When you visit Park City, there’s a myriad of activities to do and prime places for sightseeing at every turn. You’ll want to ask locals for advice on finding some off-the-beaten-path places, but you’ll also want to hit some of the best things to see in Park City listed in the guidebooks for a unique vacation that will keep everyone entertained throughout the stay. From thrills at Utah Olympic Park to a subdued wine tasting event, there’s something to keep everyone interested and happy every day of your stay.
Park City Tourism: Utah Olympic Park
With the summer 2020 games in Tokyo moved to this year, you’ve been able to immerse yourself in events like swimming and diving, track and field, soccer, beach volleyball, and more to keep you in the mood for summer. When you’re in Park City, you can look ahead to winter months with a walk down memory lane. When you visit Utah Olympic Park, you’ll step back in time nearly 20 years to 2002 when the icy games took place right there. It’s an adrenaline junkie’s winter heaven. The park was home to several Olympic events during the game, including luge, bobsled, skeleton – a sliding sport using a small “skeleton” bobsled, down a frozen track – and the Nordic combined events. Keep on the lookout for athletes, as the facility still stands as the official training site for current and future U.S. Olympic athletes. Tour the two museums, ride a zipline or in a bobsled with a professional driver! Try your hand at three levels of ropes courses and much more for a day of exhilarating fun.
Alpine Coaster & Slide
Located at Park City Mountain, the state’s longest mountain coaster winds through over a mile of loops, banks, and curves at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Instead of the inside of a theme park, you’ll see the beautiful mountain scenery of Park City. Passengers must be at least 38” tall, and drivers must be at least 16 years old and 54” or taller. The alpine slide is one of the longest in the world and features a 3,000-foot luge-like track to have you whipping around twists and banks for a ride like no other. Riders must be at least 35” tall to ride. Drivers must be over 48” tall and at least 16 years old to take the “wheel.” These attractions are only open from late June to early September, so make sure they’re in service before adding the to your plans.
High West Distillery & Saloon
A fun trip for the adults of the group, the world’s only ski-in (nearly) distillery, High West Distillery & Saloon makes its home in a restored 1914 Victorian house at the foot of the Quittin’ Time ski run. Enjoy a drink or two, see the original, still functioning copper pot used to make the drink, and learn about the distilling process. They make a wide range of whiskeys and vodkas, which you can try in their Saloon after a tour. Soak up the alcohol with some of their “nouveau Western fare” and don’t forget to visit their store to grab a few bottles to enjoy back at your vacation rental. Don’t forget to enlist some reliable transportation to and from the location. This is definitely one of the best things to see in Park City!
Another adults-only activity for a special date or just some time away from your larger group. Learn more about wine and Park City’s mining history with Fox School of Wine. The unique tour lasts about three hours long and pairs wine with local history. Discover a vintage sparkling wine while your guide fills you in on the discovery of ore in Park City. Other stops along the way include the Miner’s Hospital where you’ll sip a boutique Napa Pinot Noir accompanied by raw walnuts, and the Ontario Mine, where you’ll pair French Premiere Cru Chablis and creamy goat cheese Gouda, just to name a few. Make sure you have reliable transportation to and from the starting point.
Historic Park City
When it comes to Park City, the city itself is a Park City tourism hot spot. Founded in 1869, many historic buildings are still standing and in good condition. The Historic Park City area and its buildings preserves the city’s western mining (silver) heritage while housing boutiques, galleries, and restaurants full of local flavor. The Park City Museum on Main Street features exhibits of Park City’s mining town roots all the way through its evolution into one of the top ski destinations in the U.S.
Hot Spot Hype in Park City
While you’re planning all the hot spots you’ll hit during you Park City getaway, don’t forget to book a rental with Park City Hotels. Enjoy the privacy of one of our luxury vacation condos or homes to stay close to some of the best hot spots in the area. Choose from a cozy studio for a small family or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a sprawling three-bedroom + loft area for a large group or family to explore the best of Park City.