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Getting to New Orleans
New Orleans is located on the north-central portion of the Gulf of Mexico coast. It is called the "Crescent City" because it is situated within a crescent-shaped bend in the Mississippi River, some 90 miles northwest of the river's delta. The city is bounded to the north by Lake Pontchartrain, a large brackish water extension of the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans may be reached by car, bus, and air. Directions to the conference hotel, the New Orleans Marriott (555 Canal Street) are found here.
Travel by Air
New Orleans is served by Louis Armstrong International Airport. This is an International Airport with direct flights to many major US cities. Airport shuttles and taxi transportation (ca. $24 to $35) is available from the airport. Click here to book your travel with Airport Shuttle. The New Orleans Marriott does not provide shuttle service.
Travel by Car
The major highways by which New Orleans may be reached are I-10 (which runs from Los Angeles to Jacksonville), I-55 (which runs from just outside of New Orleans to Chicago), and I-59 (which runs from just outside of New Orleans to Chattanooga). By car, New Orleans is approximately 3 hours from Jackson, MS, 5.5 hours from Birmingham, 6 hours from Houston, 8 hours from Atlanta or Little Rock, and 10 hours from Dallas.
Travel by Train or Bus
New Orleans has a combined Amtrak Train / Greyhound Bus Terminal located at 1001 Loyola Avenue downtown, a short streetcar ride from the conference hotel on Canal Street. In terms of trains, New Orleans is served by the famous “City of New Orleans” from Chicago, the “Crescent” from New York City, and the “Sunset Limited” from Los Angeles.