When history happens to be your travel passion, there’s no better place to set your sights than scenic Park City, Utah. Here, pursuing the past is intriguing and engaging with opportunities to learn more about the stories that make up this destination at every turn. When you’re ready to plan your historic journey to Park City, the following three-day itinerary will hit all the highlights and is a great starting point for an unforgettable adventure.
After enjoying breakfast in your luxurious Park City vacation rental, make time to pair hiking with history by booking a guided historical hike at Deer Valley. Led by the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History group, these hiking and history tours leave at 8:30 am from the base of the Sterling Express chairlift which is located next to the Silver Lake Lodge. Plan on spending three to four hours out and about with your knowledgeable and friendly guide who will help you travel across challenging terrain and provide insightful area history along the way. Tours are $10 per person and a portion of the proceeds go right back to funding the work at Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History which is something you can feel great about! Do be sure to book your spot in advance to ensure there’s space for everyone in your traveling crew.
This afternoon, the Park City history-focused fun continues with a visit to the Park City Museum. Located on Historic Main Street, the Park City Museum tells the story of Park City’s mining past through a collection of captivating displays and exhibits. You’ll be able to browse antique mining equipment, get up close to an old fire engine, and learn more about the infamous fire of 1898. There’s also an informative film to watch that talks about how skiing became an integral part of Park City culture. Before you go, be sure to head down to the lower level where you’ll find you have a chance to tour the city’s original first jail!
Dine at Fletcher’s
Tonight, make your way to Fletcher’s at 62 Main Street to enjoy a delicious, elegant, and well-deserved meal. This eatery enjoys a menu featuring area-sourced fare and invites guests to indulge in savory moments in a cozy lounge. Don’t overlook their incredible handcrafted cocktail menu when you drop by.
The second day of your historic Park City journey will begin with a Mines & Wines tour hosted through the Fox School of Wine. These tours are as delicious as they are insightful and take participants into Park City’s heritage in a unique style. The tour includes several stops at historic local mining locations with wine-tasting experiences built into the adventure. Tours are typically two hours long and transportation to the many stops is built into the itinerary.
Enjoy Some Paranormal History
When the sun goes down, the history-seeking fun continues thanks to the Park City Ghost Tour on your agenda. This walking tour begins on Main Street and begins at 8:00 pm with a departure point of Miner’s Park. You don’t need a reservation to enjoy this spooky look at local history which includes stories of poison, revenge, bar fights, and beyond. Your tour guide will provide some other-worldly insight into Park City’s past that’s sure to have you looking for paranormal activity just about everywhere you go.
Dine at Twisted Fern
When your spooky fun comes to an end, make your way to 1300 Snow Creek Drive and indulge in a delightful meal at the Twisted Fern. Open from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm daily, the Twisted Fern is a one-stop eatery for fantastic seasonal dishes, cocktails, and scenic patio seating options too. Twisted Fern has plenty of vegan options on the menu for those who adhere to dietary restrictions.
The final day of your historic Park City stay spans the city’s mining past and slope-focused present seamlessly. Booking a place on a Silver to Slopes Mining Tour while you’re in town is a great way to understand how Park City transitioned from a mining mecca for silver to the fantastic ski destination it is for travelers today. The tour departs from Park City Mountain and is a free, guided experience that takes place on skis or snowboards depending on preference. During the tour, participants are told the many stories behind the resort’s mining-era structures that still stand as well as some lesser-known historical facts and figures that are sure to impress. Tours leave at 10:00 am and participants should gather near the Eagle Statue at the top of the Bonanza Express Lift.
Learn More About the People Who Have Helped Develop Park City
Once you’ve reached Park City summits and learned more about the area’s history, it’s time to learn more about the historic people who helped make Park City the place it is today. You can do this by booking your place on a Historic Glenwood Cemetery Tour while you’re in town. Situated at the end of Silver King Drive, this historic cemetery hosts a variety of Park City’s early residents who helped define what the city was and would become. This tour is hosted through the Park City Museum and is a walking tour that provides insights into the cemetery’s most famous residents. Tours are offered through 2:00 pm and reservations are required at $15 per person.
Dine at Yuki Yama Sushi
End your Park City getaway on a savory note at Yuki Yama Sushi. Found at 586 Main Street, this sushi stop is fun, inviting, and a great place to pick your a la carte sushi and sashimi favorites with ease. From the friendly service to the sake selections, it’s a place you’ll want to return the next time you’re in town.
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