Just a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City, Park City, Utah, is alive with outdoor activity. The adventure among these mountains is the stuff of legends, with famous skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking trails, horseback riding, and the annual star-studded Sundance Film Festival. Between a stunning landscape and its historic mining downtown, there’s no shortage of fun to fill your Park City getaway.
We asked our team at Vacasa for their must-see spots to relax, eat, and play when vacationing in Park City. Here are our recommendations for where to eat and stay, what to see, and even fun things to do with kids. Book your stay, pack your bags, and get ready to relax—we’ve got your Park City travel plans on lock.
With the fresh mountain air to greet you in the morning, you’re off to a great start—roll out of bed and into breakfast at Atticus Coffee Books & Teahouse, where you can curl up with a book while sipping your morning drink. Whether hitting happy hour or winding down après-ski, High West Distillery & Saloon has been whetting whistles since 1870 with aged whiskeys, beers, and a fun variety of cocktails. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, keep the spirit of the west alive with dinner at No Name Saloon, and dig into a bison burger or vegetarian-friendly black bean burger.
Park City rests at a cool 7,000-foot elevation, so the big pull for many travelers is the fresh-powdered slopes, best enjoyed at Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Village. If you’re looking for fun besides skiing, or things to do in the summer, tour Utah Olympic Park, and be sure to check out the Kimball Art Center, which hosts the Kimball Art Festival every August. Plan on strolling Main Street’s cute historic downtown, which is lined with art galleries, coffee shops, and boutiques (as well as the home of the renowned Sundance Film Festival). Outside of city attractions, Utah’s landscape is a sight to behold year-round, so it’s worth a scenic drive to take in the towering peaks and blooming wildflower canyons.
With unique attractions like the Park City Alpine Coaster and Alpine Slide, the mountains become a new kind of playground kids are sure to enjoy. Park City Museum offers plenty of interesting and interactive exhibits, including the city’s original basement jail (a time-honored photo op) and Woodward Park City keeps the thrills coming with springboards, foam pits, trampolines, and outdoor sports.
The fun all begins with a Park City vacation rental, whether it’s a family home or townhouse downtown. Stay at the heart of the skiing and snowboarding action and find yourself a cozy ski-in/ski-out condo at Canyons Village or Park City Mountain Resort. Search vacation homes by amenities like mountain views, hot tubs, and fireplaces to make the most of your trip away.
Sitting at an elevation of 7,000 feet, Park City gets its fill of powder in the winter months. The mountains will see around 300–400 inches of snow, making it the place to be for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow tubing.
Park City’s fun doesn’t end when the snow melts—there are still plenty of fun things to do besides skiing. The Park City Alpine Coaster and Alpine Slide are a great time for kids and adults alike. Downtown, the Park City Museum offers a glimpse into the city’s history with interactive exhibits, and Woodward Park City’s indoor and outdoor sports facility is geared for thrills year-round.
While skiing is one of Park City’s main attractions, there’s tons of adventure waiting off the slopes, too. In town, there are museums, art galleries, boutiques, and true western saloons. As for outdoor activity, get your fill of hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, or take in your surroundings on a scenic drive.