10 Things to Do in Park City, Utah

It’s easy to feel a little dizzy in Park City—and not just because this old mining town is perched at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Truly, the range of activities on offer—from skiing, to hiking, to thermal crater swimming, to whiskey tasting—is enough to make even the calmest traveler’s head spin. From the cutest hotel near the slopes to the tastiest chocolate-maker around, here are places that shouldn’t be missed on your next visit.

Ski from one side of Park City Mountain Resort to the other

One of the best and most unique aspects of skiing or snowboarding at Park City is the ability to travel freely from one side of the mountain to the other. It's quite the experience to start the morning at Canyons Village, grabbing a breakfast burrito or bagel sandwich on your way past Red Pine Lodge, making your way across the mountain by riding Quicksilver Gondola, and eventually ending the day on Town Lift with some après drinks on Main Street!

Grab a Coffee at Atticus Coffee & Teahouse

This café is family run with a literary bent—you can exchange or drop off used books for credit, or just browse the eclectic shelves as you wait for your latte. They have a full-on tea menu, serving everything from the essential matcha latte, to several different chai variations (turmeric, masala-spiced, pumpkin with the option of espresso), to tea lattes with hemp/almond milk. There is, of course, coffee, too; and Atticus serves salads and wraps until 3PM, as well as smoothies.

Stay at the Washington School House

Tucked into the center of lower Main Street near the town lift, the gorgeously refurbished Washington School House has twelve rooms, done up with reclaimed oak wood floors, all-white interiors, and vintage rugs. The overall vibe feels much more Parisian apartment than it does rustic alpine chalet and I am here for it. The complimentary breakfast is great while the heated pool and outdoor fire pit are big draws for après.

Saddle Up to the Bar at the High West Saloon

Right next to the Town Lift in Park City, High West is billed as the world’s first and only ski-in/ski-out gastro-distillery. Warm up at the bar (it’s made of reclaimed wood from a 1904 Salt Lake bridge) and order a barrel-aged Manhattan. If you’re feeling extra-indulgent, the mac-and-cheese—made with smoked cheddar, jalapeno, and bacon—is so, so worth it. For a quick lesson in how small-batch spirits are made, including a look at their 250-gallon copper sill, free tours are given daily each afternoon.

Eat a delicious Australian breakfast at Five5eeds

Five5eeds is an Aussie café that looks and tastes like it was plucked right out of Bronte Beach. Settle in for a plate of Moroccan shakshouka or the PC superfood grain salad (wild rice, quinoa, farro, BBQ charred corn, chai-soaked goji berries, and arugula). For kids, there's a special menu featuring a mini stack of hotcakes and fruit, that I've ordered as a 35 yo adult, it's that good.

Spend a little too much money at Cake on Main

Did you forget a warm scarf or just hate everything you packed? This go-to boutique carries Rag and Bone, Vince, DVF and more. They are experts in helping you stay warm but look chic at the same time. The shelves are stocked with Frame denim and Sundry loungewear (perfect for fireside après), plus cute things from See by Chloe and ALC.

Buy your girlfriends souvenirs they actually want at Park City Mercantile

Park City Mercantile is one of those stores that wouldn’t look out of place on Abbot Kinney in Venice, but it still works as kind of a modern-day general store in Park City, too. The light-wooden shelves are overflowing with Farmhouse pottery, cozy Faribault blankets, soaps from Juniper Ridge, Tanner Goods leather bracelets and Coyuchi linens. It's all very GOOP.

Make all of your City Slicker dreams come true at Burns Cowboy Shop

The easiest way to look like you've been to Park City (even if you haven't) is to don a pair of cowboy boots. They come in and out of style according to the trends of the season, but you can't go wrong with having one well-made pair in the closet. Burns Cowboy Shop does it right.

Try Paddleboard Yoga Inside a Geothermal Crater

The Homestead Crater has been forming over the last 10,000 years, is geothermically heated, and percolates up minerals that eventually formed the 55 foot high mineral dome that covers the geothermal pool. Water filters into the pool through an aquifer, keeping the water constantly clean and warm. You’ll feel like you’re on another planet when you walk into the massive limestone rock dome to access this 65-foot-deep geothermal pool, hovering around a constant 90 to 96 degrees. Once you’re in the pool you can enjoy a therapeutic soak in the mineral-rich waters or you can swim, snorkel or try a paddle board bikram yoga class that will challenge your sense of balance.

Throw caution to the wind and try Utah Olympic Park's Bobsled Track

Just outside of downtown Park City, the Utah Olympic Park still buzzes with excitement from 16 years ago when the Park hosted five events during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games: bobsled, skeleton, luge, and the Nordic combined events. The bobsled track is still there and now you don't have to be an Olympian to experience all 1,335 meters of pure, icy exhilaration with over 15 turns and 103 feet of vertical drop. This incredible track is maintained with 54 miles of piping and 110,000 pounds of refrigeration to keep the track at -14 F during the winter. In the cold months visitors can ride three at a time with a professional driver down the track.

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