Local Arrangements and Information

The Local Arrangements Committee welcomes you to Phoenix, Arizona!

Welcome to the Grand Canyon State and the Sonoran Desert! Phoenix and the Phoenix Metro Area offers you a unique experience and environment for your conference and for exploration!

Note: This article will be updated as the conference approaches. Check back for new information!

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Transportation | Weather | Restaurants & Pubs | Local Libraries


Valley Metro

If you're arriving by plane, you'll likely fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is only 10-15 minutes away from the conference hotel. The Sheraton Grand Phoenix sits in downtown Phoenix and, while they do not offer shuttle service to and from the airport, you have multiple options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

Public Transit

Light rail service is available from the airport to 3rd Street and Washington. From there it's a 5 - 10 minute walk from the train station to the hotel.

  • Public transit - airport to hotel
  • Public transit - hotel to airport
  • Phoenix Valley Metro is an accessible system for those with disabilities. For more information call 602-253-5000 or TTY 602-251-2039
  • Valley Metro bus Route 13 stops at Terminal 2.
  • Bus Route 44 connects with the Airport at the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station. The free PHX Sky Train runs regularly and is only minutes away from Sky Harbor terminals.
  • The 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station is a direct connection to Valley Metro Rail, which offers access into Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.
  • Download the full Metro Transit Book

Bike and Scooter Sharing

Look around, and you'll likely see people riding electric scooters or getting around on green coloured bicycles. Phoenix has bike sharing services through Grid Bike Share and electric scooter sharing services via Byrd, Lime, and Razor. Prices vary, so check out the apps below for your mobile device.

Be safe, wear a helmet!

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Be Weather Aware!

Phoenix can be hot during early May. In 2018, temperatures rose to over 100 F (38 C) by May 5th. If you're not used to the hot, dry desert weather, make sure you pack accordingly. Sunburn and heat exhaustion can put a serious damper on your conference, so check the weather before you travel!

Additionally, indoor venues tend to compensate for the heat by cranking up the air conditioning. So indoor conference rooms can be chilly while the sun beats down on the sidewalks outside. Be aware that you may experience a radical temperature shift when you walk outside.

Ideas for packing

You may want to bring:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • A hat with a wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • A water bottle

Keep yourself hydrated, especially if you're going to enjoy the beautiful Phoenix outdoors!


Restaurants & Pubs

Downtown Phoenix is home to dozens of unique and excellent restaurants, pubs, and microbreweries! There are several choices to be had near the hotel. Or, if you're willing to spend some time in a taxi or ride-share, you can find even more in nearby Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale.

Burton Barr Central Library

Local Libraries

Phoenix is home to the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The Valley of the Sun supports a county wide library system along with several city library systems. The closest library system to the conference is Phoenix Public Library and their fantastic Burton Barr Central Library.

Other Phoenix area public libraries include:

Phoenix area academic libraries:

MCLD maintains a more complete list of Arizona libraries.

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