How to do Park City Right
In addition to the main attractions of skiing, snowboarding, biking and golfing, here is our essential guide of what not to miss during your visit to Park City.
Restaurants, shops, and galleries now inhabit the historic buildings of Park City’s Main Street. What was once a hub for silver miners is now the liveliest area of this resort-based town. It’s easy to spend an afternoon meandering down the street. But it can be done wrong. There’s more to see than t-shirt stores and souvenir shops. Visit Best Main Street Hotels page if you’re interested in staying on Main Street, and check out our How To Main Street for insider tips and “can’t miss” spots.
Serving fresh cocktails and delicious food, Handle is simply our favorite restaurant in Park City. Choose off a menu of entrees and small bites featuring locally sourced ingredients that look as good as they taste. (We recommend eating family style so you can try a little bit of everything.) Located in the Gateway Mall, on the corner of Heber and Swede Alley, you stand almost NO chance of finding this place unless you’re actively looking for it. Visit the Handle website.
High West Distillery and Saloon is popular among locals and tourists alike. This historic space connects a renovated Victorian home with a neighboring building that dates back to the mining boom. The bar and restaurant carry a little of the old west feel, offering a menu of classic home-style western fare with a contemporary twist. If you’re skiing Park City Mountain, you can ski down to the restaurant located almost directly under the Town Lift. We recommend their signature whiskey cocktails, even if you aren’t into whiskey. Visit High West Distillery website.
The Montage Deer Valley is famous for doing everything right. And they’re geniuses at programming live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and other select peak periods. While this is an enormous hotel with several options for fine dining, there’s a unique and intimate feel to each area within the resort. You don’t need to be a hotel guest in order to experience the exclusive, yet comfortable, ambiance of the Montage. Come up for a drink or for a full meal. Families should check out Daly’s Pub & Rec, equipped with bowling alley, games and a full menu and bar. Visit Montage Deer Valley website.
Something that is both delicious and healthy is hard to come by, which is why Vessel has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Park City. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, each dish is packed with unbelievable flavor and topped with one-of-a-kind sauces. Their mission statement to have you “feeling better on the way out the door than you did on the way in” couldn’t ring truer. Visit the Vessel website.
There’s something for everyone at Fletcher’s from a cozy lounge with couches, to DJs, to a dining area. Recently opened, this bar has already made a name for itself as the place to go for everything from an original cocktail to a sit-down dinner. If you want to really treat yourself, try the Poutine and the Tuna Tartare. Visit Fletcher’s website.
Built for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park serves as a world-class training facility and offers unique adventures for visitors. Family offerings include a museum, a freestyle ski show, nature trails, and access to real athletes in training. The facility is perched at about 7,000 feet and offers incredible mountain views. Summer adventurers should try the bobsled, alpine slide, zip line, and adventure ropes courses. The newest and most popular activity is called “Extreme Tubing.” This involves an inner-tube and a nordic ski jump. It’s a sure-fire way to spike your adrenaline. Visit Utah Olympic Park website.
The absolute best way to end a ski day is with a classic burger and beer. We believe it replenishes all the electrolytes, fluids, and carbs you burned during a day of skiing. And, there’s no better place to get this burger and beer than The Corner Store. It’s a go-to favorite based on its location within the Park City base area and its consistently well-priced breakfast and après options. Visit The Corner Store’s website.
Each Sunday (from June through mid-September) Historic Main Street transforms into a carnival-style affair. An eco-friendly, open-air market lines the street with art, creative gifts, and just plain silly fun. You’ll find local bands, food, beer, a farmer’s market, and more. If you brought the family, it’s a sure win for kids, with bouncy houses, face painting, art projects, hula hoops, and a petting zoo. You won’t find anything more energetic and inspiring in all of downtown. Visit Park Silly website.
Local Tip: Don’t miss the Bloody Mary Bar – create your own with all kinds of condiment fixin’s. And don’t forget that the rest of Main Street has great shopping and restaurants as well.
Part bookshop, part coffee shop, this Main Street location is the perfect place to grab a coffee on the go or to sit on a couch with your favorite novel to relax for a little. Enjoy a variety of drinks named after famous literary characters, peruse the bookshelves, admire the local art, and enjoy live music, all within the walls of this Coffee house. Visit the Atticus website.
Trademarked as the “official wine of après,” Old Town Cellars offers an affordable Park City-made wine that is a must-try. Ski off the mountain via the town run and go straight to a tasting with your ski boots still on. Relax in a fun atmosphere that is for skiers by skiers (and boarders) while you enjoy our favorite, The Townie Rose, and a charcuterie board. Visit the Old Town Wine Cellar’s website.
The Park City Film Series is a single screen art house cinema that shows awesome independent films, both domestic and international, and is often considered to be a year-round miniature Sundance Film Festival. Located within the library building, this niche cinema brings incredible movies to Park City that would otherwise slip right under the popular radar. It is worth a visit every time you visit Park City, if possible. Check their calendar to see what is playing and what is coming up. Visit Park City Film Series website.
The unique combination of American staples like wings and burgers, craft and draft brews, outdoor dining, and a 360’ glass enclosure make Umbrella a great place to take après. The refreshing environment and stimulating menu will simultaneously relax and invigorate you whenever you need a little something during your ski day. Visit Umbrella Bar website.
Relatively new to the Park City Mountain area, the Armstrong Trail begins at the Silver Star chair lift and the Silver Star Café. The beauty of this one is unparalleled. Initially you’ll get views of Park City as you being to climb. Then the trail flattens out a bit and becomes enveloped in a canopy of trees. Because it’s covered, it’s less likely to be dusty or hot during the peak of summer. About a mile up, you’ll pass a Park City Resort ski lift. The trail is limited to uphill bike traffic only, which makes it a safe bet for hikers. This is a moderate trail; expect to gain some elevation. Visit Mountain Trail’s Foundation website.
Of Park City’s astonishing 400+ miles of available singletrack, the Mid-Mountain Trail is frequently our suggestion for first trail to check out. It appeals to nearly everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, even long time locals. The Mid-Mountain Trail rolls over 30 miles of country, from Deer Valley through Park City Resort, while staying at approximately 8,000 feet of elevation. It has many access points, including lift service at each resort. For those with Billy Goat lungs, bypass the chair and spin up your wheels (the Armstrong trail being a great option). In general, we recommend beginning at upper Deer Valley and heading towards Park City for the smoothest and most enjoyable terrain. You have many options and distances available, so stop by a local bike shop for advice, maps, and parking recommendations. Visit Mountain Trail’s Foundation website.
The Town Lift offers access from Historic Main Street to Park City Resort. But aside from being a skier’s lift, this is a great option for a scenic ride for travelers of all ages. It channels through an intimate tree-studded area of Park City Resort. See the picturesque area from a bird’s-eye view. Take the lift up and then back down, or try a hike from the top. If you’re skiing Park City, we recommend bypassing the on-mountain food and skiing down to Main Street for lunch. You can take the Town Lift back up the mountain. Visit Park City Mountain website.
Get away from the hustle and bustle on Main to cool off—or warm up—for a bit in this two-for-one hot spot. Built adjacent to one another, with easy access between both establishments. Boneyard packs top-rate pub fare. We suggest a craft beer, wings, and truffle fries. But if you want to step it up a notch, step down into Wine Dive. They offer wood-fired artisan pizzas, unique salads, and delicious small plates to go with their nectar of the gods. Visit Egyptian Theater website.
A mountain-town classic, the Alpine Slide and Coaster are the ideal way to get your adrenaline fix in. Choose between the coaster, a metal track winding through the trees above the base area, and the slides, four concrete luge-like slides running from the top of the mountain to the bottom. While screaming down the mountain at top speed, be sure to take in the phenomenal view of the valley below. Visit Park City Mountain website.