Las Vegas Conventions
There are literally hundreds of conventions
held in Las Vegas each year, sometimes there will be over a hundred in any given
month. While each hotel hosts conventions regularly, some of the largest
convention centers include the Las Vegas Convention Center close to the Las
Vegas Hilton, The Expo connected to the Venetian, and the Convention Center in
Mandalay Bay. If you are attending a convention at any of these locations
chances are it is on a very busy weekend and traffic is going to be a nightmare.
Here are some suggestions for attending conventions in any of these locations.
Las Vegas Convention Center - Book
early and try to get a room at the Las Vegas Hilton if possible. The Riviera is
also close by and is usually less expensive.
If you cannot get into a nearby hotel,
consider car pooling or taking a cab to the convention during hours because
traffic will be heavy.
The Expo - This is connected to the
Venetian just off the Strip on Twain (or Spring Mountain west of the Strip).
Naturally staying at the Venetian is most convenient however the Palazzo, Wynn,
Encore, Mirage, and TI are all on the same cross streets. Parking here can be
even more difficult than at the Las Vegas Convention Center even though it is a
smaller a venue because it is so close to the Strip.
The Convention Center at Mandalay Bay
- This location causes perhaps the least headaches traffic wise, being on the
southern most end of the Strip there is not a lot of competition with other
It is ideal to stay at Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons which
is atop Mandalay, or Luxor which is connected via a walkway.
New York-New York and Excalibur are also very close, and MGM
Grand has tons of rooms and is conveniently located.
If you are attending a convention at any of the other
casinos, it is always best to try to get a room there. If
that isn't possible check out a map of Vegas and choose a
hotel that is close by. If you are more concerned about
saving money on your trip, take a look at our budget section
for good deals on a room. Be aware of the size of your
convention and how many people are planning on attending. If
it is a large convention in the thousands like MAGIC and a
few others expect traffic to be backed up and parking to
come at a premium.