this series. Today, I’m taking you to one of the hidden gems of America – Park City, Utah.
Park City is probably best known in recent times as the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. However, it’s definitely one of my favorite walkable communities in America. Its location is picturesque—located in the Rocky Mountains just 30 miles from Salt Lake City. While the surrounding area is still heavily focused on the automobile (it’s a mostly rural area), you can tell that they are really trying to create a unique place where you might least expect it.
Park City has some great design standards that seem to incorporate a Wild West type of feel. The building setbacks from the street are generally just a few feet, giving it that old small town character.
Main Street, where I shot this photo, is one of my favorite streets in the country. This photo does not do it justice, but I thought the mountains in the background of this photo gives a little hint of just how amazing the setting is. The street has a funky, eclectic feel to it and has a seemingly endless row of restaurants, stores, bars, cafÃ©s—you name it. There are many public art pieces, paseos, and pocket parks that host small performances. There is even a bike trail that parallels Main Street and runs along a creek.
All in all, if you’re traveling through Utah on I-80 or near the Salt Lake area, you MUST see Park City. I planned to spend just a short time there, but ended up staying for several hours! Be sure to check out the additional photos I shot in the Park City photo gallery (make sure you visit the last few pages of photos to see more of Main Street).
This article is a part of the Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days photo series.