View from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe

Salt Lake & Park City Guide (Utah Part 1)

At the beginning of August, we spent about a week in Park City with a day trip to a National Park and a day trip to Salt Lake City. Matt’s cousin lives in Utah, so we brought most of Matt’s family along for this adventure. This was new for us, because we’re used to traveling just the two of us, so it was fun to have others along with us. We absolutely loved Park City and thought it was a nice break from the blistering blazing Georgia heat that we experience in August. The weather in Park City was perfect. We found tons to do and lots of other cool places to access from Park City. Here are a few tips for a budget friendly, summer adventure in Utah! :)


Where to stay: Best Western Plus in Kimball Junction. This hotel was affordable, in the perfect location (shares a roundabout with Olympic Park) and has an incredible buffet style breakfast that’s included in your stay. If you’ve read any of my travel tips, you know I always recommend staying somewhere that includes breakfast because it saves you a ton of money.

What to do in Salt Lake: Temple Square, City Creek Center, Great Salt Lake and Red Butte Gardens.

Temple Sqaure

Temple Square


Great Salt Lake


Matt (always remembering his sunglasses) & Me (always forgetting mine)


Red Butte Garden exploring with the bump. :)


He’s always the official navigator and I couldn’t be more grateful. ;)

IMG_9671IMG_9684IMG_9630IMG_9638What to do in Park City: Utah Olympic Park (watch the Flying Aces practice their ski jumps into the pool and explore the museum), Tanger Outlets (great shopping, tons of good stores and deals), Deer Valley Resort, Downtown Park City, Mountain Town Olive Oil Shop, Park City Museum. Not too far from Park City, you can take a train with the Heber Valley Railroad. They offer several different scenic train trips at various times and days. This was a really cool way to get some great views of the valley and a break from all the hiking and more ambitious activities.


Olympic Park was really cool to visit! This is where the aerial skiers practice for their snow jumps. We got to see a few tricks and explore the museum. Fun fact: this is the third Olympic park/location I’ve visited!


View from the Heber Valley Railroad :)

IMG_9870IMG_9749Where to eat in Park City: Deer Valley Grocery Cafe (eat outside on the back deck), Bistro 412, Ghidotti’s Italian Restaurant, Kneaders of Park City (for a quick and healthy bite).


One of my favorite meals in Park City came from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe.


View from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe

View from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe


Cheesecake dreams at Bistro 412


Happy travels! On Friday, I’ll be posting my travel tips and photos from our favorite adventure in Utah…Mirror Lake! :)