Hotel and travel for Long Beach

Providing the most up-to-date information to make your travel and onsite experience the best possible.
Long Beach California skyline during SPIE Smart Structures + NDE

Welcome to Long Beach - waterfront fun

Satisfy your inner urbanite at downtown Long Beach’s vibrant waterfront scene. From eclectic neighborhoods to sandy beaches, you’ll find Long Beach to be an urban waterside playground. Visit museums, tour a 1930s ocean liner, and watch sea lions at Long Beach’s aquarium.  Spot dolphins at play on your way to Catalina Island. Or take a short jaunt to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, or other Southern California attractions.

You will find tips for traveling to and around the city, as well as the 'Travel to the United States' section below for specific requirements.

Hilton Long Beach Hotel

This is the conference hotel for Smart Structures 2022. This contemporary hotel is the perfect setting for business or pleasure and is located in the heart of Long Beach.

The Hilton Long Beach Hotel offers full amenities: restaurant, fitness center, and swimming pool.

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Hilton Long Beach California

Travel to the United States


Effective 8 November, 2021 vaccines will be required for non-US citizens coming into the United States. Visit the CDC for a list of accepted vaccinations.

As an international traveler to a US-based SPIE event, you should check:

US travel restrictions: Look for current restrictions on entering the US from different regions. Visit the CDC for updated information 

Visa requirements: Depending on your country of departure, you may need to apply for a National Interest Exception for travel to the U.S. 

Your country of departure's restrictions and quarantine requirements: Your country may have its own vaccination or testing policies for departure or return. Check your local government agencies for any vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements.

Your airline carrier's policies: Check with your airline to make sure you understand their policies and requirements.

SPIE health and safety information: Size and location of the event can dictate different requirements for participation. Please check the event health and safety page for details.

Travel to Long Beach

Check out the information below for:

  • airport travel
  • shuttle service
  • public transit services
  • taxi, Uber, or Lyft
  • tourist attractions
  • Explore Long Beach

    Visa information

    Long Beach California skyline

    Transportation information


    Airport information


    Transportation from the airport 

    Transportation from the Airport to the Hilton Long Beach Hotel

    Taxi service:
    • Long Beach Airport - approximately $35
    • Los Angeles International Airport - approximately $65
    • John Wayne/Orange County Airport - approximately $65
    Uber or Lyft: 
    • Long Beach Airport - approximately $20-30
    • Los Angeles International Airport - approximately $30-50
    • John Wayne/Orange County Airport - approximately $50-85


    Shuttles and public transportation

    Below are great Long Beach public transportation options to get to and from the airport or explore the city during your stay. 

    • Metro – rail and bus, $1.75 for 2 hours of unlimited transfers in one direction.

    Car rental 

    Hertz Car Rental 
    Hertz is the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a SPIE Smart Structures + NDE conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 022Q9634. Discount rates apply for roundtrip rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. (Some one-way rentals qualify for the discount rates based on their pick-up and drop-off locations. Vehicles rented in Northern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Northern California and vehicles rented in Southern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Southern California).

    Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV022Q9634.

    Contact Hertz:
     • In the United States call 1-800-654-2240
     • In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto
     • In Europe and Asia call a Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent
     • Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434

    Things to do  

    When visiting in Long Beach you just can't avoid experiencing the waterfront. The main drag is Ocean Boulevard which runs right along the shoreline, offering 5.5 miles of beaches to explore.

    Here you can experience it all: a deep-sea adventure, whale watching, shopping in one of the city’s many unique districts, a tour of coastal breweries, a vibrant foodie scene, and so much more.  There is always somewhere worth exploring in this seaside city and surrounding area — whether driving, biking, boating, or walking.

    • Explore Catalina Island
    • Visit the many beaches
    • Cruise the harbor
    • Find fun at El  Dorado Park
    • Tour local architecture
    • Experience the Aquarium of the Pacific
    • Check out the Long Beach Museum of Art

    See a full list of things to do in Long Beach