Day Trip Delights from Park City

Posted by Heather Peterson on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 12:09pm.

As much as we love Park City, there are so many beautiful and interesting places to visit that are an easy drive from here. September is a great month to explore with the fall foliage starting to happen. Here are some suggestions for day trip destinations.

Sundance Resort

Robert Redford’s vision to create a resort that flawlessly blends in with the stunning, natural surroundings coupled with arts, cultural, and recreational offerings has been beautifully nurtured at Sundance Resort. Located less than an hour from Park City, this is a magical place for locals and visitors to enjoy in the fall. Utah’s second highest peak, Mount Timpanogos provides a dramatic backdrop to the red maples and golden Aspens. Go for a hike or mountain bike ride to earn the decadent Sunday brunch buffet offered at The Foundry Grill. For a special occasion, dinner at the Tree Room is a must, or indulge in the Native American-inspired spa. The Owl Bar has an intimate, Wild West feel with live music – you may even catch a Park City act performing on occasion.

Enjoy Right Now

From Sundance, you can continue on to the Alpine Loop, a breathtaking, scenic drive to take in the changing colors. September 22 is a great day to visit Sundance for the Harvest Market, which features local artists, live music, and tasty treats.

Little Cottonwood Canyon

The tight canyon with towering, jagged peaks is home to Snowbird and Alta ski areas. It’s also where one can find some of the greatest snowfall during the winter season. Diehard skiers love that Alta still doesn’t allow snowboarders and that it maintains its rustic, old school charm. Snowbird offers exhilarating bowl skiing and steep terrain that lures local experts and those who like a challenge. Alta and Snowbird are interconnected and can be skied on a single lift ticket.

Enjoy Right Now

During the next couple of months, Little Cottonwood Canyon is a gorgeous place to hike amidst the fall colors. And Snowbird has its incredibly popular Oktoberfest which already kicked off and goes through October 21 on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free!

Salt Lake City

We are so fortunate to have the conveniences of urban amenities and attractions nearby – something most ski towns can’t claim. Salt Lake City has really evolved in the past decade with cutting-edge dining, the architecturally incredible Natural History Museum of Utah, City Creek Center for shopping and dining, and the Loveland Living Aquarium in Draper (South of SLC). There’s also the 42-acre Hogle Zoo where visitors can experience wildlife from around the world and learn about various ecosystems.

Enjoy Right Now

As the temperatures becomes more comfortable in the Salt Lake Valley, September and October are great months to visit.

Sports fans: tailgate and catch a Utah Utes football game this fall at University of Utah’s impressive Rice-Eccles Stadium

Foodies: The second annual Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest takes place September 11-16. Seventeen events showcase the best of Salt Lake’s culinary geniuses and independent restaurants, innovative distilleries, craft breweries, and great finds from wine brokers. Discover why national magazines like Food & Wine have recognized SLC as an emerging foodie capital of the West.



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