We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2019 NPM Annual Convention.
Hotel reservations should be made directly with the hotel. While many alternative accommodations may be available and popular in the area, we hope that you will choose the official convention hotels for your housing needs. The hotels work closely with NPM for both financial and logistical benefits, and you will find that networking and socializing are greatly simplified when staying at an official hotel.
Mobility Concepts will provide scooters and wheelchairs for rent on site. Scooters and wheelchairs should be reserved in advance by calling 919-612-5132 (7 am-9 pm only, please), or you can reserve a scooter or wheelchair on the Mobility Concepts website. You provide the date(s) that your scooter or wheelchair is needed, and the company will arrange to deliver to you. You may also e-mail Mobility Concepts with any additional questions or concerns.
We are making great strides in accessibility overall. The thought you might enjoy this when you have time to read it, posted this week “Accessible Raleigh, N.C.” article on the GRCVB’s website.
Shuttle Bus Service during the Convention
Some of the events at the convention will require the use of shuttle buses; the cost of the shuttle is already included in your registration fee.
If you will be using a mobility scooter or wheelchair that will not fold to be stored underneath the bus, or have other needs that may require assistance, please let the National Office know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2019.
Please do not assume we will have shuttles with lifts if you haven’t told us of your needs—we order the shuttles based upon the information we have.
Transportation: Traveling To Raleigh
Centrally located, Raleigh is located just two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains of North Carolina. Read more about "The Basics" from the Raleigh Official Visitors Guide.
Raleigh, N.C., is easy to get to by way of the interstate and state highway systems:
- I-440 circles the center of Wake County
- I-540 loops around the outer perimeter
- I-40 is the main interstate going east/west
- I-85 and I-95 pass within about 40 miles
There are multiple state routes to, through and around the county
Flying to Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C., is served by RDU International Airport, a world-class air travel facility. RDU is located along the western edge of Wake County, nearest to Morrisville, The Research Triangle Park and Cary: it is midway between downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham.
RDU’s two main terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) currently offer more than 400 daily arrivals and departures on nine major airlines and low-cost carriers, with more than 60 other airports connected by non-stop daily flights.
RDU International Airport, consistently ranked among the most efficient airports in North America, has been recently and thoroughly modernized. It provides the latest technology, dining, shopping and services to make your travel experience more convenient and enjoyable.
Trains to Raleigh
Newly-constructed Union Station provides service in downtown Raleigh. Amtrak trains run through downtown Raleigh and downtown Cary. Routes with local stops include The Carolinian (Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh to New York), The Piedmont (Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh) and The Silver Star (Florida to Raleigh to New York).
Downtown Light Rail
Catch a free ride around downtown Raleigh! The R-LINE is a free eco-friendly hybrid electric bus service that runs approximately every 15 minutes. It will connect you to restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, museums, hotels and parking facilities in downtown Raleigh. For details call 919.485.RIDE (7433) or visitraleighnc.gov/transit.
Buses to Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C., is accessible from outside the region via Greyhound bus service. Within the area, the GoRaleigh, GoCary (formerly C-Tran), R-LINE and Wolfline bus systems provide riders with an extensive network of local routes. The Research Triangle Region (Raleigh area, Durham and Chapel Hill) is served by the GoTriangle bus service.