Park City is a small town in Utah, but it's quickly becoming a more popular destination. The world knows Park City for its luxury ski resorts and the largest independent film festival in the United States, the Sundance Film Festival. Park City is also home to the US Ski Team, it hosted the skiing and snowboarding events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and it is one of the hottest real estate spots in America among celebrities and millionaires. Michael Jordan, Will Smith, Katherine Heigl and many other famous people own gorgeous mansions in Park City.
I have been spending so much time in Utah, both in winter and summer, that I have decided to share my favourite places in Park City.
TOP 7 Places to Visit in Park City:
1. Main Street
Main Steet is the first street you will likely want to explore in Park City. Main Street to Park City is like Oxford Street to London and Broadway to New York. Rumour has it that there are more restaurants per capita in Park City than in any other American city, and they all serve delicious food. You should also check out all the little boutiques and galleries. Be sure to go to Dolly's Bookstore, where they not only have a great selection of books and gifts, but the store is also home to a few friendly cats. And of course do take tons of pictures of the beautiful, colourful houses that easily compete with the rainbow coloured ones in Notting Hill, London.
2. Park City Museum
I love visiting museums and will never miss a chance to wander around interesting artifacts and expand my knowledge base. Usually small towns have modest museums featuring exhibits that aren’t very engaging, however the Park City Museum pleasantly surprised me with its various interactive exhibits, displays, videos and even little attractions.
This huge interactive book describing criminals from Park City's Wild West history was really fun to "read." I was not surprised to find out that the Park City Museum has recently undergone a $9 million dollar renovation. It really shows! The museum is located at 528 Main Street and it is a great family friendly place.
3. Ski Resort in winter/FUNICULAR to St.Regis in SUMMER
The majority of tourists come to Park City in the winter to ski. I only just learned how to ski last year, but my husband is a former professional skier, so I trust him when he says it is the best town for skiing in the USA. If you plan to ski, plan for at least a few days since it is cheaper to get multi-day or weekly passes rather than to pay daily.
If you visit in the summer, take the funicular to St. Regis hotel and enjoy the breathtaking view. The bar at St. Regis is beautiful and I recommend you order their signature spicy Bloody Mary or a delightfully sweet Pineapple Mojito.
4. Nature love
Everyone in Park City hikes, or so it seems. There are hundreds of trails and beautiful spots... at least according to every person who lives in Utah. I am personally not a big fan of hiking and cannot recommend any specific trails (I am more of a theatre and museum kind of girl!), but I can appreciate the nature and wildlife of Park City. Even if you just take a drive instead of wandering around the woods, you will probably spot a graceful deer or a fluffy rabbit somewhere alongside the road.
I personally love the White Barn/ McPolin Barn and its surroundings. It is a perfect spot for taking pictures or having a little picnic, plus it has a parking spot on the opposite side of the road. I will post a photoshoot from next to the McPolin Barn later!
5. Handle Restaurant and Flanagan's
Handle is a rustic-chic eatery with a very delicious and original menu. It is located at 136 Heber Avenue. It is probably one of my favourite places to eat at in Park City, along with Flanagan's. But I love Flanagan's mostly for their mouthwatering beignets.
6. Atticus Coffee
Forget about Starbucks! Atticus coffee has an impressive range of hot and ice coffees and teas, free wifi, and a very cozy atmosphere. Whenever I am visiting Park City, I go there to blog or read.
7. Silver Lake Drive
If you want to see more luxury houses (because, to be frank, they are everywhere in Park City), drive up Silver Lake Drive. The designs of some of the houses will make you reconsider buying that new pair of shoes you wanted and inspire you to start saving for a beautiful house of your own.
Hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions about Park City, and I will gladly guide you further :)