Traveling to Outward Bound

Please arrive to the Duluth International Airport by 1:00 PM 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.

  • If you are arriving by plane or shuttle, we will be waiting for you outside of security when you arrive.
  • If you are arriving by car, please arrive to the baggage claim area between 11:00 and 11:30 AM (at the latest, you must arrive by 1:00 PM). If you don’t see any OB staff, just wait a minute; we walk through periodically to pick-up new arrivals. Short and long-term parking are available in a secure pay lot.
  • If you are staying in a nearby hotel before your course, please make your way to the airport between 11:00 and 11:30 AM (at the latest, you must arrive by 1:00 PM).  If you are staying at the Econo Lodge and have arranged a pick-up with us, please be ready and waiting in the hotel lobby at 10:30 AM. We will pick you up between 10:30 – 11:15 AM. See below for nearby hotel options.

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 or cancellations on arrival day, please contact our Travel Coordinator at: (218) 491-6799

With so many people traveling on the same day, we anticipate some hiccups. If your arrival is delayed, don’t worry too much. Contact our Travel Coordinator and we will do our best to coordinate an alternative pick-up with you.

Traveling Home

Outward Bound will transport you back to the Duluth International Airport on the last day of the course, arriving around 11:30 AM. To ensure adequate time to check in and navigate security, please do not book any flights departing before 12:00 PM.

  • If you are departing by plane or shuttle, we will ensure that you make your flight or bus
  • If you weren’t able to pre-pay for your return-baggage, please bring a credit card or $25 (in exact change) to check your bag on your return flight.
  • If you are departing by car, you can access your car in the airport pay-lot or ask your pick-up to meet you near the departure check-in gates any time after 11:30 AM.
  • If you are staying in a nearby hotel after your course, and have arranged a drop-off with us, we will ensure you arrive at your hotel.
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 COURSE START DAY (DAY 1) – Please arrive at the meeting place already dressed in your expedition clothes. Your boots or tennis shoes, wool socks, quick-dry pants, underwear, t-shirt and warmer long-sleeved layer (accessible) 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

If you stay at the Econo Lodge, we’d be happy to pick you up in the morning on the first day of your course; please indicate you would like pick-up when you complete the travel form provided upon approval.  Otherwise, please use the free airport shuttle provided by the Country Inn and La Quinta; you should schedule your airport shuttle when making your hotel reservation.