Come one, come all. Come all year.
Park City has more biking and hiking trails in the summer than any outdoorist can handle. Seriously.
In the winter, skiing is always a pleaser with its perfect combo of groomers and powder. Oh, and you like art and film festivals? There's some of that, too. No one shall be left out.
Famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival and the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City is also home to world-class resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain, that draw skiers and snowboarders from all over the country — nay, the world.
Add in the upscale restaurants, hotels and other amenities, and Park City is on the shortlist for premier mountain resort towns anywhere. Come to Park City and maybe never go home.
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Bikers riding in a Utah Meadow
Planning Your Trip to Park City
Ah, Park City, where the only thing better groomed than the slopes are the visiting celebrities. But you don’t have to be famous to get star treatment in this Valhalla of spas, resorts and outdoor sports. Below, some hot tips for getting there, getting around and getting the four-handed hot stone massage you deserve.
- Where to stay in Park City
- Where to eat in Park City
- Getting around in Park City
- What to do in Park City
- Nearby activities
Park City Location and Directions
Directions to Park City are a cinch. Simply fly into Salt Lake City International Airport and go east until the 7-11s start to look like ski lodges (about 45 minutes).
Driving directions from SLC International to Park City
Get on I-80 Eastbound from North Terminal Drive. Continue on I-80 for 28 miles, then take exit 145 toward UT-224 S until you hit Park Drive. Once there, you can take Park City’s free public transportation all around town.
Transportation options to Park City
- RIDESHARING: Uber and Lyft are available and plentiful at SLC International. Meet your driver at the designated rideshare pickup location — look for the curbside signs — located in the middle traffic lane on the ground level. A standard ride (4–5 people) should cost you around $65. You can also request a car with a ski rack during ski season for an additional fee.
- TAXI: Yellow Cab is the only on-demand taxi service at the airport, available on the ground level. You can reserve a ride in advance online.
- PRIVATE SHUTTLES: There are several shuttle companies that provide counter service on the ground floor of the terminal. Hotel shuttles can be reserved, as well. Visit an airport information desk for details.
- RENT A CAR: A variety of rental car companies are located at the Gateway Center, located adjacent to the parking garage. Take one of the two bridges from the baggage claim area. Several companies also offer shuttles to their off-site rental offices; pick-up and drop-off for those is located west of the parking garage.
Where to Stay
Need to rest your screaming quads after a day on the slopes? Park City offers every lodging option imaginable, from luxury lodges, ski-in/ski-out condos, private homes and, of course, Airbnb. Whether you want to kick up your heels in front of a crackling fire or have your heels kicked up and massaged for you in an après-ski spa, Park City has a room (or a sauna, or a pool, or a room completely covered in Robert Redford paraphernalia) with your name on it.
Things to Do in Park City
Whether you’re working on your slalom or your tan, your luge game or your nail beds, Park City is a town for all seasons and all people (but especially people who like to be outside). View a super-duper comprehensive list of things to do in Park City for each season here.
Places to Stay & Things to Do in Park City
Getting Around in Park City
There might not be such a thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free bus. Get around Park City via the city’s comprehensive (and free!) transit system, which stops at all major destinations in town. Planning an outing on Main Street? Ride the iconic trolley or take to the quaint streets by foot.
Ready? We thought so. View bus schedules and transit maps here.
Park City’s activities may be inexhaustible, but you’re not easily exhausted. Spend all that extra energy venturing into some nearby cities, where the mountains are just as proud and the activities is just as activity-y. So why are you just sitting there? GO!
The city may be salty, but the people are sweet as pie and sporty as Stockton. Do like the local pioneers do and get outdoors. Check out the blooms at Red Butte Garden then take a hike or a bike ride in the foothills. Take TRAX to Temple Square and ogle at gothic architecture then head to the Beehive House for the backstory and some horehound candy (just trust us). Picnic near a babbling brook in City Creek Park then head to one of the clubs for a show. Take in an indie flick at the Broadway or Tower theaters, a symphony at Abravanel Hall or a Broadway musical at the new Eccles Theater, or head toward the horizon and visit the city’s namesake lake at Saltair or Antelope Island.
Founded by Swiss immigrants back in the day, Heber Valley has grown into an alpine bed-and-breakfast haven so cute it’ll make your teeth hurt. Start off with a visit to the hot pots at the Homestead Resort, where what looks like a giant rocky hill covers a heated natural pool perfect for swimming, scuba diving or paddleboarding. Hike into the hills at Wasatch Mountain State Park, take a dip at Deer Creek Reservoir, then gobble up some gourmet entrées at one of the valley’s many farm-to-table restaurants. Feeling scenic? Take the antique Heber Creeper/Heber Valley Railroad down Provo Canyon, then tube down the Provo River. Feeling nostalgic? Visit in fall and check out Swiss Days, where homespun crafts and homemade food duke it out for dominance. Feeling regal? Visit in winter and check out Midway Ice Castles, where you can pose pensively like Elsa in her frozen kingdom.
Where to Eat
Everyone knows Park City’s food scene is on fleek very good, but did you know it’s as broad as it is deep? Whether you’re jonesing for some classic pizza and pasta or feeling more of a charred-mahi-mahi-with-raspberry-coulis-and-a-side-of-frisee-greens, the town serves up sais quoi and je-ne-sais-quoi in equal measure. (But seriously, what in the sais quoi is this hors-d’oeuvre and how can you get more?) Thirsty? There’s a distillery for that (or two… or three…). Can’t decide? Here are some hot tips on the best restaurants in Park City, from Main Street to mountaintop.
690 Park Ave.
Pizza, tacos, burgers, and cheesesteaks
Something tells you you’re not in Philadelphia anymore, but you can still get a mean cheesesteak on a budget at Davanza’s. When you’ve replenished your East Coast palate, stay for the all-American classics — pizza, tacos, and burgers with a laidback vibe.
703 Park Ave.
Whiskey, vodka, and alpine fare
If you’re a cross between a cowboy, a skier, and a discriminating lush, High West’s ski-in saloon is your perfect lunch or dinner date with delicious alpine fare and dinner-whiskey pairings. Looking for a spirited education? Head to the actual distillery in Wanship and see how the sausage — er, whiskey and vodka — gets made.
540 Main St.
Steaks, lobster, and local game
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but four diamonds are what AAA-rated this chic Main Street restaurant. Need to impress a colleague or treat yourself for mastering that double black diamond? Riverhorse hits the spot with sumptuous steaks, fish, and local produce and game. Think farm-to-table, if the table was very, very nice and the farmer was a French food critic.
1784 Uinta Way
Healthy entrées and sides
Want to get some superfood without going super-broke? Vessel Kitchen is committed to dishing up only the healthiest entrées, salads, soups, and bowls, and it all comes from farmers just down the way, to boot. Speaking of boots, kick them up — this eatery may be delicious, but it’s also relaxed.
820 Park Ave. #101
At this locally sourced fresh food paradise, you’ll probably have to dodge a local farmer, the neighborhood milkman, and a couple of coffee aficionados to get your food, but it’ll be worth it. Whether you’re noshing on avocado toast or tearing into some paleo banana bread, you’ll feel like you harvested, hunted, or gathered it yourself.
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