As keynote speakers and futurists, meeting and event planners often ask us: What are the best cities to hold conferences, tradeshows, and other corporate get-togethers at? Interestingly, the answers change from year to year as tourism boards, destinations, and even government executives adopt changing strategies, outreach programs, and business initiatives. However, for those wondering where a good place to hold a gathering would be in the next year or two? Here are some sample suggestions of the Top 50 cities in America at which to hold your next event, noting that dozens of other great locations make perfectly fine and recommendable candidates as well.

Scenic Destinations in the USA to Explore

Each of the following towns is well known for hosting conferences, tradeshows, and conventions. Keep in mind that local attractions, dining options, lodging, and entertainment options will differ by venue, as will costs and expenses. As you think about how to plan a corporate retreat or all-hands-on-deck meeting, be sure to take opportunity costs into account as well as actual hard financial figures. Moreover, you may also wish to consider factors such as eco-friendliness, distance, availability of transportation, and other variables as you plot out your strategy.

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. New Orleans, LA
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Nashville, TN
  10. Phoenix, AZ
  11. Houston, TX
  12. Miami, FL
  13. Washington D.C.
  14. Boston, MA
  15. Seattle, WA
  16. San Antonio, TX
  17. Denver, CO
  18. Philadelphia, PA
  19. Los Angeles, CA
  20. Anaheim, CA
  21. Indianapolis, IN
  22. Charlotte, NC
  23. Austin, TX
  24. Portland, OR
  25. Nashville, TN
  26. Salt Lake City, UT
  27. San Jose, CA
  28. Columbus, OH
  29. Minneapolis, MN
  30. Pittsburgh, PA
  31. St. Louis, MO
  32. Tampa, FL
  33. Cincinnati, OH
  34. Kansas City, MO
  35. Raleigh, NC
  36. Louisville, KY
  37. Memphis, TN
  38. New York City, NY
  39. Baltimore, MD
  40. Detroit, MI
  41. Oklahoma City, OK
  42. Richmond, VA
  43. Sacramento, CA
  44. Buffalo, NY
  45. Charleston, SC
  46. Albuquerque, NM
  47. Jacksonville, FL
  48. Providence, RI
  49. Rochester, NY
  50. Harrisburg, PA


Being keynote speakers and future trends experts, we’re often asked to give key note speeches, breakouts, workshops, seminars, and training classes at these locales. Need a futurist or virtual speaking presenter to jazz up your next board meeting or leadership conference? Don’t hesitate to give us a shout!