TRAVEL INFORMATION
Traveling to Outward Bound

 Arrival Time and Location

Location: Duluth International Airport

Time: No later than 1:00 PM

If you cannot find a flight that arrives in Duluth by 1:00 PM on your course start day you will need to arrive the night before and stay in Duluth. Please see the Pre & Post Course Accommodations Tab for information about hotels in Duluth. If you arrive the night before, you will still meet the group at the airport by 1:00 PM on your course start day. 

Outward Bound staff will meet students in the baggage claim area when their flight arrives. If you are arriving by car, instructors will meet you just outside the front door of the airport. The Duluth airport is very small, so our staff will be easy to find. 

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: 651-728-2641 

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 plan with you.

Participants may travel to/from the course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation; however, personal vehicle travel is encouraged. We want those choosing to fly to be aware of our expectations surrounding commercial travel: 

  • It is important for you to note if a student tests positive for COVID19 on their course, someone must arrive at our basecamp to drive the student away. 
  • Due to the nature of COVID-19, we highly recommend against purchasing any non-refundable travel. Make sure you verify cancellation or change fees with the airline before you purchase your ticket. In the event that your course changes due to COVID-19 the Voyageur Outward Bound School is not responsible for any non-refundable travel. Please plan accordingly. 
  • In the event that the Duluth airport or another airport en route to your final destination shuts down or airlines shut down, students must have an alternative plan for accommodations and/or travel at that point in time. We will ask you to submit a complete backup plan prior to your course start. 

 

When booking your flight, and while traveling, we expect you to do the following:

  • Minimize layovers and time of layovers
  • Verify that layover airports are requiring masks
  • Avoid eating and drinking in restaurants
  • Continue to physically distance
  • Wash and sanitize your hands often
  • Bring wipes to wipe down surfaces around your seat on the plane

If you are driving to your course start, check out this fun video our staff made about ways to stay safe on the way here: Traveling to Outward Bound

 CLOTHING/DRESS ON ARRIVAL DAY – 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.

If you experience delays or cancellations on arrival day, please contact the Travel Coordinator at: (651) 292-1062  

Traveling Home

Students will be transported back to Duluth, Minnesota at the end of their course.  If you are picking up your student you can meet them at the Duluth International Airport between 11 AM and 12 PM.  

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.

Participants may travel from course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation; however, personal vehicle travel is encouraged. We want those choosing to fly to be aware of our expectations surrounding commercial travel: 

  • It is important for you to note If a student tests positive for COVID19 on their course, someone must arrive at our basecamp 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. In the event that your course changes due to COVID19 the Voyageur Outward Bound School is not responsible for any non-refundable travel please plan accordingly.
  • In the event that the Duluth airport or another airport en 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.

 

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.   

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