Scottsdale, Arizona is the proverbial hop, skip and jump from California. Dozens of daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or Sacramento will get to you the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in two hours or less. From there, it’s a quick 8 miles from the airport to downtown Scottsdale and a scenic drive to the surrounding areas.
California Meetings and Events Magazine
When a major museum closes for three years, then reopens with a 10-story, $305 million expansion that triples its gallery space and makes a stunning architectural statement, meeting planners are quick to come knocking.
“Demand is very high,” says Fiona Humphrey, director of special events at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which took the wraps off its new addition in May. “We’re the new kid on the block, and that’s driven a lot of inquiries our way.”
Downtown Los Angeles Offers a Bird's-Eye View on Gatherings
Early morning, and the sea crashes behind a veil of fog so thick the coastline can only be sensed, not seen. Walkers and joggers move like apparitions along the California Coastal Trail, a paved path that wanders for miles atop 100-foot bluffs, dropping here and there to a pocket beach or a broad strand where surfers bob in the lineup, waiting to catch a wave.
You don't need a swimsuit or towel to talk business by the pool. Grab a table on the deck of one of these poolside venues and let the networking or partying begin. Just don't forget the sunscreen!
The coastal communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach are as picture-perfect as a beach postcard. Surfers catch waves by the pier while volleyball players compete on the sand courts that dot the shoreline. A 22-mile bike path known as The Strand lures cyclists to pedal along the South Bay’s entire stretch of coastline.