2020 CRC Symposium Travel Guide

The 2020 CRC Symposium is sure to keep you busy, provide valuable education, and great networking opportunities, but make sure you leave some time to enjoy the Big Easy. When you first think of New Orleans, you likely think of taking a stroll down Bourbon Street. So yes, go to Bourbon Street and soak it all in but don’t forget about these alternatives in the area that are real crowd pleasers.

  1. Magazine Street
    This historic street features six miles of eclectic shops, restaurants, spas, and salons. If you have an interest in purchasing art or antiques, make a stop by Magazine Street.
  2. Jackson Square/St. Louis Cathedral
    Jackson Square, located in the corner of the French Quarter, is a National Historic Landmark that features a bronze statue of Andrew Jackson. Local artists also display their work for sale along the square’s iron fence. Overlooking the square is St. Louis Cathedral, the country’s oldest continuously active cathedral. The cathedral holds a daily mass and is open for guided and self-guided tours.
  3. Frenchmen Street
    For live music and eats, head over to Frenchmen Street. This street is lined with clubs featuring musicians performing jazz, blues, reggae, and more. You might even catch a performance out on the street.
  4. Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Mardi Gras floats at this operating workshop that runs several tours throughout the day, seven days a week. A visit offers plenty of photo opportunities with Mardi Gras floats, sculptures, and costumes.
  5. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
    Visit the country’s largest museum dedicated to insects. Explore the various exhibits and attractions, including one in which you can watch professional chefs incorporate insects into their dishes, which you can sample. And don’t forget to visit the Butterfly Garden, where you can interact with hundreds of live butterflies.
  6. The National WWII Museum
    This museum is dedicated to the United States’ contribution to the Allied Victory in World War II, from the industrial efforts on the home front—for example, Higgin boats used on D-Day were designed, tested, and built in New Orleans—to the experiences of American servicemembers abroad.  
  7. Riverboat tours
    Catch one of the regularly scheduled boat tours on the Mississippi River. Depending on the time, you may be able to book a tour with live jazz music, a meal, and cocktails. For more information, check out the Steamboat Natchez or the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen.
  8. Carriage tour of the French Quarter and Marigny
    Tour the historic French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods up close and learn about the area’s history, culture, and architecture.

Getting from place-to-place in New Orleans

So, you’re coming to the 2020 CRC Symposium and you know what activities you’re going to do. Now you need to figure out your transportation. First, you’ll likely need to get from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, the location of the symposium. Then, depending on your choice of activities, you’ll need to get around town. 

Below we’ve put together a few transportation options. While we don’t provide attendees with transportation to and from the conference, we did want to provide a resource to help you find the options in one place.

Taxi services
The estimated fare from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Sheraton New Orleans is approximately $36 (one way). There is a dedicated taxi loading zone outside of the Level 1 baggage claim.

Airport shuttles
While the hotel does not provide a free shuttle to guests, the concierge can arrange alternate transportation services upon request.

Ride Share
Uber and Lyft ride sharing also provide service to and from the airport. If you use a ridesharing app, the pick-up location can be found on Level 1, outside of the baggage claim between doors 9 and 11.

This environmentally friendly option for shorter trips employs drivers licensed by the city. Prices are subject to change but the pedicabs are typically $5 for the first six blocks of travel and an additional $1 per person per block after that.

For those of you who live locally or are driving from the airport, make sure to use the address 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130.

If you are interested in a rental car, take the rental car shuttle located in front of the long-term parking garage, when exiting the terminal from the Level 1 baggage claim. The shuttle departs every five minutes and will take you to the MSY Rental Car Center, where nine rental car companies operate.

The Sheraton New Orleans features four complimentary electric care charging stations. Otherwise, valet parking is $46/day. Valet parking in the garage overnight is $46/day plus tax. Oversized vehicle parking is $55/day plus tax.