Regionals and Nationals are great places for new bridge players to play!
Seriously, newer bridge players are treated like royalty at the bigger tournaments. They usually have gifts and S.W.A.G. to give out. There are celebrity speakers every day. You get your own events and your own partnership desk. The Novice/Intermediate games at the NABCs are just about the only games that have trophies!
Imagine a ballroom full of players who are your peers, with lots of big games to choose from. The masterpoint awards are bigger, and these are the only place to get the coveted RED and GOLD masterpoints that you'll need to become a Life Master.
Nearly all tournaments have a tournament flier that features the events scheduled for play. The flier for the LA Holiday Regional is at this link. I'll help decipher some of the shorthand below.