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20 Reasons to Visit Park City, Utah… NOW!

Park City, Utah has long been known for it’s World-class ski resorts, but with new one-of-a-kind culinary destinations, unique outdoor activities and off-the-beaten-path adventures, Park City is quickly redefining itself as a must-see destination for the most perspicacious traveler.

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Park City, Utah has always been “a bit different” than the beehive state’s other well known locales (Think Zion National Park, Salt Lake City, Provo, etc.), but after the 2001 Winter Olympics, a massive redevelopment on the most luxurious scale and an onslaught of unique family activities–the kind you actually want to partake in–Park City is now enjoying its coming out party as one of North America’s most sought after 4-season destinations.

One of the misnomers of Park City, Utah is that it’s just for skiers, snowboarders and film aficionados. Yes, it’s home to some of the best ski resorts in the world and plays host to the widely successful Sundance Film Festival, but what most people don’t realize is that Park City, Utah is an off-the-beaten-path, year-round playground for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to food and wine connoisseurs.

It was recently titled the Best Town in America by Outside Magazine and was also named the first Gold-level Ride Center® by the International Mountain Biking Association. But regardless of which of the numerous accolades Park City has received, it is certainly on every quality-of-life seeker’s bucket list the world over.

So today, we wanted to fill you in on 20 of the best bars, restaurants and activities (outside of skiing and snowboarding) that are making a splash to show you why NOW is the perfect time to let DiTusa Travel Group customize your Park City vacation!

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Top-Rated Activities

1. Scenic Drives 

When you stay in Park City, you are a stone’s throw away from some of the most scenic drives Utah has to offer, like Guardsman Pass and the Mirror Lake Byway.

2.  Golf to your heart’s content!

There are 8 legendary courses in Park City (all within a few miles of each other!) and another on the way at Canyons Resort, so there is certainly no shortage if Golf is what you are looking for.

3. Utah Olympic Park 

Check out the Winter Olympic Museum, speed down the bobsled track or steer your own luge while overlooking the Wasatch Mountain range.

4. Kimball Art Center

Partake in a class, check out the museum or browse the many art events at the base of Main Street Park City at the Kimball Art Center.

5. Fly Fishing Tours

A river runs through Park City’s Wasatch mountain range and it’s teeming with all the colors of the rainbow–rainbow trout that is. Get your fly fishing adventure on with one of the many local outfitters like Trout Bum 2 or embark on your own fishing adventure customized by DTG!

6. Alpine Coaster

If you are traveling with little ones, then it’s likely that they’ll be begging you for a trip to Park City Mountain’s Alpine Coaster. Give in. It’s worth it.

7. Mountain Biking at Deer Valley

Utah is well known for it’s vast mountain biking trails, but unlike the scorching crowds in Moab to the south, Deer Valley offers up some of the best mountain biking terrain in the country with enough room to roam without anyone standing in your way. The International Mountain Biking Association listed Park City as the first Gold-Level Ride Center® and is consistently rated as one of the best places to mountain bike in the US.

8. The Egyptian Theater

It started in the 1800s and then was rebuilt after a fire, but its long tradition of live theater, movies and its role as home base for the Sundance Film Festival, put The Egyptian Theater as a waypoint on any Park City itinerary. It was even once “tagged” by famous incognito British street artist Banksy in an effort to raise money to save the theater.

9. Deer Valley Music Festival

Who said Utah has a weak music scene? Certainly not Deer Valley. They light it up every year with a new slate of artists, so get out under the stars and make your ears and eyes happy at the Deer Valley Music Festival.

10.  Park Silly Sunday Market

It’s outdoors, it’s family and pet-friendly and it puts you in touch with all the local vendors Park City has to offer. The Park Silly Sunday Market is a local draw and fun for the whole family.

11.  Jordanelle State Park

Whether you are looking to go boating, fishing, partake in the numerous water sports this hot spot is known for or if you just want to explore the surrounding area, Jordanelle State Park is right around the corner, but a world away.

12. Shop the Outlets

Located in Kimball Junction, The Factory Outlets have everything you need for a vacation shopping spree and are accessible via the free shuttle throughout town.

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Wine & Dine: Have lunch like a local and dinner like a Dignitary

13. Apex at Montage

Montage describes Apex as “Classic continental cuisine in an unforgettable mountain setting.” And rightfully so… dine like a dignitary and then take a stroll along the massive confines of this newly minted luxury resort to see just how unforgettable it is.

14. Wahso

It’ll cost you, but if Asian cuisine is on your agenda, then you can’t pass up Wahso. Once you walk in, it’s as if you are transported back to the secret opium dens of the Orient, however one taste of this incredible menu and you’ll realize you are very much in the here and now.

15. The Farm

With organic eats, a stunning Rocky Mountain atmosphere and a family friendly vibe, there’s a reason The Farm was listed as Best New Restaurant in Utah by Salt Lake City Magazine.

16. High West Distillery

Billed as Utah’s first distillery since the 1870’s, High West not only produces award winning whiskey, but it has some of the best food in town!

17. J&G Grill at the St. Regis Hotel in Deer Valley

It’s the St. Regis, so you have to order one of their legendary bloody marys, but the reason you come here is to ride the funicular up to the mountain-top setting of J&G. Show up in summer or during the shoulder seasons (Spring and fall) and you can also sip your bloody mary by the outdoor fireplaces while overlooking the quaint town of Park City. It is a MUST for anyone looking to experience something different in Park City!

18. Chimayo Restaurant

Distinctive Southwestern cuisine, Chimayo serves up some of the best elk dishes in town while you bask in the soft lighting of the fireplace and warm interior accents.

19. Windy Ridge Café

If you want amazing food at decent prices while rubbing elbows with the locals, this is your off-the-beaten-path hotspot for lunchtime munchies. Hint: Have the French Onion Soup!

20. El Chubasco

Hands down, the best Mexican food in town (perhaps in Utah!) El Chubasco never disappoints and you’re bound to run into one of Park City’s reigning 2014 Olympic Medalists.


Happy travels!

—Aaron Lyles

Please contact Russ at DiTusa Travel Group for a personalized Park City getaway.