Park City 101: a First-Timer's Guide to Making the Most of Your Vacation

Are you organizing your plan for a first-time trip to Park City? You are in for a treat! Maximize your fun and create an itinerary with tips from the locals. From navigating parking to exploring Park City any time of the year, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

Planning Your First Trip to Park City in Any Season 

One of the best things about Park City is that our weather allows for fun 365 days a year! From snowy, ski-filled winters to spring hikes, summer-time water adventures, and crisp autumn strolls, there’s something for everyone all year.Winter Escapades 

Park City is famous for snow-capped mountains and world-class wintery fun. While downhill skiing might be one of the most popular activities, our mountain town offers other must-do activities during the season.

Glide through serene paths with a cross country skiing tour. Strap on some snowshoes and trek the mountain. Cozy up and delight in a horse-drawn sleigh over snowy terrain or embark on a dog sledding adventure.

Lodging Suggestions: Ski-In/Ski-Out Vacation Rentals 


Park City Lodging ski-in/ski-out rental features a modern design, gas fireplace, large windows, and comfy seating.


Spring Fling Adventures 

Spring is truly idyllic in Park City. Our blue-bird days promise azure skies, fewer crowds, and springtime skiing. This is also a great time for gallery-hopping downtown, soar through the skies with a hot air balloon ride,  or hop on Utah’s longest mountain coaster ride!

Lodging Suggestions: Properties with Hot Tubs 

Park City Lodging vacation rental features a private outdoor hot tub with a fire pit and seating.


Summertime Fun 

The sun is out, the temperature is up, and outdoor activities abound! Summer is an ideal time to spend time out on the water and soak up some rays. Stand up paddle boarding, river rafting, and fly fishing for local trout are perfect for making a splash. For outdoor enthusiasts, two-wheeling down mountain trails is a must-try! 

Lodging Suggestions: Accommodations with Pools 

Gorgeous Park City Lodging condominium rental complex with a large outdoor pool, hot tub, and plenty of comfortable lounge chairs.


Autumn Activities 

Fall is gorgeous! The trees are golden, and the air is crisp, making this time of year perfect for a picturesque road trip and more. For a low-key, scenic stroll, check out the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail (which spans 30 miles!), or take a tour of Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter. For more leisurely activities, take in a show at the Historic Egyptian Theatre or visit Park City Museum.

Lodging Suggestions: Relaxing Vacation Rentals 

Park City Lodging home rental with mountain views and a private patio with dining table and rattan chairs.


The Insider's Guide to Park City

If you want to learn about local tips, favorite eats, and how to get around our mountain town, read on for easy ways to enjoy your PC vacation.

Getting Around Park City

Navigating Park City is a breeze! Visitors with cars will find plenty of accessible parking and luxury rentals with garages.  If you are looking to explore by foot, a wealth of complementary transit options can take you to all three ski resorts, Kimball Junction, and the Outlet Mall.  Need private transportation to and from the airport or around town? You’ll find that, too!

Places to Wine & Dine 

Whether you’re planning a foodie vacation or looking for some of our best-kept secrets, Park City has some incredible hidden gems.  Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Sammy’s Bistro (made famous by Diner’s, Drive-In and Dives) or classic Italian fare at Cafe Terigo. For a high-end dinner, you can't go wrong with Riverhorse on Main, one of our award-winning establishments. Twisted Fern and Blind Dog Restaurant and Raw Bar are also hot spots.

If vino is what you are after, there are a plethora of wine-focused bars and restaurants in the area. In town during the fall? Get tickets to our high-elevation Wine Festival!

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Book the Best Vacation Rental in Park City

Park City Lodging has the perfect rental for your vacation needs! Browse our exceptional properties and contact us to book your reservation. When you book directly, you gain access to our expert concierge team

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2024