Park City

Two dozen galleries in this relatively small town speak to a local devotion to art. The recently renovated Park City Museum highlights local history, with an old territorial jail you can step into. Also entertaining are the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Museum up at Utah Olympic Park, where the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and Nordic jumping events were held during the 2002 Winter Games. And all year long, Park City Institute brings renowned international acts to the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center adjacent to the local high school.

The granddaddy of Park City festivals is, of course, Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival in January. Other standouts are the summer Deer Valley Music Festival—with Utah Symphony performances on the resort's lawn nearly every Saturday in July and August, as well as chamber music performances around town—and free weekly music at Deer Valley (Wednesdays), Newpark (Thursdays), and Canyons (Saturdays). And summer 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Park City Arts Festival, with more than 200 artists and craftspeople on Main Street.