Destinations

Destinations

 
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BY Jenny Peters

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Beyond the Border: Road Trip to Las Vegas

Whether you’re planning a meeting for 10 or 20, a trade show or a gathering of 2,000 or more, the Entertainment Capital of the World wants to make you a winner (even if your group never sets foot in a casino). 

"Vegas means business” is more than just a snappy tagline. It’s also a verifiable fact. Las Vegas is the No. 1 trade show destination in America. According to Trade Show News Network, the glittery city in the Nevada desert has held that crown for the last 23 years, welcoming 57 of the 250 largest shows and marking a record-breaking 6.3 million delegates to the destination.

It's All Happening Downtown in California's Urban Centers

New hotels: check! Updated arenas and convention centers: check! Restaurants offering every global cuisine imaginable: check! Urban parks with sprawling outdoor space: check! And everything within walking distance to make planning multiday events easier: absolutely!

California’s varied downtown areas are thriving. Here’s a look at the urban renaissance, from south to north.

SAN DIEGO

Horton Plaza Park Restored to Glory

California Beachside Cities Offer Different Ways to Arrive at Meetings Paradise

Fresh sea air, salty breezes, the sound of breaking waves, a view of sailboats on the horizon, sand between your toes on morning beach walks. When it comes to restorative surroundings for meetings and retreats, it doesn’t get any better than California’s coastal havens. And with 3,427 miles of shoreline, the Golden State off ers havens galore. Here are some of our favorites. 

La Jolla

Dive Into Lake Tahoe for New Venues & Old Favorites

To those who've only seen it on a map, Lake Tahoe is an intriguing blob straddling the California/Nevada state line. Insiders know, however, that “Big Blue”—America’s largest alpine lake at 22 miles long and 12 miles wide—is a place of multiple moods and faces. Yes, the Nevada side has gambling. But regular visitors orient themselves instead in terms of North Shore (accessed by Interstate 80) and South Shore (on the Highway 50 corridor).

Discover All that the Southern California Inland Empire has to Offer

From ski resorts to wineries, a NASCAR racetrack and state-of-the-art convention centers, the Inland Empire offers meeting planners a variety of venues for groups of all sizes

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