Park City is a town packed with everything from mountain adventure activities, to vibrant nightlife and award-winning dining. It is challenging to fit everything Park City has to offer into one weekend, but luckily we are here to help. We picked a few of our favorite ideas to help you plan your own perfect 72 hours in our quaint mountain town.
Arrive in Park City (just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport) and check into your lodging. Park City offers luxurious hotels, vacation rentals, and charming inns - regardless of where you choose to stay, you will feel right at home. It may be tempting to turn in early after traveling, but we suggest that you head to one of Park City's many award-winning eateries and restaurants. After dinner, try one of the bars or saloons on Historic Main Street. Don't forget to indulge in one of Park City's local brews, or some High West whiskey, which is distilled locally.
Friday Morning on Historic Main Street:
We suggest you grab breakfast on Historic Main Street, with your hiking gear in tow. Ask a Park City local where they like to grab coffee and breakfast - we're certain they will have a favorite. Hop on the free city-wide transit bus from the Old Town Transit Center on Swede Alley (parallel to Main Street) and head to Park City Mountain or Deer Valley Resort for a scenic chairlift ride. The resorts burst with beautiful autumn colors this time of year. Enjoy the crisp air as you hike back down to one of the resort centers. Stay at one of the resort centers for lunch, or catch the free bus back to Historic Main Street to enjoy an al fresco meal with a gorgeous view.
A Gold Medal Friday Afternoon & Evening:
As host to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City has held onto its Olympic legacy in many ways, but especially when it comes to the Utah Olympic Park (UOP). An afternoon spent at the UOP is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner athlete with activities such as zip-lining, bobsled rides, and adventure ropes courses. Professional athletes use the facility to train as well - perhaps you will see a future Olympian practicing his or her aerials above the newly renovated pool!
Once you're ready to relax, sit down for some dinner and drinks at one of Park City's many pubs. Our dining guide might be helpful in selecting where to dine - the options are plentiful. Following dinner, participate in a gallery stroll, check out a Park City Film Series flick, or catch a show at the famous Egyptian Theatre, a Sundance Film Festival venue and local treasure.
Rise and Shine on Saturday:
It may be tempting, but there is no time for sleeping in today. Enjoy some coffee before meeting your guide in Newpark for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. It's not often you get a birds-eye view of Park City - you will be amazed! (Note: if you're here September 15-16, don't miss the balloon festival, Autumn Aloft.)
After you've landed, head to Historic Main Street for a tour through Park City's history. The Park City Museum gives visitor's an inside look into the town's rich beginnings. The museum also offers guided walking tours, which include highlights pertaining to the areas silver mining history.
Saturday Afternoon/Evening Activity and Art:
After a morning filled with expansive views, take a closer look at Park City's beauty as you hit the trails in the World's first International Mountain Biking Association designated Gold-level Ride Center. With over 450 miles of public trails, you'll be in mountain bike heaven.
Since you likely worked up an appetite riding, indulge in some Park City cuisine before exploring the town's culture. Stroll through Historic Main Street's galleries and shops; sip a few cocktails - enjoy yourself! After all, this is the last night of your Park City weekend vacation.
An Easy Sunday:
Enjoy brunch before settling in for some pampering at one of Park City's many spas. After a bike ride and a hike, we're nearly certain that you will enjoy a little R&R. When your spa morning is over, meander through Park Silly Sunday Market to check out the artists' booths and live music, prior to choosing a place for lunch. You will still have time for one more activity before leaving town, so suit up for an afternoon round of golf at one of our stellar golf courses.
Worried that you didn't explore all of what Park City has to offer? That's alright - we know there is a lot to choose from. We look forward to seeing you again soon!