Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Questions on how we spend our money and our time - consumer goods and services, home and vehicle, leisure and recreational activities
Post Reply
Topic Author
Posts: 71
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:21 am

Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by mholdi1540 »

Hi, thanks in advance for your advice. Plan for mid-October vacation and will have a car to visit local areas. Any suggestions for sites to visit, places to eat, shopping, museums, etc? Maybe a day trip to Salt Lake City if it is worth seeing?? This is a low intensity pleasure trip even if there is nothing to do at all but read a book.
Last edited by mholdi1540 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
Posts: 120
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:06 pm
Location: KY

Re: Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by BYUvol »

Unless you have an activity planned (skiiing or the sundance film festival for instance), you're going to blow through the sites at Park City pretty quickly. Mid-October is an awkward time temperature wise where it is equally likely to be snowing or 75 degrees, so most high-altitude parks close in early September.

Salt Lake will have much more to see and do. If it was me personally, I would stay in SLC and spend a day in Park City, rather than the other way around.
Posts: 4122
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:01 pm

Re: Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by Rupert »

There's a great muni golf course in Park City (or at least there used to be - been about six years since I've played it).
User avatar
White Coat Investor
Posts: 15157
Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:11 pm
Location: Greatest Snow On Earth

Re: Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by White Coat Investor »

October is one of my favorite months in Utah with the cooler temperatures, sunny relatively predictable weather patterns (I've seen snow as early as October 6 however), and nice foliage in the mountains (but not as impressive as the East Coast). But I'll bet very few people go to Park City that time of year. I bet you got a good deal on airfare, lodging, and a rental car.

Park City is a tiny little downtown area with a film festival at the base of some fancy ski resorts. There aren't very many "sites" to see. People go there to see the film festival and to enjoy the outdoors, not the town. Mountain biking, hiking etc. If you're not into those things, it might not be your favorite destination.

The alpine slides, zip-lines etc tend to be popular with the adventurous crowd.

The restaurants tend to be popular with the foodie crowd. ... estaurants

SLC is definitely worth a day. I prefer the West side of the Wasatch to the East side as far as outdoor stuff. Temple Square is a perennial favorite and the price is right for the cheapest of Bogleheads. This Is The Place monument is also an interesting place for pioneer/Mormon history. If you've never swam in something like The Great Salt Lake that's cool too, as long as you don't have any abrasions. Bingham Copper Mine is also interesting as an attraction. I'm not sure if it is more cool or less cool since the mammoth landslide happened. Thanksgiving Point might be worth the drive. You could even take a long day trip to Moab/Arches or Zion. ... ctions.htm

Lagoon is the big local theme park if you're bringing kids. Don't ride the wooden roller coaster. Cool? Yes. Historic? Yes. But there' s a reason they make the modern ones out of metal.

And if you get sick, you can come see me!
1) Invest you must 2) Time is your friend 3) Impulse is your enemy | 4) Basic arithmetic works 5) Stick to simplicity 6) Stay the course
Posts: 2873
Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:52 pm
Location: San Diego

Re: Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by travellight »

I love my early October trips to Park City; I go every year. You could catch some fall foliage although by mid October, it will be waning. Salt Lake should be in good bloom then though! If Mirror Lake is still open, I like doing the one hour drive up there which is gorgeous and then doing the circular hike around the entire lake and/or fishing.

There are lots of great restaurants in Park City. Some of my faves are Wahso, Riverhorse, Chimayo, Grappa, and there is a new steak house in Kimball Junction but I am blanking on the name... I think it is something like Lespres.

In SLC, I enjoy the Sugarhouse and Avenues neighborhoods. Check out 9th and 9th and 15th and 15th. Some places to eat: Trios (love their spaghetti carbonara), Pagos, Forage, Plum Alley, Gracie's. Try Dodo's for their desserts, great pies.

I am at the airport heading there right now..... this trip, I will be driving to Moab to do some white water rafting and canyoneering.
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 70091
Joined: Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:34 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: Park City, Utah VACATION !! Any Suggestions??

Post by LadyGeek »

This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (vacation).
Wiki To some, the glass is half full. To others, the glass is half empty. To an engineer, it's twice the size it needs to be.
Post Reply