I’ve been traveling to Park City Utah for the past 8 years now and it’s become one of my and my family’s favorite destinations. My first experience was Sundance Film festival but have been back many times in the summer and winter months and honestly I can’t decide which I love more. The mountain is filled with so many activities for families during both summer and winters. Today, on the blog I’m going to share 9 things of my favorite things to do in Park City. Subscribe to my newsletter as I will add more, but today I felt like my nine favorite was a great introduction if you haven’t been!
9 Things to Do In Park City
Park City has the largest ski resort in the U.S. yet it’s in a charming, historic mountain town. For me personally, I love the access of Park City. The mountain is quick 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City Airport. The town is not over commercialized. The shopping, food, and outdoor activities are the perfect mix for a couples weekend or a family vacation.
When most people think of Park City, the main attraction in skiing or snowboarding but there is so much more to Park City.
However, the skiing is such an amazing perk of this town and what brought us to Park City for the first time.
Where to Ski
Canyons is an amazing resort to ski on. The mountain is developed with many places for lodging as well as great restaurants such a the Farm. In the summer, there are summer concerts as well. They even offer shuttles into town for dinner that run ever 15 minutes and it only takes 10 minutes to get into Main Street of Park City.
Park City Mountain is not as big, but if you want to stay near town and grab a beer at High West or fit in some shopping, it’s the perfect place to ski.
Brighton is an amazing place to start you kids skiing. Although its a little further from Park City, our kids learned to ski there and its a great escape with some amazing sledding trails near the mountain.
Deer Valley is another option. It’s more advanced that most but the views are alone worth it! Snowbird is also close its for skiers only.
Sundance Film Festival
One attraction that really put Park City on the map is the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance is an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort, and is the largest independent film festival in the United States. The festival includes competitive categories, includes documentary and dramatic films, both feature length and short films, in which awards are given, as well as out-of-competition categories for showcasing new films.
The town transforms and new boutiques and restaurants come in just for the time of Sundance. The first time, I went Barney’s NY was there. You will see celebrities strolling the city and at the restaurants and its such a cool experience to actually skiing with them.
Live Music At Deer Valley Resort
As well in the winter, Deer Valley resort offers some amazing live concerts. The views of Dear Valley are amazing and houses some amazing luxury hotels as well as restaurants. Skiing is impeccable as they get the most snow but the summer concerts are my favorite.
Utah Olympic Park
The Utah Olympic Park still buzzes with excitement and enthusiasm that one might have expected 18-years ago when the Park hosted five events during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games: bobsled, skeleton, luge, and the Nordic combined events.
There are many activities you can do in both the winter and summer months such as ropes courses, ziplining, bobsledding, extreme tubing, and more.
I love that in the summer the mountains have so many activities. The alpine coaster is one of my kids favorites at the Canyons Village Resort. They also offer ziplining and other great family friendly actives on the mountain.
Park City is a mountain biker’s dream come true. From flowy, cross-country single track with dynamite views, to techy downhill trails with near-endless features, there is truly something to please every rider. That being said, here are a few classic Park City mountain bike trails that my husband rides and loves.
FLAGSTAFF LOOP/TIDAL WAVE
Flagstaff Loop, accessed from Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake area, can be somewhat tricky to find but is oh-so-worth the beautiful views. It has open meadows and expansive views of Mt. Timpanogos.
Also try the recently built Tidal Wave at Deer Valley Resort. This flow trail features banked turns, fun rolls, gap jumps, and other features. While many riders choose to access Tidal Wave by chairlift, it’s always fun to earn your turns by climbing first.
Easy to access from many different points in Park City, Lost Prospector is an enjoyable cruise with fantastic views of the town and the resorts. It’s a great beginner option.
Two very popular fly fishing waters are located close to Park City. One of my husbands favorite is the Provo River through Heber Valley. It is rated as one of the best trout waters in the US, and it can be fished year-round. The Weber River is another great one. It’s between Rockport and Echo Reservoirs is also considered a blue-ribbon trout stream.
Shop The Boutiques
One of my favorite things about Park City is the great shopping. I always get inspired for my kids parties or entertaining from the Free People Store.
Some of my favorite boutique is Cake and Flight. Cake is more luxury and high end. They carry Rag & Bone, Varley and also have a great beauty space with Gucci Westman makeup as well as some amazing skincare lines and candles.
Flight Boutique is another great one. Their price points are mostly under $150. They carry BB Dakota, Sorel, Cupcakes and Cashmere and some amazing trendy lines. They also carry Rylee + Cru which is one of my favorite children’s lines.
Enjoy the Food
Best Restaurant: River Horse on Main: Riverhorse on Main is one of our favorites and a must visit every time we are in Park City. It’s on the elite list of top restaurants in the nation and is one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants on park city’s historic main street. As a 16 year recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award and a Park City culinary gem. Whether you are going for dinner or Sunday brunch, it will not disappoint and the view over Main Street is amazing!
Sushi: Yuki Yami Sushi I recently found this Yuki Yami in the winter of 2020 and it will be one that we visit every time we go.
Best for Lunch + Stellar Cocktail/Disterally: High West Saloon We went to High West for lunch and an cocktail. The food is so good and such a fun hang out with friends. Under 21 is not allowed.
The Saloon offers the perfect event space for groups looking for a unique experience. You can even go on a tour of the working distillery, or have a drink at our bar in an old livery stable. Besides the drinks, the food its impeccable and it’s a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes since its so close to Park City Mountain.
Breakfast: The Park Cafe: This is the perfect stop under Park City Mountain. Its the perfect spot to even grab a quick breakfast before you ski.
We loved to travel and find new adventures so I loved sharing my Park City favorites with you. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or request a guide for any other city!
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