WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of February 2017

Wanted: Someone to make a hit movie at Mada’in Saleh

Wanted: Someone to make a hit movie at Mada’in Saleh

If you’ve been to Petra – Jordan’s No. 1 tourist draw --  you likely know this city is where the Silk Road among major trade routes from Asia criss-cross before going on to ports on the Mediterranean. Guides probably told you Petra was the capital of the ancient Nabataean empire. But they may not have mentioned the empire’s No. 2 city down the coast at Mada’in, which anchored the southern tip of the empire. Nor the many similarities between the two cities.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

The Ski Express to Winter Park leaves Denver’s Union Station at 7 a.m. weekend mornings, returning at 6:30 p.m. Even if you’re not a skier, there’s plenty of reasons to get onboard. Travel writer Nancy Clark doesn’t want everyone to know. Don’t tell.

Airlines to flood Mexico with more than a million new seats this year

Airlines to flood Mexico with more than a million new seats this year

What in the world is going on down in Mexico? Is the sun getting sunnier? Are the sands getting sandier? Or maybe visitors are getting more bang for their buck (or their ruble, rial or rupee)? Whatever’s happening, it’s sure paying off. The country’s international tourism numbers are growing so fast the world’s airlines are set to add more than a million new seats on Mexican flights this year.

GOTTA LOVE IT

GOTTA LOVE IT

Local. And sweet. How do you beat that! We’ve found 7 ways to make Valentine’s Day memorable at these Colorado stops and shops.

DOING OTHER THINGS IN IDAHO

DOING OTHER THINGS IN IDAHO

Idaho has some delicious skiing. But some people want to do something else. In winter. In the snow. Travel authority Yvette Cardozo takes to the McCall area of southwest Idaho, where there’s elk feeding and snowmobiling to hot springs.

Author of the Month

KUDOS TO RICH GRANT

Denver-based travel writer Rich Grant was awarded Runner-Up in the Pluma de Plata Award from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board for the best article on Puerto Vallarta to hail from the North America Travel Journalists Association Convention. The prize was a week in Puerto Vallarta that Grant says he’ll take this year while, of course, writing another story on the destination tucked into the inner Bay of Banderas.

Peurto Vallarta was made famous in “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner released in 1964. Burton brought Liz Taylor, fresh off her divorce from Eddie Fisher to the set of the John Huston film in Miamaloya, immediately south of PV. Gossip columnists put the spotlight on the wildly popular couple and Peurto Vallarta was suddenly popular by association. From 1977 to 1986, the entertainment industry gave Peurto Vallarta yet another boost when it was featured as a regular port of call for the hit TV series “The Love Boat.”

Grant was communications director for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for 35 years. Since his retirement in 2014, he has reported on his travels around the world in WatchBoom.com and other travel magazines and newspapers including the Huffington Post and he co-authored “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die” with journalist Irene Rawlings in 2016.

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