Logistics and Transportation

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 begins with an optional field trip and lab tour. If you are attending these, you will be in either the morning or afternoon cruise group.

  • The morning cruise group meets at the boat dock (walking distance from the conference center) at 8:00 am.
    Blue Heron detailsand Location map and directions
  • The afternoon cruise group meets at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for pickup at 9:30 am.
    Closeup map of DECC
  • We will provide transportation via vans and rental cars between the DECC and the Large Lakes Observatory on Tuesday, June 19. If you have your own rental car, we will encourage you to share rides.

The workshop officially begins at 5:30 pm Tuesday, June 19, with a reception, dinner, and keynote talk at the Large Lakes Observatory
(LLO map and directions).

If you are not attending the optional field trips Tuesday afternoon, please make your plans so that you will be able to attend this opening session. We will conclude at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 20. Please plan to attend the full event.

On Wednesday, June 20, you will need to provide your own transportation to the LLO, and we encourage shared rides.

Travel by Air

We are not arranging ground or air transportation. It is your responsibility to get to the venue at the time the workshop starts.

Duluth International airport is about 15 minutes by car from downtown and the meeting venue. The airport is served by Delta, through Minneapolis and Detroit, and United, through Chicago. Duluth can also be reached from Minneapolis-St. Paul or the MSP airport by bus or airport shuttle.

Travel by Car

By car, Duluth can be reached by I-35, and the Lake Avenue exit is the closest one to both the venue and hotels.

Conference hotels provide free parking for guests.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved for the main AMQUA conference at two hotels, both within easy walking distance of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Attendees should make their own hotel reservations and mention that the reservation is in the block reserved for the American Quaternary Association (we extended the block earlier, for participants of this workshop, so they are available starting on the 18th). Rooms will be released from the block reservation on May 21, 2012.
  • Holiday Inn & Suites
    200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
    218-722-1202 or 1-800-477-7089
    Standard double room, $119.00 per night. Complimentary continental breakfast, WI-FI, and shuttle to airport. Complimentary parking for hotel guests.
    The Holiday Inn is located in the heart of downtown Duluth and is a few blocks from the DECC, connected by the Skywalk system.
  • Inn on Lake Superior
    350 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
    Standard double room, $122.00 per night. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Complimentary parking for hotel guests.
    The Inn on Lake Superior is located in the historic Canal Park district of Duluth, adjacent to the harbor entrance and a few blocks from the DECC.
In addition to the conference hotels, there are many hotels within walking distance of the conference venue and the pickup location for the Blue Heron cruise. Type in 'Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Hotels' into Google Maps or any other mapping program, and you will see the variety. Examples:


We will be providing the following meals during the workshop:
  • Lunch on June 19 for field trip participants
  • Dinner on June 19
  • Coffee and tea on the morning of June 20
  • Lunch and break food and drinks during the workshop on June 20.
The price of these meals will be included in your workshop registration fee. Vegetarian options will be provided at all meals. If you have special dietary needs, please describe that on your registration form.