Shop, Ski, and See: 35 Best Things to do in Park City
On the way to Park City, Utah, the Wasatch Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop. Once you’ve arrived at the city’s Main Street, you’ll find buildings dating back to the 19th-century silver mining boom. This street also offers a heart-pumping cardio workout since there are many uphill climbs to explore its vast retail shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. If walking uphill is a battle, an alternative is to ride uphill on the city’s free shuttle bus, available year-round, or grab your snowshoes and enjoy the workout.
Lovingly referred to as “Bark City,” this skier’s paradise getaway is also a dog-friendly destination. Four-legged family members are welcome at many lodging properties, such as the AvantStay Picasso property, and plenty of dog parks and dog-friendly trails surround the area. Be sure to check out the Park City Bark City Facebook page for more information on upcoming happenings with fur babies in tow.
Despite Park City proper’s small population of 8,000, there are over 100 restaurants lining Park City’s main street and surrounding streets, summoning visitors throughout the year. Locally sourced menus provide restaurant-goers with the full Park City dining experience, highlighting the agricultural and culinary chops the city has to offer. Everyone from vegetarians and meat lovers, to sushi fanatics and pasta aficionados can find something they like with Park City’s wide variety of options. Aside from the food itself, the views from these restaurants make for the perfect spectator spot. Relax and watch the parade of vacationing families, couples, and locals strolling past, while enjoying the culinary delights that Park City has to offer.
WHERE TO EAT
- Breakfast at Five5eeds, owned by Australians who wanted to elevate the city's breakfast scene. Suggested order: pulled pork benedict, mushrooms on quinoa toast, or a plate of Moroccan Shakshuka (baked eggs, feta, and a spice dip known as dukkha).
- The Eating Establishment is a longtime local’s favorite that serves traditional breakfast foods all day. Menu items of interest include a loaded baked potato omelet, farfalle, and egg scramble, or go full throttle southern and order a plate of biscuits and gravy.
- Lunch at RIME Seafood + Raw Bar for wintertime ski-in/out (or takeout for the gondola up)
- RIME’s sister property in St. Regis Deer Valley, RIME Seafood & Steak, is open year-round.
- On Historic Main Street, 350 Main offers seasonal favorites of summer that include a citrus vinaigrette splashed over orange slices, raspberries, and garden-fresh salad, best enjoyed with a glass of crisp rosé. For those looking to get their veggies in without eating leafy greens, they also offer an amazing plate of corn-on-the-cob served on a bed of orange-red Romesco sauce topped with a chartreuse cream of basil aioli.
- Hearth & Hill is perfect for shareable plates of potato pierogi, or harvestable options such as an ahi poke bowl or winter salad. Cauliflower enchiladas are recommended, but if you’re starving it might be best to opt for short rib pastrami.
- Open for dinner since 2019, Courchevel Bistro’s French chef, Clement Gelas, inspires cuisine from his native favorites. A Talisker Club—the only four-club private community in the city, Courchevel Bistro was named for Park City’s sister city in the French Alps and situated within the historic Coal & Lumber building where Main Street meets Heber Avenue.
- Twisted Fern sources local, creative culinary ingredients meant to impress. Begin with a trout salad before biting into a black bean lentil burger – and save room for a plant-based dessert of lemon olive oil cake with strawberry-rhubarb compote and candied pistachio.
- Dine in a private, heated bubble on the rooftop terrace at the Kimball Terrace while enjoying the view of the mountains and street views from the rooftop.
WHERE TO DRINK
- Nightlife begins at St. Regis Bar to sip its signature 7452 Mary, an enticing blend of the St. Regis Bar’s famous Bloody Mary mix and Five Wives Vodka locally-distilled from Utah mountain spring water, served with a black salt rim and a wasabi-celery foam. Paying homage to St. Regis tradition, a commissioned mural in the bar reflects the city's history as a silver mining town, created by artist Phillip Buller. Chef Matthew Harris offers light fare to nosh on in this modern mountain lounge.
- Hearth & Hill is a locals’ gathering spot that offers guests the immersive experience to make-your-own Old Fashioned, most suitable as an apres-ski experience, but you decide. You may prefer a Dragonfly Rita concocted with rabbit & grass tequila, alpine preserve, smoked pitaya, and dragon fruit jam, lime, agave, and mint. This cocktail was a 2020 fan favorite of the Park City Cocktail Contest. There’s also food offered, whether shareable -- potato pierogi, for example, or harvestable options such as an ahi poke bowl or winter salad. Cauliflower enchiladas are considered feast-able, but if you’re truly hungry, it might be best to opt for short rib pastrami.
- The Umbrella Bar at Canyon's Village This classic outdoor deck spot in the Resort Village offers 360-degree views from its unique glass enclosure and a massive outdoor deck with a perfect view of the village music stage. Along with a menu that features specialty hot dogs, and burgers, there's also an extensive beer selection featuring draft and craft brews.
- Outdoor activities begin at Deer Valley Resort, a ski-only in the winter spot. Book your stay at AvantStay’s Scarlet property, a mere five-minutes from Deer Valley Resort.
- Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in the country and the place for snowboarders to enjoy in the winter months, hike, mountain bike, alpine slide, or eagle coast in the summer. With over 400 miles of trails for hiking and biking, there’s plenty of terrain for visitors to enjoy some recreation. Many recreation companies offer guided tours or lessons for the likes of mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, jet skiing, and rock climbing.
THINGS TO DO
Within this ski-obsessed destination, there are several options to hit the slopes, and you can even book a stay on a property a stone’s throw away from a ski lift, such as AvantStay’s Slopeside. But you don’t have to be a ski enthusiast to enjoy this destination.
- Park City Wine Festival is a premier gathering event for master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests to play, wine, and dine. More than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products will be showcased during this ultimate food and wine experience that takes place annually, the end of September. Whet your palate with wine and food tastings and educate your palate during seminars and outdoor adventures with food and wine on the itinerary.
- Savor the Summit, Park City’s biggest outdoor dinner party and trendsetter to other destinations, will return in 2022 to resume the annual June event that offers diners a unique celebration of fabulous food, drink, and live music while seated in the middle of Main Street. Park City's best restaurants showcase their culinary talents in an open-air community celebration that requires no ticket to purchase. You do, however, need to make a reservation directly with a participating restaurant of your choice.
- Park City Farmer’s Market is a seasonal market held on Wednesdays, from noon to 5 pm at Park City Resort from June through the end of October. This space is a great way to meet like-minded organic food enthusiasts on a “no-spray” quest -- and to stock up on fresh local goods from Utah farmers and vendors. Arrive hungry to enjoy food truck offerings!
- Park City Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and provides the perfect introduction for newbies. Here, you’ll learn about the city's rich history and culturally significant sites. This is a stop worthy of a visit. You’ll realize why it has won numerous awards, accolades, and inclusion in national and international travel guides as a Top Ten attraction.
- Sundance Film Festival, perhaps the most famous annual event, takes place here for seven days each year, beginning at the end of January. This is a place to rub elbows with celebrities during premieres, events, artist talks, and cutting-edge exhibitions. Adventurous audiences and indie film lovers are welcome to celebrate exciting new talent and creative visionaries.
- For more than 50 years, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival has been a highlight for three days in early August. More than 50,000 attendees converge on Main Street to browse and purchase art from a festival that ranks among the top art festivals in the country for artist sales and attendee experience.
- Year-round action sports for all ages and levels are held at Woodward Park City, the ideal stop for beginners trying to learn something new. This state-of-the-art indoor action sports hub also spans more than 60 acres of outdoor action sports and mountain parks. If your interests include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, or skateboarding, this is the place to visit.
- All Seasons Adventures provides instruction, high-quality gear, beverages, snacks, and a personalized experience focused on customer service. Interested in fly fishing, trap shooting, or horseback riding in the summer? Wintertime options include snowshoeing, winter fly fishing, and dog sledding activities.
- Wasatch Excursions offers guided and non-guided ATV, UTV, and Snowmobile rentals.
- Park City Yoga Adventures offers Zen-inducing yoga experiences such as silks yoga in a barn, outdoor yoga, and SUP yoga in a geothermal crater.
- Escape Room Park City is the place to test your puzzle-solving skills through one of several experiences. The Pirate Booty experience is one you’ll talk about for months after your group has been captured as indentured servants to locate a treasure -- and then sail your way to freedom.
- Summit Bike Share electric bike stations around town are available for use every day from spring through fall. This mode of transportation is a fun way to tour the area without worrying about the hills. There are annual and monthly memberships available for those who want to ride the bikes regularly, or you can pay-per-ride. There’s an Official Summit Bike Share App where you can access membership information and bikes, and you can find this information at any station kiosk located near the bike docks.
- Alpine Slide is meant for adrenal-rush seekers. A stop at Park City Mountain Village is where you can slide on over 3,000 feet of a luge-like track deemed one of the longest alpine coasters in the world, with multiple paths to choose from so sliders can experience a different ride each time.
- Utah Outdoor Adventures is the place to sign up for customized snowshoeing experiences. This company focuses on outdoor experiences for small private groups.
WHERE TO SHOP
- Take a stroll along the picturesque Historic Main Street, the perfect place to browse, window shop, peek inside a quirky gallery or two and enjoy some free time.
- If you’re seeking souvenirs or sporting goods, you’ll want to stop for some retail therapy at the Resort Center at Park City Mountain Resort and Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort. If you’re in the market for outdoor and travel clothing that ranges from base layers, lifestyle, and outwear to help keep you cool and dry in the summer heat, head to Smartwood at the Resort Village at Canyons Resort. In between shopping, you can purchase your summer gondola, and chair-lift passes.
- For chain stores and more diverse shops, Redstone is the spot to browse through major retailers, fine shops, and food markets such as World Market, Whole Foods, and Bed Bath & Beyond. This is also where you can stop for dinner and a movie.
- Outlet shopping is a fun sport unto itself, and there’s an outlet mall six miles north of the city on SR 224 with over 65 stores that include Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and J Crew.
- Park Silly Sunday Market is a great way to spend your Sunday if only to people-watch and browse the unique artisan goods for sale. Bread, pies, hot dogs, and more farm-friendly food options are at every turn in this delicious open-air market open early June through September, with street performers and music to entertain.
MORE FUN FACTS
- High West Distillery, founded in 2006, was the first to open in Utah following the Prohibition. In fact, it was the first legal distillery since 1870 -- even before Prohibition!). In 2016, Whisky Advocate named High West its "Distiller of the Year.” Plan a stop here to take an educational whiskey tour and experience a tasting.
- Park City was a key location during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, where events included aerials, freestyle moguls, and alpine slalom ski events: snowboarding halfpipe; bobsledding; luge; and ski jumping. Today, U.S. Ski & Snowboard calls Park City home, and many of our nation's Olympians use the city for training at Utah Olympic Park. Summer offerings include: Extreme Tubing, Alpine Slide, bobsled, ropes courses, and ziplines. Two museums are open (and free admission) year-round: Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Bobsledding is also offered year-round (wintertime on ice, summertime on wheels).Whether you’re looking for cozy restaurants with eclectic food options, beautiful 19th-century architecture to admire, or unique activities to do in the snow, Park City is the place to be. It’s perfect for novice skiers/snowboarders and pros alike, as well as shopaholics, culinary buffs, museums go-ers, and festival junkies. Book a trip with one of AvantStay’s Park City properties to come experience the rich history and booming tourist attractions yourself.