Turkish Airlines offers a one-stop flight from Washington Dulles to Amman, with early September fares currently starting at $932. A daily bus (www.jett.com.jo) travels the 160 miles between Amman and Petra.
Steps from Petra’s entrance, with a cavelike restaurant inspired by the ancient site. A double costs about $70.
Visitor Center Street
New, modern hotel with roof garden and swimming pool. A double costs about $90.
Near Petra Main Gate
Try traditional Bedouin dishes such as mensal, herbed lamb cooked in yogurt and served with rice. An entree is about $10.
Just off Tourist Street
Specializing in Jordanian cuisine. Enjoy breads and meats cooked in a traditional clay oven. An entree costs about $7.
Petra Archaeological Park
28 Wadi Mousa
Climb 800 rock-cut steps to the Monastery, marvel at a massive Roman-style theater or peek inside some of the intricately carved tombs. One-day ticket, $70. Summer hours 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; winter 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Petra by Night
28 Wadi Mousa
Take in traditional Bedouin music in the shadow of the Treasury illuminated by 1,800 candles. Events run from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets, which cost $17, may be purchased at the Petra Site Office.
Explore a miniature version of Petra in this former suburb of the main city. Keep an eye out for the ceiling fresco, a rare example of Nabatean painting. Summer hours 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; winter 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.