If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Park City, Utah is just the spot. This small town is home to some of the biggest film festivals in the world, which means it’s also an ideal location for couples looking for a romantic getaway. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and an array of activities from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and mountain biking, Park City has something for everyone. Here are 10 things that you should definitely do in Park City if you’re a couple:
1. Visit the iconic Main Street
You’ve probably seen pictures of Park City’s Main Street, but you may not know what it’s really like. Visitors say that the area around Main Street resembles a true small town, and it’s easy to see why. The streets are lined with unique boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries, and you’ll find many historic buildings here as well. Stop by the Park City Museum for an inside look at the city’s history or for a glimpse of the way people lived in the 1920s. If you’re in the mood for ice cream, head to La Niche, a local favorite that serves up gelato cream with innovative flavors.
2. Hit the slopes
Skiers and snowboarders rave about the numerous slopes in Park City, and for good reason: The city is surrounded by 3 ski resorts, each with multiple slopes, hotels, and dining options. If you choose a resort that’s more oriented toward beginners, you can learn to ski or snowboard at the hill. If you’re ready to take on more advanced slopes, then there are many options and you will quickly begin to see why some of the best skiers in the world call this place home. However, if you are a beginner, then any of the resorts offer lessons that can teach you how to ski or snowboard more safely and efficiently. Plan your trip so that you can take advantage of the cheapest days to ski and snowboard. Park City is home to some of the most incredible natural terrain in the country and you would not want to miss it.
3. Go on a Scooter Tour
If you haven't rented an electric scooter before, you’re in for a treat. Most cities big and small now have scooters around town that you can rent and ride from location to location. If hiking to the top of a mountain isn’t your idea of an adventure, consider hopping on an electric scooter for a self guided tour to explore the city. You can go to bars and restaurants, the grocery store, or anywhere else you want to go. You can even visit some of the more scenic areas in town, like the Park City Museum.
4. Catch a live performance
Film festivals don’t provide much in the way of entertainment, but the town is home to several events each year that bring in top-notch performers. If you’re into music, you can catch a show at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, which hosts a variety of performers from country to rock. You can also head to the historic Eccles Theater for a live performance. The historic theater is one of the oldest in the country and was recently restored. If a live performance isn’t your thing, you can catch lots of film festivals on the big screen, which are free and open to the public.
5. Stay at one of Park City’s unique hotels
Most cities have a few hotels that aren’t exactly your standard bed-and-breakfast. If you’re traveling with someone who loves unique hotels, consider staying at one of the properties in Park City that offer more than just a room. Whether you are staying at the Montage or the Marriot you are sure to find a great fit for your weekend getaway. There are also many beautiful and fun Airbnbs that offer great locations and unique stays.
6. Sample delicious local food
If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, consider a burger from one of the many burger joints in town. You can’t go wrong with breakfast at The Eating Establishment. One of the best breakfasts we have had. Main street has many options to choose from and if you just walk the street for 5 minutes you will be sure to find something you both will love.
7. Go to a Film Festival
You’re in Park City, so why not take advantage of the city’s reputation as a film festival hotspot? Choose from more than 100 film festivals taking place each year, with everything from independent films to international festivals. You can attend free or paid events, and you can find festivals for almost every genre. If you’re traveling with a non-filmmaker, you can choose a festival that appeals to a broader audience. You can also choose a festival that features a variety of film genres, so you can find something enjoyable for both of you.
8. Hike the Park City Trails
Trails are the perfect way to get in a workout while enjoying nature, no matter what season. You can walk the paved or dirt trails that line the mountains or you can choose an easier trail, like one that’s wheelchair accessible. Most trails are open 24/7, so you can visit any time of the day. If you visit in the morning, you can hike the same trails as everyone else and enjoy a quiet walk in the evening. If you visit at night, you’re more likely to see wildlife and will have the trails to yourself.
9. Explore the art galleries in the heart of Park City
If you’re visiting Park City, you should walk through the galleries in the heart of the city. Vintage homes line the area, and you can find several art galleries lining the streets. You can also easily walk from gallery to gallery after you’ve had dinner when it’s less crowded.
10. Spend the day at the outlets shopping for one another
The outlets seem to be one of Utah's favorite shopping destinations. You can find just about anything you want here and you will always find a great price. Go shopping for one another or just go find that perfect pair of shoes that you will be needing for dinner tonight. You will be sure to find something you love.