J'Adore Explore City Guide - Park City, Utah
We visited Park City, Utah, for a September wedding for one of Mike's college friends, and it was absolutey beautiful! We stayed near Deer Valley, and had a blast doing summer mountain activities, and trying all the amazing restaurants in town. The wedding was on the mountain so we took the Gondola up, and the Alpine Slides down for a really fun and unique experience!
Park City is one of the top destinations for snow skiing and winter activities, but there is a ton to do in the off-season as well! There are 3 main, world-class ski resorts in Park City - Deer Valley Resort (skiiers only), Park City Resort (biggest), and The Canyons Resort (newest).
Park City would be a great place to go with family and to take kids with all the outdoor activities as long as the kids are tall enough to participate in the activities.
Before You Go:
Snow Season is usually between mid-December to early April. Check the Snow Conditions here before you go and while you're there.
Fly into Salt Lake City, Utah
Rent Car to Drive to Park City, Utah (36 miles/45 minutes away) OR
ProTrans Park City - a service that will take you from Salt Lake to Park City in a large SUV (Group Rates and Deals Available)
Once in town, there is a free city-wide transit bus system that connects all the main resorts to the Main Street and other places in town
Some hotels will do shuttles wherever you want to go.
Gondolas between Mountains
Where to Stay:
My recommendation would be to stay in a cute cabin or cottage or nice hotel lodge if you want a more traditional moutain getaway experience, or to stay at the base of a mountain if you plan to ski for convenience. Main Street is also a bustling street with a lot to do, so that would be my next choice if you are going for fun and want to be close to restaurants and bars and don't mind being a little further from the mountain. Check out St. Regis Deer Valley or Stein Erikson Lodge.
Where to Shop:
Historic Main Street
Where to Eat:
Grappa | Upscale Italian on Main Street
501 on Main | Burgers and Sandwiches on Main Street
Riverhorse | Upscale Local/American on Main Street
Chimayo | Mexican and Southwestern Food on Main Street
Yuki Yama Sushi | Sushi on Main Street and Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor
Stein Eriksen Lodge | Sunday Brunch with Amazing Views
Where to Grab Drinks:
Where to Get Coffee/Tea:
Atticus - Coffee - Teahouse - Books | Who doesn't love a mini library with their coffeeshop?
Things to Do:
Utah Olympic Park - Park City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and has a great park where you can watch athletes training for ski and snowboarding jumps. You can also do zip lining, extreme summer tubing, summer comet bobsledding, rock wall climbing over the pool, Alpine Slides, Adventure Ropes Course, Drop Towers and more!
Park City Mountain Activities - Summer Activities include the Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster, Mountain Biking & Hiking, Zip Lines, Scenic Lift Rides, Climbing Wall, Miniature Golf, and more. Winter activities include ski and snowboarding lessons, winter zip lines, snow shoe tours, sleigh rides, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snow mobile tours, and fly fishing.
Park City Bike Park - Downhill mountain biking with various trails and various levels of difficulty
Hot Air Balloon
Art Galleries - Several along Main Street and more throughout the city
Sundance Film Festival | January
Deer Valley Music Festival with Utah Symphony Orchestra | Saturdays in July and August