You'll love it if: You're an adventurous couple, looking to experience world-class skiing and other outdoor escapades. But Park City doesn't stop there. There are also incredible and indulgent spas, excellent dining options and luxe shopping.
Park City, Utah
Most visitors reach Park City, Utah, through Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), which is only about a 35-minute drive from Park City.
Parking in Park City's Main Street area isn't easy, so we recommend parking outside of town and riding the city's free bus. Most hotels also offer shuttles to many popular area attractions.
About Park City
Park City is one of the country's most sophisticated ski towns, even with its notorious laid-back Western atmosphere, it exudes plenty of class. Although Park City is famous for its fantastic skiing and winter sports (cue snowdrifts and snowbunnies), it's so much more than that. Park City is a low-key city, recently voted as the “best town in America” by Outdoor Magazine. To accommodate its cosmopolitan clientele, there are plenty of luxury resorts, opulent spas and fine-dining establishments. And of course, every January the Sundance Film Festival comes to town, bringing the best and brightest in the film industry. During its non-peak seasons (spring, summer and early fall), Park City offers an endless array of activities for a fraction of the cost. The local saying goes: You come to Park City for the winters and stay for the summers. Whatever you're looking for and whenever you choose to visit, Park City will be bustling and there will be something to tickle your fancy.
When to go
The best time to visit Park City depends on what you're hoping to experience. If you're looking for the best skiing, December through March is the prime time to visit. If you're hoping to rub elbows with the stars, then a visit during the Sundance Film Festival is a must. However, price-conscious couples may wish to avoid visiting during the film festival since hotel rates skyrocket. But if you can afford to visit during that time, it is a great time to ski since most visitors partake in the Sundance Film Festival, leaving the slopes far less crowded than usual.
If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors during the summer or fall in Park City, you're in luck! The city really comes alive during this time of year. Added bonus? Rates at premier luxury hotels drop considerably during this time (we're talking a tenth of the cost of peak-season rates), and there is a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities and music festivals in which to partake.
Where to stay
Park City is bursting with luxury hotel options perfect for honeymooners. Here are our top picks:
The Waldorf Astoria Park City embodies urban sophistication set amid spectacular natural scenery. From the moment you step into the hotel, you'll understand what makes it so iconic. The hotel's decor marries contemporary style with warm and extravagant lodge-inspired touches like in-room fireplaces and marble bathrooms. Rooms are appointed with state-of-the-art electronics and Ferragamo toiletries and residences boast Viking kitchen appliances. There is an outdoor pool and hot tub year round, which offers magnificent mountain views and poolside service in the summer so you can kick back and relax. And don't miss the hotel's famous Champagne ice bar during winter months — it's a sight to be seen! The renowned Waldorf Astoria Spa is one of the city's most famous. We recommend the signature hydrotherapy facial — a truly one-of-a-kind treatment that will leave your skin refreshed and renewed. The hotel is conveniently located in Canyons Resort (one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City and the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah) with easy access to skiing.
Prepare for classic Park City luxury at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel. The lobby boasts an impressive three-story fireplace that begs you to come snuggle with a cup of cocoa. The grounds are expertly manicured and absolutely stunning: Sidewalks are heated in the winter and the property is covered in flowers during the warmer months — don't be surprised if you see a hummingbird whiz by. Guestrooms boast luxury amenities like wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs on suite verandas. This will undoubtedly be the classiest lodge you've ever seen. Plus, with a world-class spa and two of the hottest restaurants in town, it's no surprise that this place is a star-studded hangout. The spa is a must no matter when you come. We recommend the Mountain Romance Treatment Package, which includes a 20-minute soak with your honey, a 50-minute massage and then time together afterwards in a couples' relaxation room where a surprise awaits. The hotel is nestled in Deer Valley and provides easy ski-in/ski-out access to its slopes.
Be sure to let them know that you're honeymooners — we don't want to spoil the surprise, but think along the lines of rose petals and plenty of Champagne.
What to do
Besides skiing and stalking celebrities in between movie screenings at Sundance, Park City is filled with plenty of things to do all year round. With enough recreational activities to keep you happy for weeks, plenty of slope-side shops, luxury spas and culture, Park City has something to keep everyone happy!
For outdoorsy types
For film buffs
For adrenaline junkies
To get your thrills, a visit to Park City Mountain Resort is a great time. Here you'll have a chance to experience many exciting activities like zip lining, an alpine coaster and of course, the famous Alpine Slide, one of the longest slides in the world at over 3,000 feet.
For the longest and most exhilarating zip line in Utah, be sure to visit Canyons Resort.
Visitors can also check out Utah Olympic Park where they can experience the ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled, driven by a professional pilot. Bobsleds reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in the summer and nearly 80 miles per hour in the winter. The Park is also home of the steepest zip line in the world — a must for true adventurers.
For hopeless romantics
For history buffs
If you're looking for a great night out, be sure to check out the No Name Saloon, where they've been helping people forget their names since 1903!
Where to eat
What to watch out for
Don't ski on terrain that you're not ready for. Park City offers many exciting slopes — just make sure you choose one that is appropriate for your skill level.
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Photo credit: Katie Goldstein