Park City is rightly known for it’s fresh powder and vibrant ski scene, however the summer season boasts its own set of adventurous activities. For those looking for a road trip that won’t break the bank, plan your trip using this weekend getaway guide. Allow Park City to get you out of the daily stress and bustle, and into nature.
Park City is a 40 minute drive from Salt Lake City, UT. The road is fast and easy in the summertime, and the drive encompasses neat architecture, wild flowers, and tree-coated hills.
We enjoyed this lovely AirBnb hosted by Lori and Walt, who gave us great insider tips on the area. The place was private, clean, and quiet.
Plus, we had access to the condo pool and hot tub, which we put to good use with a dunking contest and soaking our muscles after running and biking.
The Rail Trail: If you own a bike, it’s worth bringing! This well-marked, smooth, easy path led straight from our AirBnB to downtown.
We biked in for breakfast, shopping, and exploring. Park City also offers bike rentals.
Where to Hike
Rob’s Trail is the perfect trail to escape the heat, as it is mostly shaded and climbs steadily but gently through the tree line.
Start early to avoid heavy traffic. We arrived at the trail head at 7 am and only met one other couple.
On our way down near 9 am, the parking lot was full and many people were beginning their journey.
Where to Eat
Breakfast/Brunch: Head to Atticus Tea for their amazing selections of tea and coffee. I highly recommend the Iced Black Raspberry Tea. Their egg bagel was the perfect post-run fuel, and they also have vegan/gluten-free items.
Dinner: Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria – Get the Gorgonzola Pasta. Trust me. Plus, if you stay at Walt and Lori’s, it’s only a short walk away.
Where to Shop
Park Silly Sunday Market – Full of fun vendors with art of all kinds, delicious snacks, street performers from musicians to magicians, this was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We even came away with a piece of art from Kathy Middlebrook’s “Be Yourself Penguin” Collection.
Main Street: The shops range from cheap t-shirt racks to high-end outdoor apparel, unique boutique gift stores and top-end art galleries. Each shop has its own charm, and we wandered for hours.
What to Explore
Utah Olympic Park: Wander the museum, buy a ride pass, or watch skiers do flips into the Olympic pool.
Find a Thrill
Alpine Slide: We loved everything about Park City Mountain: the architecture of the lodge, the amazing views from the chairlift, and the adrenaline-pumping joy of riding the alpine slide.
Do you have your own Park City recommendations? Leave a comment below!