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Planning your trip to the conference

Ready to plan your trip to the conference? From special hotel rates to airport and train information, we have all the important details you’ll need.

About our host city

Best Friends will host this year’s national conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is a richly historical southern metropolis and an up-and-coming city, bursting with technological and environmental pride, drawing visitors from across the nation.


***PLEASE NOTE: The Sheraton and Residence Inn currently have availability.
We have secured additional discounted rooms and are working with the hotels to make those available to you. This page will be updated as soon as they are available, so keep an eye here for updates. (Updated 5/20/22)***

The Best Friends conference team currently has special hotel blocks reserved for our attendees’ lodging needs. Each hotel is located just a city block from the main entrance of the Raleigh Convention Center and offers an exclusive discounted rate and complimentary guestroom Wifi.

So that you don’t miss out on our discounted lodging rates, please reserve your room through the following links by the deadline stated below. If you make a reservation outside of our direct booking links, you will not receive the same discount as those who reserve a room from the room block. Please know that all hotel blocks can sell out anytime, and we cannot guarantee a discount once all hotel blocks are booked. 

Book your stay with exclusive conference rates

**Please see note under "Lodging" (above) about availability.**

Raleigh Marriott City Center

This sleek, modern hotel features an on-site restaurant, indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 55-inch flat-screen TVs and a hallway that connects directly to the Raleigh Convention Center, making accessing the conference quick and convenient.

  • Exclusive conference rate: $150 per night
  • Self-parking: $12 per night
  • Reserve your room by June 3

Reserve a Room at the Raleigh Marriott City Center

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

This classically styled yet stunning hotel offers a restaurant featuring classic southern comfort dishes and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Exclusive conference rate: $165 per night
  • Self-parking: $15 per night
  • Reserve your room by June 3

Reserve a Room at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

To reserve your room by phone, please call 1-800-325-3535 and reference the group code BN2.

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown

The Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Downtown is an all-suite hotel featuring kitchenette rooms, an on-site restaurant, a complimentary, hot American-style breakfast and a rooftop bar.

  • Exclusive conference rate: $164 per night
  • Self-parking: $12 per night
  • Reserve your room by June 13

Reserve a Room at the Residence Inn

To reserve your room by phone, please call 919-856-0017 and reference the group code BFM.

Traveling to the conference

Air travel

The Raleigh Convention Center is conveniently located 30 minutes away from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making flight and ground travel convenient.

We have negotiated discounts with multiple airlines for your travel to and from the event.

United Airlines

  • To fly United and save up to 10% off your fare, please use this link and login with your United username and password. Add ZM34277915 to the “promotions and certificates” box when booking a flight. You may also call United Meeting Reservation desk at 800-426-1122. Booking fees are waived for reservations made using this discount code. 
    • If you are not a United Mileage Plus Member you can create a free account to view/purchase tickets with the discount.

Delta Airlines 

  • Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for the Best Friends National Conference. Please click here to book your flights! You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 800-328-1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMVPH.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 800 number. 

Train travel

If you’re searching for a scenic and hassle-free trip to Raleigh from the South and mid-Atlantic region, Amtrak train service offers an enjoyable route, complete with breathtaking views of North Carolina. The local Amtrak station is just a half-mile away from downtown Raleigh and the convention center, making traveling to the conference convenient, affordable and memorable.

Vehicle travel

If you plan to drive to the conference, there are plenty of convenient public parking decks adjacent to or near the Raleigh Convention Center. Each parking deck offers ADA-accessible parking spaces.