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Discover our top venue picks in the 13 top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States. Let this guide be your ticket to finding your next all-star event venue.
What are the key drivers of your attendees' satisfaction at a meeting or event? Is it the technology? Speakers? Sessions? Research reveals that venue location and external activities in a venue’s city are more important to attendance and attendee satisfaction than other factors. Because of this, choosing a venue location for your next meeting or event is perhaps the most important and impactful decision you’ll make during the entire planning process.
So how do you pick the perfect venue location for your next meeting or event? Within this guide, you’ll discover our top venue picks in the 13 top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States. These venues were selected based on a variety of qualities that are important to planners like capacity, amenities, uniqueness, proximity to local attractions, and more.
Let this guide be your ticket to finding your next all-star event venue.
Did you know Atlanta is a state capital, home to dozens of Fortune 500 corporations, and once hosted the Olympic Games? In recent years, Atlanta has also become the home of growing tech and media industries. With so much going on, it’s not hard to see why this city is a great destination for meetings and events. Atlanta’s unique blend of historic grandeur and innovative style is on display in fabulous venues around the city. Easily accessible from the nation’s busiest airport, the city also boasts great weather, convenient transportation, and plenty of great dining and entertainment opportunities.
Atlanta might not be the biggest city, but it’s got a spirit that’s hard to top. Check out the top venues for your next meeting or event, as well as our top things to do in the Big Peach.
The third-largest convention center in the country boasts over a million square feet of open space, 12 exhibit halls, two ballrooms, and over 100 meeting rooms. In addition to its own array of outdoor plazas, the GWCC counts the 22-acre Centennial Olympic Park as part of its campus. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the GWCC is just blocked from a wide variety of hotel, dining, and entertainment options.
This postmodern architectural marvel is more than just a pretty face. Indigo’s plush rooms, great amenities and on-site restaurant are right next door to the 500,000 sq. ft. AmericasMart Convention Center. For planners looking for maximum comfort and convenience in the heart of Atlanta, this hotel is hard to beat.
Historic glamour and contemporary style blend seamlessly in this popular Peachtree Street venue. Many of the six private event spaces showcase the building’s original marble floors and vintage lighting. With two beautiful ballrooms flexible to enough display vehicles, Southern Exchange is a great example of Atlanta’s past and present character.
For something a little more laidback, head to Atlanta’s trendy arts district. This chic venue is flexible and offers a wide range of amenities to help planners make their event stand out. LOFT’s three spaces can be used individually for smaller events or combined to accommodate up to 400 guests.
Originally built in 1911, this grand hotel famously hosted the 1939 premiere party of Gone with the Wind. The Georgian Terrace is still a great choice for gatherings thanks to three versatile ballrooms and six meeting rooms. As the official partner of the equally historic Fox Theatre, the hotel can offer even more fabulous event space just across the street. With luxurious rooms, gourmet dining and a rooftop pool, guests are sure to feel like A-listers.
Located just outside the Georgia Tech campus, this venue is ideal for planners interested in dedicated meeting and conference space. Featuring five amphitheaters and 15 meeting rooms, the GLC is capable of hosting events of up to 400 attendees. In addition, the Atrium or Courtyard spaces are great options for pre- or post-meeting receptions.
At this green oasis, you’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving town. Magnolia Hall and the Greystone feature elegantly decorated interior spaces with great ambience, while the Dockside provides beautiful lakeside views. Looking for even more venue options? Piedmont Park is also home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden and its 17 unique event spaces.
On the 14th floor of this stylish midtown hotel, you’ll find 12 elegant event spaces, including two ballrooms and an outdoor terrace. Planners are sure to appreciate the top-notch support the hotel can provide, while guests will enjoy plush rooms, fine dining opportunities, an onsite spa and even more great amenities. Whether your event is for 10 or 1000, everyone will get to see Loews’ commitment to Southern hospitality in action.
Another arts district masterpiece, this venue boasts over 18,000 sq. feet of open galleries. Spread throughout multiple floors you’ll find a rotating inventory of contemporary and abstract art as well as a permanent collection of award-winning photography. Thanks to its complimentary parking and optional outdoor spaces, there’s no doubt Besharat is as flexible as it is sophisticated.
Located along one of downtown Atlanta’s historic railways, this building is home to an airy 5,400 sq. foot open event space. Planners are welcome to think creatively thanks to flexible layouts and world-class AV capabilities. With exposed brick walls, timber columns and original hardwood floors, Terminus proves that industrial can be glamorous too.
In Atlanta, it’s easy to step into the past. The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site allows visitors to explore the Civil Rights leader’s home and church. Less than two miles away, you can check out the replica Oval Office at the Carter Presidential Library and learn about the life of this former president. Interested in more popular history? Visit the World of Coca Cola to learn about the iconic drink or head to the College Football Hall of Fame for an inside look at “the greatest of the amateur gridiron."
Have the adventure of a lifetime right in Atlanta with some of the most unique experiences around. At the Porsche Experience Center, guests have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of the world’s most iconic cars. A slower but equally thrilling ride, SkyView Atlanta takes guests up 20-stories for unparalleled panoramic views of the city. For those looking for a truly wild experience, the Georgia Aquarium offers visitors the chance to swim alongside whale sharks and manta rays in the world’s largest aquarium habitat.
Some of the biggest names in film and television can be found right in heart of Atlanta. At the southern end of Olympic Centennial Park is the CNN Center, where visitors can get an inside look behind the scenes of the news giant. Movie fans are sure to enjoy a film tour to check out the many Atlanta locations featured in hit shows and movies including The Walking Dead and the Avengers franchise.
As the home of several major corporations, eight research universities and two nationally ranked hospitals, it’s easy to forget Boston is a relatively small city. This New England capital’s unique mix of big-city attitude and small-town ease make it a great place for hosting all kinds of events. With a focus on growth and innovation, Boston continues to live up to its revolutionary heritage.
Boston’s incredible variety of venues, hotels and attractions give planners plenty of great options no matter the event. Getting in and around town is easy, thanks to nearby Logan International airport and a very navigable metro system. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in Beantown.
As a venue “built by users for users,” it’s no surprise that the BCEC is flexible, technologically-advanced and offers award-winning services. With 516,000 sq. ft. of open exhibit space, a 40,000 sq. ft column-free ballroom and 80 meeting rooms, there’s a space for every event. Directly connected to the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel and just eight minutes from the airport, the BCEC’s convenience is unparalleled.
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, this dedicated meeting space is a great place to take advantage of all the support Convene is known for. Here you’ll find six comfortable meeting rooms, the largest capable of seating 140 attendees. With six nearby partner hotels, guests will be close to some of the best dining and entertainment in the city.
This sleek downtown venue features panoramic views of both city and harbor from each of its flexible 33rd floor spaces. The 2400 sq. ft Great Room’s mahogany floors and floating staircase are the perfect canvas for creating a unique event. Planners are sure to appreciate the support provided by the State Room’s top-quality furnishing, dining and technical services.
The centerpiece of this dramatic waterfront building is undoubtedly Exchange Hall, with 1,444 sq. ft of highly flexible space. With a three-story atrium and an attached terrace, the space is full of possibilities. There are also a number of elegant conference rooms suitable for smaller functions. Guests can thoroughly enjoy the Seaport area thanks to a variety of nearby hotels and restaurants.
This venue offers straightforward event solutions in the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. The theater in John Hancock Hall can hold over 1,000 guests, while the Dorothy Quincy Suite features a ballroom and several meeting rooms, all equipped with state-of-the-art A/V. It’s easy to head downtown thanks to conveniently located metro stations, but with six hotels and dozens of restaurants nearby, guests don’t have to go far to get some R & R.
This resort-like hotel offers some of the best views of the Boston skyline, thanks to its prime location on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Whether the event is in the ballroom, outdoor terrace or one of the many meeting rooms, Sonesta’s service teams are on hand to provide world class assistance. With 400 luxurious guest rooms, a heated indoor pool and fine dining options, guests might just forget they’re in Boston on business.
Sumptuous rooms, incredible dining options, fabulous amenities and great views? No wonder Boston Harbor was rated the second best hotel in Boston by U.S News & World Report. With over a dozen elegant venues, this hotel is suitable for small-scale meetings as well as grand galas. Planners can feel confident that their event is in excellent hands thanks to on-site conference, catering and technology services.
When it comes to venue options, few places offer more possibilities than this expansive waterfront property. Between the Seaport Boston Hotel and the Seaport World Trade Center there are seven ballrooms, an exhibit hall, an amphitheater, outdoor gardens and dozens of meeting rooms. Planners are sure to appreciate Seaport’s team of dedicated meeting planners while guests enjoy plush rooms, luxurious amenities and easy access to Boston’s top attractions.
Planning an event at Northeastern University, Boston University or MIT? Located just blocks away from these great institutions, and across the street from Fenway Park, sits the Hotel Commonwealth. This contemporary hotel offers 12,000+ sq. ft of flexible and elegant event space. Featuring comfortable rooms, a restaurant, and oyster bar and cocktail lounge, the Commonwealth is a laid back alternative to the downtown hustle.
Just south of Boston Common is a pair of theaters full of possibilities. The Wang Theater venues include a Versailles-inspired lobby, an elegant hidden ballroom and an enormous stage in addition to a 3,600-seat theater. For smaller functions, head across the street to the Shubert to check out the lobby, stage and 1,500-seat theater. With great hotels and restaurants within walking distance, any event here is sure to be a hit.
Boston played a major role in colonial and Revolutionary Era America, so it has plenty of fascinating historical attractions. The Freedom Trail guides visitors to iconic sites like the original Massachusetts State House and Old North Church. Looking to go beyond the trail? Be sure to visit Otis House, meticulously restored to its original 1796 condition, or stop by the museum dedicated to the infamous Boston Tea Party.
Check out Boston’s cultural side with a trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Built to resemble a Venetian palace, this museum boasts an incredible collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries. For the musically inclined, consider catching a performance of the famous Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Looking for even more excitement? From March through November, the New England Aquarium offers whale watching tours right out of Boston Harbor.
Did you know Boston is the home of America’s oldest restaurant? The award-winning Union Oyster House has been serving up iconic delicious seafood in its landmark building since 1826! For those looking to sample even more New England cuisine, check out the Boston Public Market. This downtown market offers fresh, locally sourced foods all year round. Be sure to head to nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace for great shopping along with even more great food.
As the home of the world’s first skyscraper and mail-order business, Chicago has long been a place for growth and innovation. Having hosted the 1893 World’s Fair, this town also knows a thing or two about holding great events. Planners will find a wide variety of venues that highlight Chicago’s progressive and welcoming character. Served by two airports within 20 miles and the nation’s 2nd largest transit system, getting in and around Chicago is a breeze.
With top-rated hotels, great restaurants and exciting entertainment opportunities, this city is definitely a winner. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in the Windy City.
At the largest convention space in the country, you’ll find 2.6 million sq.-ft. of exhibit space, four ballrooms, four theaters and 173 meeting rooms. As the centerpiece of the Collection at McCormick Square, the convention center is linked to the Wintrust arena and five hotels via enclosed sky bridges. Convenient transportation options make it easy to head off and explore all that Chicago has to offer.
Set to open in January 2019, this latest Convene location is perfectly situated in the heart of the Chicago Loop. With a Forum capable of seating over 250 guests, big and small groups alike can take advantage of all of Convene’s signature features. Thanks to partnerships with five nearby hotels, guests won’t have to go far to experience some of the best in Chicago hospitality.
As the second best hotel in the USA according to U.S News & World Report, it’s no surprise that the Peninsula is one of the best places in the city for meetings and events. With 11 elegant venues, onsite AV and catering services and the support of a dedicated conference concierge, planners can rest assured that their event will be magnificent from start to finish.
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, this venue towers over the competition. Whether you’re hosting a gathering for 10 or a gala for 550, guests will be impressed by the best views in town and the sleek, modern atmosphere of each space. Consider incorporating the Skywalk or TILT platforms to give guests a truly thrilling experience.
This historic Magnificent Mile hotel features four luxurious ballrooms and over a dozen unique meeting spaces. Throughout the hotel you’ll find a seamless blend of 1920s elegance and 21st century amenities. With an upscale restaurant, a wine bar and a three-level Fitness Center & Spa, guests will find it easy to move from business to leisure.
This elegant industrial venue offers 30,000 sq. ft. of highly flexible event space. Available lighting and furniture options enhance the creative possibilities of this unique canvas. Thanks to an expansive list of preferred caterers, planners can partner with some of the best in Chicago event services.
Located in an unmistakable building, the Radisson offers 13 incredible event spaces. The Atlantic Ballroom alone can accommodate everything from trade shows to receptions of over 1500 guests. Along with 300+ stylish rooms, this hotel also offers an impressive array of amenities including a green roof and a private movie screening room.
Are you hosting 500-person reception? Crown Hall can handle it. Need space to make a presentation? Captivate an audience of 400 in the spacious Feinberg Theater. With four other flexible open spaces including an outdoor terrace and a variety of meeting rooms, whatever the event, this multipurpose space is sure to have a suitable venue.
Once a private club, this 1893 landmark building underwent extensive restoration to open in 2015 as a modern hotel full of Old Chicago grandeur. Along with elegant ballrooms and sleek boardrooms, the hotel features unique venues like the Tank and Stagg Court. Don’t forget to consider Cindy’s, one of the most popular rooftop bars in town.
Originally built in 1936, this highly versatile event space offers 50,000 sq. ft. of event space, including dozens of breakout rooms and an outdoor courtyard. Located just across the street from the Collection at McCormick Square, this venue unites Chicago’s industrial past and its current status as a top event destination.
Although Millennium Park is one of Chicago’s most popular spots, thanks the iconic Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”), it’s part of much larger Grant Park, which stretches along the shores of Lake Michigan. Along with beautiful gardens and fountains, the park is also the home of renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium.
As the birthplace of the term “Jazz,” it’s no surprise that music is major part of Chicago culture. Check out the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, which has been around since the Prohibition Era and still has Al Capone’s favorite booth. You can also head to Kingston Mines in Lincoln Park for live blues every night. Lucky visitors can also experience the excitement of the Chicago Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend.
When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, the city celebrated like never before. Not every game is that exciting, but fans can still catch a game at historic Wrigley Field. Not a Cubs fan? Don’t worry, as the hometown of an NFL team (Chicago Bears), NBA team (Chicago Bulls), NHL team (Chicago Blackhawks) and another MLB team (Chicago White Sox), Chicago’s sports calendar has something for everyone.
Are you looking for a city that will wow your guests and delivers great event spaces? Then Dallas is for you! With 13,000 downtown Dallas hotels, 12,000 places to eat, and $20 billion being spent on current and future development, big things are happening in Dallas for meeting and event planners.
With so many options, Dallas has a venue and hotel that will fit every budget and need. No wonder Dallas is the number one destination in Texas and one of the top meeting destinations in the U.S. Explore the top venues in Dallas and see how Dallas can make your next meeting or event a big deal.
Named “The Best-Run Convention Center in America,” the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located in the center of downtown Dallas, offers over 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. The Convention Center features 96 meeting rooms, three ballrooms (65,124 sq. ft), a 21,290 sq. ft area that can seat 9,816 people, a 9,816-seat theater, in addition to outdoor space. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center also offers free internet for event and meeting professionals and is one of the only United States LEED-EB and ISO green certified convention centers.
Known for its breathtaking 10 acres of land, the Castle is an ideal venue for a special meeting or event. The Castle can accommodate 600 people throughout the dining rooms, bar, veranda, and lawns. If you are looking to host a smaller event or meeting, the Castle offers four other venue packages: Inside the Castle, The Veranda, The Front Lawn, and The Great Lawn. The Castle also offers eight event experience packages, which will help make your attendees experience at the Castle more memorable.
Le Meridien is ideal for planners who are looking for more intimate spaces for their meetings or events. With 5,357 sq. ft of venue space, Le Meridien offers seven separate meeting and event rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 8 to 150 attendees. In addition to the hotel’s venue space, the Le Meridien offers 176 guest rooms. With the hotel being located in uptown Dallas, your guests will be steps away from some of the best Texas cuisine, museums, and shops.
Want to hold your next meeting or event somewhere other than a conference room? TopGolf offers planners with four unique venue options and 74 climate-controlled hitting bays. You can choose from one of their all-inclusive packages, which include food, drinks, games, and an event staff. One of the venue’s most popular rentable spaces is the Signature Room, which can accommodate up to 100 guests alongside the hitting bays. Other venues at Top Golf include Rooftop Terrace, the Lower Level Lounge, and the full venue buyout. Your attendees don’t have to be golfers to enjoy this unique experience.
Located minutes from the Dallas, Fort Worth International Airport, Lone Star Park offers a unique and easily accessible venue space for meetings and events. Lone Star Park offers five indoor meeting and event space. The Park also offers over one million sq. ft, of outdoor meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 20,000 guests. The Courtyard of Champions and the Outdoor Festivals are two ideal spaces for trade shows, exhibitions, and more. To top off your meeting or event, Lone Star Park also offers live racing for your attendees.
Enjoy views of downtown Dallas, local artists paintings, and history of the city from one of the top 100 meeting hotels in the United States. Omni Hotel can accommodate 10-person meetings to 1,000-attendee events in their 111,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Omni offers 41 separate meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and an event technology center where you can host a digital meeting or event. The hotel is also connected by a sky bridge to the Dallas Convention Center, which offers more than 2.1 million sq. ft of meeting and event space.
This European-influenced restaurant and 1.5-acre garden located in the middle of Dallas, is a unique option for your next meeting or event. Host your corporate function, party, or other corporate events inside the restaurant, which offers floor-to-ceiling window views of the gardens or host your event amidst the 8,265 sq. ft of oak and river birch trees. With room for up to 300 guests, your meeting or event at Marie Gabrielle’s is sure to be enchanting.
Originally designed in 1911, this fully renovated, modern boutique hotel offers 76 guest rooms and 5,000 sq. ft. of unique and intimate meeting and event space. NYLO features 950 sq. ft. of indoor, flexible venue spaces, including two boardrooms—the Belleview and Cedars Boardroom— and the Library Lounge. In addition, the NYLO offers an outdoor rooftop bar with a pool that can be rented for meetings and events. Use this ultramodern, contemporary hotel as the backdrop to wow your attendees at your next meeting or event.
Let your guests experience the modern marvel that is the Perot Museum by hosting your next meeting or event in one or all of the 19 different venues. The Perot Museum can accommodate 20 to 1,500 guests in the unique venues. Some of the museum’s most highlighted spaces include the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall and the glass-encased Main Lobby, where 120 guests can dine surrounded by sparkling gems collected from around the globe.
Looking to host an authentic, Dallas event? Then Backyard Dallas is for you. The venue features 12,000 sq. ft of open-air space where you can host up to 750 guests. This lively and rustic venue features games like bar swings, corn hole, Jenga, and more. Your guests can play in-between eating some of Backyard’s scratch-made Texas-American cuisine and participating in your meeting or event. With custom decor, photo booths, and handmade cocktails, there’s not much your guests won’t love about the Backyard.
Rate #1 thing to do on U.S. Travel, discover one of two of the only presidential assassination sites in the U.S. The museum, located on the sixth and seventh floor of the building, focuses on President John F. Kennedy’s life, presidency, and his tragic assassination. You can purchase tickets here.
Opened every day except for Monday’s, the Kimbell Art Museum is rated as one of the top, small art museums in the world. The Museum, which is located in the Fort Worth’s Cultural District offers a permanent collection of art from artists like Picasso, Rembrandt, and Monet, in addition to featured exhibits. Some of the current featured exhibits include Monet: The Late Years, Renior: The Body, The Senses, and Balenciaga in Black. Admission to the Museum’s permanent exhibits is free; however, there is an admission fee for special exhibitions.
Fort Worth Stockyard, also known as where the West begins, is a district that embodies the state’s western heritage. In Stockyards, you’ll experience the history of the Wild West. Enjoy cowboy cuisine, visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame or the prohibition speakeasies.
Few cities embody the phrase “Work Hard, Play Hard,” better than Las Vegas. It certainly explains why many of the most famous mega hotel-casinos also have fabulous event spaces. If you’re looking to keep work and play separate, Vegas also has a convention center and great dedicated meeting spaces. No matter the backdrop of your event, it’s sure to be an excellent show. Getting in and around Vegas is easy, with an airport just minutes away from the city center and taxis stands at every hotel.
With its nearly limitless hotel options, unique places to visit, and exciting entertainment opportunities, it’s no wonder Las Vegas is a top destination for tourism and business. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in America’s Playground.
This expansive facility can handle any event a planner might have in mind thanks to 13 flexible exhibit halls, 145 meeting rooms and spacious Lobby and Concourse areas. The convention center also has two restaurants and 18 concession stands onsite, so guests don’t have to travel far to refuel. Planners are welcome to utilize the many available services including catering, technology and advertising.
Whether your event is corporate, social or a bit of both, MEET is fully customizable to your needs. This 40,000 sq. ft. venue has event and exhibition space on three floors, along with classrooms, a boardroom and an outdoor pavilion. Factor in state-of-the-art technology, in-house catering and support staff and your event is sure to be a success.
Take advantage of Las Vegas’ year-round sunshine by adding an outdoor element to your event. With 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor space and 1.8 acres of outdoor space, this blank canvas venue is great for out-of-the-box events. Thanks to a flexible vendor policy, planners are free to engage any services they need in order to bring their event to life.
Although it is officially a performing arts center, the Smith Center has a variety of unique spaces suitable for hosting all kinds of events. The largest space, Reynolds Hall, can seat 2,000 people and features state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the Smith’s elegant atmosphere can be enhanced by catering provided by gourmet vendors.
This cultural institution, known as the “birthplace of Las Vegas,” features museums, galleries and a botanical garden. The preserve has a great mix of venues, including spacious outdoor plazas and amphitheaters, as well as indoor rooms suitable for up to 350 people. For a truly unique reception, dinner or social event consider booking Boomtown 1905, a historic Las Vegas streetscape.
Vegas has tens of thousands of hotel rooms, and many are just an elevator ride away from fabulous spaces. With six ballrooms, 25 meeting rooms and a business center spread over three floors, the Cosmopolitan can handle just about any event. In-house A/V and catering services will put planners at ease, and guests are sure to enjoy the casino, spa and luxurious pool.
Whether you’re hosting 20 guests or 350, one of the Westin’s 20 meeting rooms will definitely suit your needs. This venue is perfect for planners interested in a non-gaming hotel with enjoyable onsite amenities including a restaurant, pool, spa, and fitness center. Just three miles from the airport and one block away from the Strip, this stylish hotel is the definition of convenience.
Treat your guests to a Parisian experience without having to get on a plane. This 22,000 sq. ft. rooftop is situated underneath the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Thanks to its top-of-the-line sound and lighting equipment and fabulous panoramic views, the Chateau sets an incredible scene. For planners interested in indoor Parisian glamour, the Paris also features three customizable ballrooms.
Currently ranked as the 4th largest hotel in the world, the MGM also boasts some of the largest event spaces in Las Vegas. The conference center alone has over 380,000 sq. ft. of customizable meeting space. In addition to the usual amenities of onsite casinos, pools, spas and fine dining, MGM entertainment includes LEVEL UP, an adult playground/lounge and Topgolf, “the hottest new concept on the Las Vegas scene.”
With nearly 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms, conference facilities and banquet halls, this resort can handle all kinds of events. Planners will appreciate dedicated A/V and catering services and the option to reserve exclusive VIP spaces. Guests won’t have to look far for entertainment, thanks to a plethora of onsite amenities. Nine restaurants, an enormous pool complex, a movie theater, a bowling alley… the list goes on!
If you’re interested in casinos, you’re certainly in the right place. Before your luck (or money) runs out, be sure venture out to the Strip to check out some iconic Vegas scenes. Enjoy the choreographed lights and music of the Bellagio Fountains or take a gondola ride through the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. For a great night out, consider tickets to one of the many concerts, comedy, magic or Cirque du Soleil shows.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from the typical art and science museums, you’re in the right place. Take a trip to the past by checking out the original lights of Las Vegas at the Neon Museum. Take decidedly darker trip by visiting the Mob Museum, where you can check out artifacts from real mobsters and law enforcement officials and enjoy classic portrayals of the mob in a glamorous theater.
When it comes to Las Vegas, most people don’t picture nature activities. However, just minutes away from the Strip, you can find the scenic trails and colorful rock formations of the Red Rock Canyon. You might be in the middle of the desert, but you can find some great beaches just 30 minutes away at Lake Mead. Enjoy a hike, swim, kayak and be back in the city in time for dinner! Finally, considering venturing out to one of the great wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon. If you have a day to spend, take a bus tour from Las Vegas. For a shorter, but equally enjoyable experience, there are helicopter flight over the canyon.
Whether it’s the film or event industry, it’s all about location, location, location. Thankfully, Los Angeles is full of incredible event spaces that reflect the city’s many characters. You’ll find venues full of modern elegance, Old Hollywood glamour and blockbuster spectacle right in the heart of the city. As the city of show business, it should be no surprise that Los Angeles is an excellent place to put on any kind of production. In a city as big as Los Angeles, no matter where you go, you’re sure to find great dining and entertainment opportunities. The city’s comprehensive metro rail and bus system also makes it possible to explore some of greater LA’s top destinations while avoiding the notorious traffic.
Thanks to its sunny skies and exciting energy, tourists and businesses alike can’t get enough of this West Coast superstar. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in La-La Land.
Centrally located near major highways and metro stations, this city landmark is the definition of convenience. This massive facility features five exhibit halls, 64 meeting rooms and also provides support services including food, beverage, and lighting and sound systems. With many hotels and restaurants within walking distance, any event here is sure to get rave reviews.
This sleek downtown hotel boasts the largest ballroom in Los Angeles as one of its 35 event rooms. With 1,300+ rooms, a six-story shopping and dining atrium and a sky-high revolving cocktail lounge, guests don’t even have to leave the hotel to have a fabulous time. Throw in onsite event, catering and AV services, and you’ve got the complete package.
Some events require a blank canvas in order to fully realize a planner’s vision. This airy, well-lit building features a multitude of open loft spaces across several floors. Planners will have no trouble incorporating the great weather thanks to Hudson Loft’s 14,000 sq. ft. open rooftop.
This Arts District building brings together the best of historic LA charm and modern amenities. Here, it’s all about flexibility, which is why there are no required vendors. Whether it's indoor or out, planners and guests alike will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the Unique Space.
This fabulous venue has 76,000 sq. ft. of function space, including a ballroom capable of seating 2,000. Guests are sure to feel like A-listers whether they’re relaxing in one the 600+ plush rooms or basking in the rooftop pool. Located just a block from Hollywood Boulevard, this hotel is close to some of the best dining and entertainment options LA has to offer.
This landmark building offers a variety of great event spaces throughout its three floors, including two ballrooms. The 13,000 sq. ft rooftop features spectacular views, a secret penthouse and even has available billboard space! No matter the event, this versatile location is full of options to make your event one of a kind.
Built in 1927, this venue is the perfect place to experience Old Hollywood glamour. Whether you hold your event in one of the ballrooms, the art salon or the courtyard garden, it’s sure to be an elegant affair. Thanks to a dedicated events team and gourmet catering services, planners can be sure their event is in good hands.
For many people, LA is all about the rich and famous. Take a tour around Beverly Hills to see the homes of your favorite stars or head to the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the chance to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities. Head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for a more low-key encounter with the stars and to check out iconic locations like the Chinese Theater.
Some of the best views in LA require some distance, but the experience is well worth it. Located on the shores of the Pacific, 15 miles from downtown, the Santa Monica Pier offers breathtaking views courtesy of its 90 ft tall Ferris wheel. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, there’s Griffith Observatory on Mt. Hollywood. Here visitors can enjoy unparalleled views of the skyline and even take a peek at real stars thanks to an enormous telescope. In the hills of Bel-Air, the Getty Center offers views of both natural and man-made wonders. At this architectural marvel, visitors will find a magnificent art collection, beautiful gardens and of course, great views of the city.
There’s something for everyone in LA, you just need the right tickets. Sports fans can catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium or a college football game at the Rose Bowl. Movie aficionados are sure to enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of studios like Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers and Disney. Don’t forget to check out the calendars of the Crypto.com Arena and the Walt Disney Concert Hall for exciting concerts and shows!
With new and renovated venues, like Music City Center and Gaylord Opryland, the Music City has been named one of the top ten meeting destinations. In addition to unique venues that combined southern charm with the city’s music heritage, Nashville offers unique cuisine, which won them Zagat’s award for thirty most exciting food cities. With great venues, food, and music, no wonder Nashville is a “double-platinum” destination among planners. Learn how the Music City can help you bring your next event to super-star status.
Celebrating its fifth year, the 16-acre Music City Center is a one-stop shop for planners. The center offers sixty-six in-house venues for you to choose from: Karl. F Dean Grand Ballroom (57,500 sq. ft), Davidson Ballroom (18,000 sq. ft), 55 meeting rooms, 3 boardrooms, four show manager officers (1,450+ sq. ft each), and two green rooms. The center also provides free Wi-Fi service throughout the building to help your event run smoothly. Keeping with its promise to stay green, the center has a 4-acre green roof, a 360,000-gallon rainwater collection tank, and 845 solar panels to help power your events. With 2.1 million sq. ft of green venue space, the Music City Center can accommodate any size event.
Named one of the greenest building in the world, the recently modernized building, the Bridge Building, is a one-of-a-kind, customizable, riverfront event and meeting space. The Bridge Building, which used to serve as Arthur Dyer’s Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO) office space, now offers a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of Nashville and indoor space that can accommodate 1,000 guests. The indoor space also features floor-to-ceiling windows, so your attendees can enjoy Nashville views from inside. Whether you are hosting a conference, seminar, or other social gatherings, your attendees are sure to remember the unique space and breathtaking views.
From 9-acres of indoor gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor river, world-class dining, luxury rooms, shopping, live entertainment, Gaylord Opryland has everything you and your attendees will need during your event and stay. The 757,479 sq. ft meeting and event venue offers 85 meeting and event rooms, 106 breakout rooms (16-550 people), 6 ballrooms, and more than 15 restaurants. The center is also known for the Ryman Exhibit Hall. This hall offers 260,000 sq. ft. of event space, which makes it the largest non-gaming, in-hotel exhibit space in the world!
Stand out in the event industry pack by hosting your next event at the Nashville Zoo. Looking to host your next event. Rated one of the top ten zoos and aquariums, the Nashville Zoo has 6 themed indoor and 6 spacious outdoor meeting and event spaces, which range from holding 20-2,000 guests. One of the Zoo’s most popular venue spaces is the Jungle Terrace Pavilion (up to 350 guests). The Jungle Terrace is an outdoor venue, covered by a tent, where your attendees can experience fine dining and the Zoo landscapes all at your event. The Nashville Zoo also offers event enhancements, like scavenger hunts, team building activities, carousel rides, and much more. Whether you have a giraffe, chinchilla, or flamingo greet your guests or decide to host your event in one of the indoor locations, an event at the Nashville Zoo will sure give your attendees something to remember.
With over 30,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space, the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown is an ideal venue for your next event. The Sheraton features 17 venue spaces that can host 12 to 1,300 guests. One of the most unique venues the Sheraton has for meetings and events is the Skye rooftop lounge, which offers unique 360-degree views of Nashville. The Sheraton is also located steps from Nashville’s Arts District, where your attendees can explore downtown Nashville attractions, like Nissan Stadium, Broadway Street, and the Grand Ole Opry, in-between sessions. Let your attendees maximize their visit to Nashville by hosting your next event at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
The Hatcher, located on the third floor of the restaurant, Acme Feed and Seed, is the largest Broadway one-level event and music venue. The 7,000 sq. ft open floor plan venue can host 200-499 guests and be transformed to fit your specific event. The Hatchery has views of Riverfront Park, Cumberland River, and Nissan Stadium, and is conveniently located in downtown Nashville. If you are looking for a smaller venue, Acme Feed and Seed also offers space on the second floor and rooftop bar. No matter what venue you choose at Acme Feed and Seed, your event will be sure to capture a uniquely Nashville atmosphere.
With 214 guest room, 5,000 sq. ft of event and meeting space, a 24-hour business center, a variety of dining options, and an outdoor pool, the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown is well equipped to host your next meeting or event. The hotel features nine on-site venues to host 12 to 360 guests. All of these rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology to help you run your event run smoothly. Located fifteen minutes from Nashville’s International Airport and within walking distance from some of Nashville’s greatest attractions, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, the Hilton Garden Inn is an ideal venue for your next event.
The Oak Room is a historic, 4,350 sq. ft event venue located in the Green Brier Distillery, a late 1800’s whiskey distiller. The Oak Room features intimate and customizable venue space which hold 15 to 250 guests. From corporate events to private dinners this unique, metropolitan space can help you hold a Nashville-charming event.
The East Ivy Mansion is a 44,000 sq. ft indoor and outdoor Italian-Renaissance-styled space can accommodate all types of gatherings like meetings, events, corporate retreats, fundraisers, and more. For smaller groups, the most highlighted spaces on-site are the intimate parlor and walnut library for intimate meetings and group activities. The mansion and pool house can also sleep up to 16 guests. For larger meeting or events, the mansion’s grand ballroom and living room are favorites. The courtyard and gardens can also be transformed with tents, tables, and chairs if you want to hold a meeting or event outside. Although the mansion is only located five minutes away from the heart of downtown Nashville, your guests will feel like they are in another world.
Broadway’s only brewery, the Rock Bottom features a rooftop patio with views of Nashville’s Nissan Station and the Cumberland River. The rooftop patio can accommodate up to 350 guests. The Rock Bottom first floor restaurant can be brought out for your next event and accommodate up to 1,000 guests. You can also add a private brewery tour or a beer tasting to either venue to make your event truly memorable for your attendees. No matter what you choose, the Rock Bottom brewery will make sure your next event is on tap.
Nashville is known as Music City because of its musical heritage, and there’s no better place to experience this heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. Rated #1 thing to do by U.S. Travel News, the Ryman Auditorium hosts concerts by Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Trace Adkins, and more. If you don’t have time to see a concert, you can record a record, book a backstage guided tour, or check out the newest exhibit to experience the history of the “Mother Church of Country Music”.
The Country Music Hall of Fame museum is a must-see for any history or music lover. In the Country Music Hall of Fame, you will see artifacts, like Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac limo, every gold and platinum records country singers produced, and studio B, known as the world’s most influential country recording studio. Tickets cost $25.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 6-12, and free for kids younger than 5.
Although Nashville is known for its music, because of the number of colleges and universities, the city is also known as the “Athens of the South”. The Parthenon is a life-size replica of the Parthenon found in Athens, Greece. Tickets for the Parthenon cost $6 for adults and $4 for kids 4-17.
As declared by the musical Hamilton, New York is “the greatest city in the world!” Whether or not you agree, there’s no denying that it is a global center for many industries, including banking, fashion, medicine and business, and has a myriad of venues to choose from for hosting meetings and events. New York is all about options, and when it comes to venues, planners can pick from the sleekest modern hotels and ballrooms, to the historic places that mark the city’s 350-year history.
With convenient transportation options and countless opportunities to explore all the attractions, museums, and restaurants the city has to offer, New York may just be the perfect place to make an adventure out of your event for your attendees. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in the Big Apple.
When it comes to New York events, there’s no bigger stage than the Javits Center. Located within walking distance of Times Square, Penn Station and over a dozen subway stops, no matter where you’re coming from, it’s hard to miss this majestic building. The busiest convention center in the country boasts 840,000 sq. ft. of space, including 102 flexible meeting rooms. The newly renovated Javits Center features state of the art technology, convenient amenities and thousands of staff to help bring your event to life.
Convene headquarters at 101 Greenwich Street exemplifies the company’s expertise in full-service meeting spaces. You’ll find boardrooms, workrooms and event spaces spread throughout three floors, all outfitted with the best technology available. In-house culinary services mean your guests won’t have to travel far to fill up on fresh, gourmet meals. Factor in the five partner hotels in the vicinity, and your guests won’t have any trouble balancing work, fun and rest.
Located just two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, the very first Convene location is the definition of modern elegance. With 12 meeting spaces spread over three floors, no matter what kind of room you need, you can be sure it will be spacious and beautifully furnished. This location’s Wharton Forum space can seat up to 430 guests and features 22-foot-high windows for unparalleled skyscraper views complete with built-in stage lighting, a soundboard, and high-definition projectors.
Whether you anticipate 20 guests or 200, one of the 28 flexible meeting spaces at Crowne Plaza Times Square will surely suit your needs. This hotel also boasts two ballrooms that can accommodate 700 people. And whether or not you engage the services of a dedicated meetings director to help keep things running smoothly, you won’t have to worry about the comfort of your guests with modern guest rooms and onsite amenities including a restaurant, bar/lounge and gym.
Looking to see the city from a different angle? Head across the river! The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge combines spectacular Manhattan views with a laidback Brooklyn atmosphere. It has 26 flexible meeting spaces suitable for events of all shapes and sizes. The newly renovated Grand Ballroom can accommodate 2,000 guests, making it one of the biggest event spaces in New York. Factor in state-of-the-art AV equipment, catering and meeting services, and there’s no doubt your event will be a success.
As beautifully decorated and well-furnished as a conference room or ballroom can be, sometimes an event requires a blank canvas. With 30,000 sq. ft. of open space, Center415 is a great place to combine big visions with out-of-the-box ideas. Whether you’re launching new products and fashions or displaying artwork and a car or two, you’ll be able to bring your event to life in a bold way. Center415 also partners with first class vendors in the catering, furniture and rental, and AV industries to provide quality service no matter the event.
Sometimes out-of-the-box isn’t far enough. When that happens, it’s time to consider venues that bring something unique to the table. The Center for Architecture has high ceilings, great natural light and state-of-the-art technology throughout their three floors of galleries. Planners have the option of using one gallery, the entire ground floor or even the whole center! Located in vibrant Greenwich Village, this venue is a great place to see a different side of New York.
The Altman Building may have been built in 1896, but this landmark historic building can host all kinds of 21st century events. Thanks to its 13,500 sq. ft. of open space, this venue can accommodate auto shows, social gatherings and everything in between. It takes a team to put together a great event, which is why the Altman Building partners with select vendors to provide high-quality AV, catering and décor services. There’s nothing like a little Old New York charm and a lot of modern New York amenities!
Thanks to its convenient location just steps from Rockefeller Plaza, your guests can travel to Old New York in an instant by walking through the doors of the 3 West Club. This historic hotel mansion features six elegant spaces able to accommodate up to 350 guests. With 25 hotel rooms and 2 suites available, this event space is also a beautiful lodging option. Planners are welcome to work with in-house catering services to create custom menus and to consult the preferred vendor list for other services, including AV and photography.
A well-planned and well-executed event could very well be considered a masterpiece. Why not hold your event in place that displays masterpieces every day? The Metropolitan Museum of Art has something for everyone, and that includes event spaces. Consider one of the lecture halls for a conference or hold your corporate reception in one of the grand courts surrounded by sculptures. In addition, the Met will work with planners to iron out logistics and negotiate extras like gallery tours.
Skyscrapers? There are certainly a few of those and the view is great whether you’re downtown at One World Observatory or midtown at the Empire State Building. You can also find great views at ground level. Check out the Art Deco-style lobby of the Chrysler Building or the art installation in the atrium of the New York Times Building.
In a city where you can find Argentine steakhouses, Moroccan cafés, Norwegian eateries and Vietnamese sandwich shops, it might be easier to name a cuisine you can’t try. Looking to try some of New York’s iconic foods? Grab a slice of pizza at Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria, or a sandwich at Katz Deli, a lower east side staple since 1888.
There is no shortage of fun things to do in the city, but you can’t go wrong with a Broadway show. For those with a competitive spirit, the New York metropolitan area is home to professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams. Plus, tickets to a musical or baseball game as a giveaway or prize can be a great incentive to attend your event!
With theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, it’s no wonder Orlando, Florida is named the theme park capital of the world. Orlando has also been ranked the number one meetings destination in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row, making the city a popular world-class meetings destination. Whether theme parks are an attractive incentive your attendees or not, Orlando is also known for its sunshine, countless resorts and a hub for space buffs. With Micky close by, your event is sure to be nothing short of magical.
Located 7 miles from Disney, the United States’ second largest convention center is an award-winning venue for meeting and event planners. The OCCC has 7 million sq. ft of event space divided by two main concourses: the West Concourse and the North/South Concourse. Whether you decide to host your event in one of the 49 meetings rooms in the West concourse or in the North/South exhibition space, the OOCC will customize the space to best fit your event.
Recently renovated, the waterfront Disney Beach Club Resort, located within walking distance from Epcot, now features over 70,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space. With 36, 210 sq. ft ballrooms; 15 exhibit halls, 2 breakout rooms, and more, you are sure to find the ideal space for your presentations, breakout session, exhibit, or other special events. Let Disney Meetings help you bring some magic to your next event.
Looking for a lively, rocking venue to host your next event? Look no further than The House of Blues. Located in Disney Springs, it houses 43,000 sq. ft of rock and blues-themed event and meeting space. The venue is broken up into five different rooms, the Music Hall, the Main Dining Room, the Lighting Room, the Front Courtyard, and the Voodoo Room, which accommodate 15 to 2,500 guests. Amplify your next event with this unique venue.
From corporate meetings, outings, and events, the Kennedy Space Center has the “space” to accommodate any size event. The Kennedy Space Center features two conference facilities and three unique venues: the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the Journey to Mars. Your guests can walk under a 365-foot Saturn V moon rocket and view real shuttle floats, all at your event. Give your attendees an out-of-this-world experience by hosting your next event at the Kennedy Space Center.
With space for up to 4,000 guests and 640 guest rooms, Orlando's Hard Rock Café, the largest in the world will help you throw a rockstar event. Orlando’s Hard Rock Café has nine different venue options including indoor and outdoor space. The Hard Rock features everything from an intimate 30-person meeting at the Art Bar to a 2,800-person conference in the Hard Rock Live room. No matter the size of your event, the Hard Rock Café will be sure to “rock” your next event.
Located on a 482-acre nature preserve by Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria is an ideal venue for your next event in Orlando. The Waldorf Astoria has 42,000 sq. ft of meeting space: 13 meeting rooms, two board rooms, 7,945 sq. ft ballroom, and the 8,712 sq. ft Central Park with 5,544 sq. ft Central Park Gardens. In addition to the meeting and event space, guests can stay in one of the luxury rooms, relax in the award-winning spa or by one of the two pools, or take the complementary transportation over to Disney World.
Winner of the 2018 Top New and Renovated Meeting Site Award, Planet Hollywood promises to host events that break the “wow barrier.” Designed specifically for meeting and event planners, the property features a 4,500 sq. ft video wall you can display your presentation or customized messaging, two patios, two balconies with views of Disney Springs, in addition to an indoor bar and main floor that can hold up to 1,100 guests. No matter what space you choose, Planet Hollywood will be sure to make your event the center of their universe.
Looking for a unique, event venue to make your own? Then this venue might be your dream come true. The Hangar is a 20,000 sq. ft blank canvas event airport hangar located at the Central Florida Airport. This industrial-styled event space can hold 800-1,500 guests. The Hangar can bring in staging, displays of any size, and even model and display airplanes. This venue space is only limited by your creativity, so get creative and start designing a truly exceptional event.
Orlando's IceBar features (you guessed it) a bar made out of ice. The bar, which can hold up to 50 guests, is made of over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, making it the largest permanent ice bar in the world. In addition to the Ice Bar, the venue features three other event spaces the Fire Lounge (465 guests), Front Patio (90 guests), and the Outdoor Option (1,200 guests). Whichever option you choose, the Orlando’s Ice Bar will help you freeze your event into your attendee’s memories.
At Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you can explore the lands of your favorite Disney characters, like Cinderella, Mickie Mouse, and more. Some of the Magic Kingdom most popular attractions are Cinderella’s Castle, the It’s a Small World ride, and Space Mountain.
Travel around the world, under the sea, and into space at Disney’s Epcot. Epcot allows you can visit eleven countries, such as Norway, Germany, and China, discover coral reefs, explore history galleries, and much more.
Defend the world and doge villains with your favorite characters at Universal Studios. Some of the best and most thrilling attractions include the Incredible Hulk, Men in Black, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
One of the top meeting and event destinations, Phoenix offers meeting and event planners an unhurried experience. With more than 460 meeting-friendly hotels and resorts, stunning dessert backdrops, and globally acclaimed Mexican and Southern cuisine, you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t hosted a meeting or event in Phoenix before.
In the city where there are more than 325 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 72 degrees, it’s easy to see why Phoenix is an ideal destination for your next meeting or event. Check out our top 10 venues meeting and event planners should consider in Phoenix.
Located alongside the Verde River, the Red Mountains, and Arizona’s Four Peaks, your guests will feel like they are in a tranquil, desert oasis at the WE-KO-PA Resort even though they are only 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Wassaja Conference Center features 25,000 sq. ft of flexible venue space, which can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. In addition to the convention center, the resort features 246 guest rooms and suites, Arizona’s number one golf course, horseback riding trails, and more. The WE-KO-PA offers work and play in a uniquely Phoenix setting.
Located 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and only 6 miles from downtown Phoenix, the Corona Ranch is Arizona’s only Mexican and Western rodeo ground that offers meeting and event venues. Since 1991, the Corona Ranch has specialized in corporate retreats and team building activities such as corporate Olympics, chili challenges, race car driving, and rodeos. From team building events to NBA All Star parties, the Corona Ranch hosts events of all sizes and will tailor your event to fit your budget.
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a premier destination for meetings and events. The Center includes 502,500 sq. ft of exhibit space, 46,000 sq. ft of ballroom space, a 2,312 seat Symphony Hall, a 1,364-seat Orpheum Theatre, and 99 meeting rooms. Needless to say, the Phoenix Convention Center can host a meeting or event of any size.
An Arizona landmark, the Heard Museum will bring beauty, elegance, and charm to your next meeting or event. The Heard features five outdoor venues such as the four spacious courtyards (500 guests) and the Nicholas Garden, a private venue featuring American Indian sculptures ideal for luncheons (50-75). In addition, the Heard also has four other indoor venues: the Steele Auditorium (60-500 guests), the Steele Auditorium Foyer (250 guests), the Monte Visa Room (40-160 guests), and the Encanto Room (30-75 guests). Immerse your guests In Phoenix’s and American Indian art and history by hosting your next event at the Heard Museum.
Nestled on 250 acres of land, the recently renovated Phoenician will elevate your next meeting or event to new heights. A AAA Five Diamond resort with 450 guest rooms, the Phoenician features 90,000 sq. ft of indoor event and meeting space in addition to outdoor venues. Some of the Phoenician’s venue highlights are the 45,000 sq. ft ballroom, the Camelback Ballroom, the Estrella Theatre (5,525 sq. ft), and the Jokake Inn, a historical, outdoor venue. No matter what venue you choose at the Phoenician, your guests will have a luxurious and unique experience.
With a 3-million-dollar renovation, Events On Jackson transformed from a historic produce warehouse to downtown Phoenix’s newest event and meeting space. Events On Jackson has 23,000 sq. ft of flexible in and outdoor space equipped with the latest technology. Events On Jackson is ideal for leadership retreats, product launches, workshops, and other corporate events that hold 80 to 800 guests. The versatility of the space allows you to transition seamlessly from a professional corporate environment to a lively social setting.
Looking to host your next meeting or event in a uniquely-Phoenix destination? Then the Desert Botanical Garden is for you. The Desert Botanical Garden offers open-air venues, like the Amphitheatre (25-100 guests), Webster Center (150 guests), the Steele Herb Garden (25-75 guests), or the Binns Wildflower Pavilion (100 guests), where your guests will be surrounded by over 50,000 of desert plants and wildflowers. If you’d prefer an indoor venue, the Garden offers other venues like the Dorrance Center (250-500 guests), Auditorium (150 guests), conference rooms (25 guests), classrooms (30 guests). With its charming Phoenix appeal, the Desert Botanical Garden is a “natural” choice for your next meeting or event.
Eat, drink, and meet local at DeSoto’s Central Market, located in the historic downtown Phoenix’s DeSoto building. In addition to a full rent out (600 people), the Market offers three event spaces: the Community Room (20 people), the Mezzanine (150 people), the Patio (250 people), which totals 15,300 sq. ft of meeting and event space. The Central Market also offers a dining package for 10-400 guests that features farm-to-table cuisine from a local venue. By hosting our next meeting or event at the Desoto Market, you’ll immerse your guests in the Phoenix culture, giving them an experience they will not forget.
With two on-site conference centers totaling more than 316,000 sq. ft of meeting and space and 21 outdoor venues, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the largest worldwide meeting and event property within the Fairmont group. Not only does the Fairmount accommodate all size events, but guests can also stay in one of the five-star 750 rooms. When your guests are not meeting in one of the event venues, they can enjoy the award-winning Well & Being Spa, the golf course, or even one of the five pools, including a rooftop pool. The Princess will not disappoint your guests.
Although the Chase Field is home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the space was designed for more than just baseball. Chase Field offers meeting and event planners 28 different venues, which can accommodate 13 to 5,000 people. Whether you choose to host your event in the All-Star suite, the Batter’s Box, the Beer Garden, or rent out the field, Chase Field’s unique venues will help you hit a homerun with your attendees.
Known and named after it’s unique camel-like outline, Camelback Mountain is deemed as one of the nation’s top hiking destinations and ranked by U.S. Travel as the second best thing to do in Phoenix. Pro Tip: Visit Camelback Mountain during before sunrise or sunset to experience the breathtaking views.
Phoenix is home to the Musical Instrument Museum, which features more than 6,800 instruments from over 200 countries around the globe. Rated the top attraction to see in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum provides people of all ages with can play with the instruments in the Experience Gallery. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for teens 13-19, $10 for kids 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Pro Tip: Check out the museum’s concert schedule to experience featured artists perform.
If hiking and museums are not your things, try a spa. Phoenix is known for its exceptional day spas with desert backdrops. You can head to the Valley of Sun for salt scrubs, rock massages, and Native American oils. Some of the most notable Phoenix day spas are the Boulders Resort, Camelback Inn, Arizona Biltmore, and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
San Diego was ranked in the top 10 U.S. cities to host an event or conference in 2019. Why? Because San Diego has 210 hotels, 70 miles of beach, tons of attractions, an international airport a few miles from downtown, and meeting and event venues of all sizes. Bring sun, sand, and the sea to your next event by choosing San Diego as your next destination. Here are some of the top venues planners should consider for their next meeting and event!
Located along the San Diego Bay just 10 minutes from the San Diego Airport and within walking distance to the city’s unique shops, parks, and other attractions, the San Diego Convention Center is the convention center in San Diego. The waterfront facility underwent a $25 million renovation last year and now sizes at 2.6 million square feet, which includes a 615,701 sq. ft exhibition hall and 204,114 sq. ft of meeting space. Whether you want to host your event in an exhibit hall or on one of their terraces, the San Diego Convention Center has it all.
Looking to add some American pride to your next meeting or event? Host a once-in-a-lifetime event on the U.S. Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the twentieth century. After the museum closes, this 47-year-old ship can be transformed to host your next event for up to 4,000 people. You can host your event outside on the four-acre flight deck (150-4,000 guests) or inside on the hanger deck (150-600 guests). For smaller events, you can use the fantail sponson, which seats up to sixty guests or one of the five amid meeting center rooms, which seats eight to thirty people.
From large to small meetings, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, California’s only triple five-star destination, can accommodate a full range of events. Located five miles from the Pacific coastline nestled in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, the resort has 20,000 sq. ft meeting and event space equipped with the latest technology. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers event enhancements like onsite amenities such as championship golf, exclusive dining, or access to one of the four pools. Your attendees can also conveniently stay in one of the resorts 249-rooms. No matter what type of event you are hosting, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar promises the setting will be enjoyable and relaxing for both you and your attendees.
Are your attendees beer lovers? Host your next event at the Bay City Brewing Company located between San Diego and Mission Bay. This craft brewery, known for its “coastal urban vibe” offers a tasting room, private event space, and an outdoor patio. You can also buy out the entire brewery for larger events. On the patio, the Brewery features a large Jenga board, board games, and food trucks. You can also catch fireworks put on by local attractions. Help your attendees experience a taste of local San Diego by hosting your next event at the Bay City Brewing Company.
Take advantage of San Diego’s beautiful beaches and host a beachfront event. Named America’s best beach, the Coronado beach at Hotel Del Coronado, located only eight miles from San Diego’s airport, can hold up to 1,200 guests. In addition to being the only beachfront resort that accommodates events in San Diego, the Del offers 65,000 sq. ft indoor event space. Whether your event has 24 attendees or 1,000+, the Del is one of San Diego’s premier meeting spaces.
Make your event a work of art by hosting it at San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Minutes from the San Diego International Airport, MCASD allows you to host your event in either its Jacobs Building or Copley Building. The Farrell Gallery and Figi Family Concourse in the Jacobs Building has a 4,500 sq. ft indoor space and an additional outdoor 5,000 sq. ft courtyard space, which seats 200+ guests. In addition, the Berglund Room and Woods Family Terrace in the Copley building is an indoor/outdoor space that seats 100-130 guests or 200 guests for a standing reception. Whether you choose the Farrell Gallery or the Berglund Room, the urban setting will provide your guests with an unforgettable, artful experience.
Host your next event at the highest rooftop bar on the west coast—San Diego’s Altitude Lounge. Altitude offers indoor and outdoor space for upscale, private dining and events. The bar features panoramic views of the harbor, skyline, Coronado Island, Coronado Bridge, and Point Ioma. Altitude is also known for its “superior views” of Petco Park and the Padres Games. Take your next event to new heights—22 stories to be precise—with Altitude.
Want to submerge your attendees into San Diego’s culture during your event? The California Center for the Arts, known as North San Diego’s cultural center, can help. As an event planner, the Center allows you to choose from a range of spaces to fit your event, like a 406-seat Center Theater, a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 9,000 sq. ft ballroom, and a small 10-seat meeting space. The Center also features free community events, like Jazz Jam Sessions and First Wednesday performances, that your attendees can join. Mix function with some San Diego culture by hosting your event at the California Center for Arts, Escondido.
With a $150 million expansion last year, Harrah’s Resort and Casino features 53,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Harrah’s event rooms also come equipped with state-of-the-art high-tech solutions and tech support to ensure your event runs smoothly. The resort also offers over 1,000 modern guest rooms, several restaurants, and three pools, including a lazy river. The Harrah resort is an ideal venue for large events, like conferences and tradeshows.
Looking for a unique, high-tech event space to host a smaller event or work retreat? Then the Point is for you. The Point offers five venue spaces featuring: a 160-person theater, a 120-person banquet room, a 60 or 99-person classroom, a 250-person cocktail reception, and a 400-person company picnic. Each space features big screen displays equipped with Apple TV, surround sound stereo, smart cameras, and touch screen glass walls. Along with event and meeting spaces, the Point offers four packages that planners can choose from to help you create a more specified event: company off-site, corporate holiday party, small meeting, and company picnic. The Point also offers activities like water sports in Mission Bay.
Escape the conference room and kayak through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. You’ll discover San Diego’s sea caves such as Sunny Jim’s Cave, the Clams’ Cave, and the Arch Cave. You may even see sea lions, shovelnose guitarfish, and dolphins. The safest way to explore the caves is by guided kayak tours.
Located minutes from downtown, Balboa Park is a must-see destination. Rated in the top ten U.S. parks by Tripadvisor Travelers Choice, Balboa Park is filled with attractions. You can visit one of the park’s sixteen, 1,2000-acre unique gardens, visit the zoo, Safari Park, museums, or catch a performance at one of the arts venues. To ensure you don’t miss anything, register for a free park tour led by a Park Ranger.
Despite its name, Tourmaline Surfing Park is a beach located in the North Pacific Beach area. This beach is split into two areas: surfing and swimming and has lifeguards on both sides. Tourmaline Surfing Park is a less touristy spot, so if you are looking to escape the noise, this spot is for you.
Don’t be fooled by this city’s modest size, San Francisco is full of amazing options for planners and visitors alike. Here you’ll find convenience, unique culture and an exciting, forward-thinking spirit. There are great venues all over the city, whether you’re looking for a space with great view, historic elegance or modern charisma. There is no shortage of dining and entertainment options, all of which are easily accessible thanks to the city’s metro and bus system.
With Silicon Valley just a train ride away, the Bay Area brings together the best of the California’s charm and innovative energy. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in The City by the Bay.
This architectural marvel boasts over 900,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space right in the heart of the city. Nearby you’ll find some of San Francisco’s top hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. Thanks to a recent expansion, this convention center is more committed than ever to sustainability, convenience and world-class service.
There is no shortage of hotels around Union Square, but the Grand Hyatt offers a great variety of event spaces along with over 600 guest rooms. Here you’ll find well-appointed conference rooms and a customizable ballroom capable of seating 1,000 guests. Be sure to consider the additional spaces on the 36th floor, all featuring spectacular panoramic views.
Known locally as “The Granite Lady,” this iconic building was built in 1874 and is a designated National Historic Landmark. The Old Mint has over 50,000 sq. ft. of event space, including multiple ballrooms. Conveniently situated near the Moscone Center, this venue will instantly transport your guests to San Francisco’s golden past.
Located right on the waterfront, this boutique hotel offers unparalleled views of Oakland Bay and the Bay Bridge. Impress attendees with a variety of elegant indoor and outdoor event spaces alongside luxurious amenities. With an onsite restaurant, penthouse spa, and 200 plush guest rooms, a business trip can become an impromptu vacation.
A Nob Hill icon with spectacular city views, the Masonic offers a variety of exciting venues for engagements big and small. The recently renovated auditorium is over 40,000 sq. ft. of highly versatile event space. Thanks to its world-class light and sound, customizable menus and full-service event production, it’s no wonder the Masonic hosts some of the most exciting events in town.
This former U.S. Army post now boasts an expansive resort with a unique blend of historical charm and modern convenience along with fabulous amenities. This venue features a variety of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces as well as elegantly appointed rooms. Although it is located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, guests will feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the San Francisco.
Located just a few blocks from the Moscone Center, this art gallery is the definition of “industrial chic.” The dynamic venue features 4,700 sq. ft of open space, floor to ceiling windows and original hardwood floors. Capable of hosting live music, film screenings and featuring a rotating art exhibit, this gallery is full of possibility.
This vintage waterfront warehouse boasts 120,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor space, and great views of the Bay Bridge. Whether you’re interested in hosting a formal dinner, casual reception or expansive convention, this venue can handle it. Thanks to the management of Giants Enterprises, you’ll be working alongside an award-winning organization to bring your event to life.
Originally built in 1909, this recently restored building is an architectural masterpiece. This San Francisco landmark is capable of hosting up to 2,000 guests throughout its three floors of unique event space. The Regency also provides a comprehensive list of preferred vendors and hotel partners to make your event a great experience from beginning to end.
This 13-acre former Army base features 12 event spaces full of historic charm and modern amenities. From theaters to open galleries to ballrooms, planners have plenty of options no matter the event. Located on the waterfront, Fort Mason boasts spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is just a short walk away from iconic Fisherman’s Wharf.
Part architectural gem, part artisan food court, the Ferry Building Marketplace is the best place to get a taste of the Bay Area’s fabulous cuisine. Looking for great cultural institutions? Check out SFMOMA, the Museum of the African Diaspora or the Contemporary Jewish Museum. From nearby Union Square, you can head towards the city’s iconic Chinatown. Don’t forget to take a ride on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars!
This enormous park is home to many unique sites including Dutch windmills, a log cabin and the Japanese Tea Garden. The park is also home to institutions like the California Academy of Science, where visitors can check out an indoor rainforest, an aquarium and a planetarium all under one roof. For those looking to see artistic wonders, head to the de Young Museum. Here you’ll find amazing collections of American, African and Oceanic art as well as a variety of special exhibitions.
Some of California’s most iconic destinations are within two hours of downtown San Francisco. Consider sending guests on day trip to Napa Valley to sample the region's famous wines. Or take guests for a scenic ride down the coast to Monterey where they’ll find an aquarium and great shopping and dining options along historic Cannery Row. Last but not least, Alcatraz is a must-see for any visitor. Guests are sure to enjoy the boat ride to the island and learning about this infamous San Francisco icon.
Although Washington D.C. is known for having some of the most recognizable monuments in the world, D.C. is also internationally known as a premier event destination. In D.C., your event will become a part of history. You can host your next event in one of the many unique meeting and event venues, like the National Air and Space Museum or the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hosting an event in D.C. also allows your attendees to experience over 17 entry-free, historical landmarks, diverse culture, 5-star hotels, and world-class dining.
With history and culture on your side, why wouldn’t you want to host your next event in D.C.? Let your attendees experience the “DC difference”. Trust us - D.C. will give every attendee something to remember.
One of D.C.’s highest buildings, the Washington National Cathedral is an operating Episcopal church and event space. The cathedral offers four scenic meeting and event spaces: The Nave (1,000-2,000 guests), Bethlehem Chapel (120-200 guests), Pilgrim Observation Gallery (120 guests), and the Charles A. Perry Auditorium (180 guests). The stained-glass windows, unique carvings and sculptures will wow your attendees and make for a memorable event.
As the first commercial winery in D.C., District Winery specializes in meetings, corporate events, holiday parties, weddings, and fundraiser events. The Winery has six private event rooms that hold 40-450 people, including an outdoor terrace. Your guests will enjoy wine made onsite, as well as views of the Anacostia River.
Have you ever wanted to host an event in a baseball dugout? How about on a baseball field? The Nationals Park baseball stadium allows you to host 40 to 40,000 guests in exclusive spaces. Open year-round, you can host your event on the field, in dugouts, in the outdoor and indoor clubhouse, or in the park’s conference center. With 14 indoor spaces and eight outdoor spaces to choose from, you are sure to find a space for your event here.
Located in downtown D.C., the Marriott Marquis is D.C.’s largest hotel and is the only hotel that connects to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, consequently the hotel is a favorite of planners. The hotel features 105,474 sq. ft of meeting and event space and 80 dedicated meeting and event rooms. The hotel also offers 1,175 guest rooms, five on-site restaurants, and shopping. With panoramic views of downtown D.C., high-tech meeting and event amenities, and sophisticated service, the Marriott Marquis will not disappoint you, attendees.
Houser of the original Wright Flyer, a touchable lunar rock, and the Mercury Friendship 7 space capsule, the National Air and Space Museum is not only a museum but an event space. The museum accommodates large scale events for up to 4,000 people and features six meeting rooms: America by Air (250 people), Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall (400 people), Space Race (400 people), Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (230 people), Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater (485 people), and other galleries. Your event will sure to be out of this world.
With views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and Lafayette Park, the Hay-Adams hotel is an ideal location for your next D.C. event. The luxury hotel features four meeting spaces: the Hay Adams Room (35-175 people), Concorde Room (24-65 people), Windsor Room (18-40 people), and the Private Dining Room (30-50 people). The hotel also features a 3,200 sq. ft rooftop bar, Top of The Hay, that overlooks D.C.’s cityscape. Whether you are hosting a corporate presentation, holiday party, or retreat, the Hay-Adams will make your event one of sophistication.
Rated one of the top five most historic venues to explore in the world by the Smithsonian, the Mansion on O Street is a haven for meetings, events, CEOs, and politicians. The Mansion on O Street prides itself on creating unique, creative environments for meetings and events. The Mansion features 12 conference rooms, large meeting galleries, ballrooms, and other unique spaces, which can hold up to 650 people. The hotel also offers over 100 rooms for guests to stay in and 70 secret doors for guests to explore. It’s a wonder why the Mansion on O Street was rated number one for meetings and events in the world.
The 20 F Street, NW Conference Center is located on Capitol Hill within walking distance of 17 restaurants, 13 museums and memorials, and 5 hotels. The conference center offers six meeting spaces: the Boardroom (24 people); Videoconference room (18 people); Conference Center A or B, which includes the Schoolroom (34-48 people), Theater (80-100 people), Reception (100-120 people), Banquet (40-48 people) and Hollow square (36-44 people); Lobby and Lounge Area (220 people; and the tented Roof Terrace South (100-220 people). With the terrace views of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome, your guests are sure to remember your event at the 20 F Street, NW Conference Center for a lifetime.
Constructed by Arthur Brown Jr. between 1932-1934, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium sits on Constitution Avenue, located two blocks from the President’s Park. Because of its historic nature, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium has a 1,000-guest limit. The venue features six venue spaces for meetings or events: the Lobby (250 guests), Great Hall (400-1,000 guests), Center Green Room (100-250 guests), East Green Room (20-40 guests), West Green Room (20-50 guests), Third Floor (200 guests). Due to its history, beautiful architecture, and location, you can understand why Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium is one of D.C.’s most sought-after venues.
Are you looking for a venue that dazzles? Then D.C.’s Smithsonian American Art Museum is for you. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has two locations, the SAAM and Renwick. The SAAM, located in downtown D.C., has five event spaces: the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard (850-1,200 people), The Luce Foundation Center for American Art (300-800 people), the Great Hall (300-366 people), the Portico (40-50 people), and the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium (seated 346). The other location, the Renwick Event Space, features 4,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space. No matter what type of event you are hosting, the Smithsonian American Art Museum promises to deliver a dazzling and elegant event for your guests.
The Washington Monument and the White House Tour: On this free tour, you can ride the Washington monument’s glass elevators to reach the top observation deck where you will enjoy 360-degree views of D.C. After this, you can visit the White House and tour the State floor, East Room, Green Room, and the Blue Room for Free. Pro Tip: The self-guided tours take place from 7:30 AM-11:30 AM Tuesday-Thursday and 7:30 AM-1:30 PM from Friday-Saturday. Try to arrive 15 minutes before opening time to avoid the security line.
Lincoln Memorial: Rated the #1 thing to do in D.C. by U.S. Travel News, the Lincoln Memorial is another must-see monument in D.C., this free memorial can be visited 24 hours a day. In addition to the larger-than-life statue of Lincoln, the monument features President Lincoln’s two famous speeches: the second inaugural address, and the Gettysburg Address, which are carved into the walls surrounding the statue.
National Archives Museum: Opened daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM, the National Archives Museum is the perfect museum for history buffs. At the National Archives Museum, you’ll be able to see the original United States founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Pro Tip: Although museum tickets are free, due to the museum’s popularity there can be long lines.
The Tidal Basin: Located in the West Potomac Park, the Tidal Basin is a free park, open 24/7. The park is surrounded by many memorials, such as the Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the FDR memorials. The Tidal Basin also features a 2-mile-long pond. If you go after March 15th, you can rent paddleboards and paddle across the pond, while taking in the surrounding memorials. Pro Tip: The best time to visit the Tidal Basin in early spring so you can see the cherry blossom trees bloom.
Location, location, location...is the most important aspect of where you will host your next meeting or event. Now that you know our top venue picks in 13 of the top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States, you can confidently choose a location with that wow factor to delight your guests. If you are struggling to choose between two or more venues, or need help creating an RFP, Aventri offers a free online venue sourcing solution: Venue Connect.
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