Traveling to Outward Bound

Please arrive to the Duluth International Airport by 11:00 AM on the first day of the course. You will meet our staff in the baggage claim area. Look for Outward Bound representatives with Outward Bound signs.  Our staff will walk you to a reserved conference room for getting everyone checked in.

Please eat lunch and make any final phone calls before arriving at the airport. Expect to be at the airport until your whole group has arrived, at which time we will transport you an additional 2-3 hours to your course-start location.

If you experience delays on arrival day, please contact our Travel Coordinator at: (218) 491-6799

Traveling Home

Students will be transported back to Duluth, Minnesota at the end of their course.  Parents can plan on meeting their students in Duluth at a TBD location between 11 AM and 12 PM.  More specific details will be provided during the course.

We are lifting the requirement that students must use private transportation at the end of their course.  While we recognize this is likely great news for some of you, we want those choosing this option to be aware of expectations surrounding commercial travel home:

  • If a student tests positive on their course, someone must arrive to our basecamp within 48 hours to drive the student away. In cases where the student has driven themselves, if they are able they may self-transport away from the basecamp.
  • Outward Bound is unable to support any COVID-19 testing that may be required by an airline. We recommend you verify the procedures and policies surrounding this with airlines directly and also verify with your state health guidelines that a test is not required to re-enter the state. If a test is required, you will need to make arrangements for testing after the course is completed and will need to make a plan for accommodations in Duluth while you wait for results.
  • Due to the nature of COVID-19, we highly recommend against purchasing any non-refundable travel home until after the first two weeks of the student’s course.
  • In the event that the Duluth airport or another airport in route to their final destination shuts down or airlines shutdown, students must be picked up on their course end date or have an alternative plan for accommodations and/or travel at that point in time.

If you are choosing to book a flight home at the end of the course, please do not book any flights departing before 12:00 PM from the Duluth International Airport.

Important Information

MEALS AND MONEY ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAYS - Please bring a little cash for meals during your travel days.  Outward Bound will provide dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day, and some snacks on both of these days.  There are minimal food options once you exit the security gate at the airport so plan to get something before you arrive or before you exit security. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout travel days!

MEDICATIONS – If you take a prescription medication, please ensure that you have enough to complete the entire course, and bring a back-up set if possible. If you use an inhaler or carry an Epi-pen, please bring 2 sets.

Remember to pack your medications and other important items (contacts, glasses, travel documents, money) in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bag is delayed or lost.

CLOTHING/DRESS ON ARRIVAL DAY – Please arrive at the meeting place dressed in warm layers suitable to below zero temperatures. Boots or tennis shoes, wool socks, long-underwear, and comfortable/warm outer layers work best on the first day. Please see the provided packing list for further information about appropriate luggage, clothing and layering principles.

Pre & Post-Course Accommodations

If you are unable to arrive by 1:00 PM on the first day of the course, we advise that you arrive a day early. There are multiple hotel options in Duluth near the airport.  Below are some of our partner hotels that offer a discount for Outward Bound students.  You must call these hotels directly to ask for the Voyageur Outward Bound School discount.  

Econo Lodge: 4197 Haines Rd., Duluth (800) 922-0569
Minors welcome - arrange with hotel
No shuttle – must use local taxi service

Country Inn & Suites: 4257 Haines Rd, Duluth (218) 740-4500
Minors welcome – Ages 14 and 15 need prior approval from your course advisor
Free airport shuttle

La Quinta Inn: 1805 Maple Grove Road, Duluth; (218) 722-0700
Minors ages 16 and up welcome
Free airport shuttle