About Us

 The Duluth Experience is a full-service tour and sightseeing company headquartered in Duluth, MN and servicing the Lake Superior Region. Developed over a few pints of locally crafted beer, the vision for The Duluth Experience revolves around a deep sense of place, an appreciation for local business, and pride for our region’s past, present, and future. Our team has a passion for creative storytelling and and a thirst for excellence, innovation, and education. Our sense of service makes us ideal ambassadors for the region.

Are you interested in joining our Team? Check out our current job openings and apply today!

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Dave Grandmaison The Duluth Experience

Dave Grandmaison

Co-Owner, CEO, Cycling & Brewery Tour Guide
Dave is a 4th generation Duluthian - and proud of it. After finishing high school in Duluth, Dave attended St. John’s University where he earned a B.A. in Natural Science and began his love affair with home brewing. After graduating, Dave drove his pickup to Alaska, eventually arriving in Juneau where he worked as a guide for an Alaskan tour company. After a summer in Alaska, Dave returned to the lower 48 and worked as a seasonal wildlife biologist for three years before heading back to Duluth to attend graduate school at UMD. Dave earned a M.S. in Biology, moved to Arizona, and spent 8 years coordinating wildlife research studies as a Senior Project Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. In 2012, Dave returned to Duluth to help start The Duluth Experience.
Dave holds current certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and American Heart Association CPR.
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    Kris McNeal The Duluth Experience

    Kris McNeal

    Co-Owner, Chief Operations Officer, Brewery Tour, Cycling & Kayak Adventure Guide
    Kris's passion for adventure manifested at an early age. As a child his parents took him and his brother camping on Lake Superior's North Shore, on adventures around the U.S. and abroad. At 16, Kris and his brother embarked on a roadtrip adventure that took them to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. From that point on Kris was hooked on outdoor travel & adventure. Kris moved to Duluth in 2004 and started college at the UMD where he earned degrees in Life Science & Outdoor Education. During this time, Kris worked as a kayak instructor and guide for the UMD Outdoors Program. Now he's joined The Duluth Experience to pass along his passion for Duluth and outdoor adventure. Check out Kris' travel adventure film Big Water Bike which premiered in October 2014.
    Kris holds current certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and Red Cross CPR.
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      Kyle Chisholm The Duluth Experience

      Kyle Chisholm

      History Tour Program Coordinator, History Tour Guide, Blogger
      Kyle was born in New England and grew up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before moving to Duluth in 1994. Kyle is a graduate of Duluth Central High School and a two time grad of UMD where he earned a B.A. in History and a B.A.A in Teaching Social Studies. Kyle holds a Minnesota teaching license and has worked for local historic institutions such as the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and Glensheen Mansion. After graduating from UMD in 2013, Kyle moved to Seattle, WA where he worked for Pearson Education and Sylvan Learning Center of Bellevue. In June of 2014, Kyle returned to Duluth where he returned to work at Glensheen Mansion and started as a History Tour guide for The Duluth Experience. Kyle continues to work for Pearson (remotely) and Sylvan of Duluth.
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      Chad Gallagher The Duluth Experience

      Chad Gallagher

      Adventure Tour Program Coordinator, Kayak, Cycling & Brewery Tour Guide
      Chad grew up in Minneapolis and spent his summers, like many Minnesotans, “at the cabin”. As a young man Chad enjoyed fishing, boating, and running. In 2008, he joined the Army where he rediscovered a passion for adventure, the outdoors, and education. After leaving the Army, he attended Vermilion Community College where he completed the Outdoor Leadership Program. Chad is now pursuing a bachelors in Outdoor Education at UMD. In the last few years, he has developed a real love for paddling, hiking, and running. And yes, like most of the other employees here, he has a deep appreciation for good beer.
      Chad holds current certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, EMT, and Red Cross Provider Level CPR.
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        Nick Schutz The Duluth Experience

        Nick Schutz

        History & Brewery Tour Guide
        Nick's fascination with Duluth's natural history started at an early age, when he explored Duluth's unique geology and topography. After relocating to Duluth in 2005, Nick began an in-depth study of the connection between the Great Lakes waterway and early settlement by Native American and European populations. His interest in the region's history was borne out of a deep admiration for the area, the lake, and its people. Nick is eager to continue to dig deeper into these subjects and share the resources and information he compiles with The Duluth Experience's guests. Nick is an accomplished marathon runner and a wicked good disc golfer.
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        Bud Trnka The Duluth Experience

        Bud Trnka

        Brewery Tour Guide
        Bud is a Duluth native - and proud of it! Like many young Duluthians, Bud left town shortly after graduating from high school in 2000 and moved out west to participate in the Americorps program in Sacramento, California. Bud traveled the west coast for a number of years and worked on a variety of civil service projects before moving back to Minnesota to study Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Following his dreams, Bud went on to help organize a bunch of running events around the country... but his home was always Duluth. Now he's back to help introduce folks to the local craft beer scene. Bud has over 13 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has a deep love for craft beer and good whiskey. In his free time, Bud enjoys biking and hiking with his dog Blizzard.
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        Dennis Arras The Duluth Experience

        Dennis Arras

        Driver
        Dennis spends his winters in Florida and drives for The Duluth Experience History Tours during the summer. But don't let the title "Driver" fool you... Dennis is a wealth of Duluth history knowledge and has many a story to tell during the tour. He and his wife Kay are long-time friends of Dave's parents and he always makes sure to drop off plenty of Bent Paddle beer when he visits... pretty much the ideal Team Member!
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        Chase Bouman Duluth Experience Brewery Tour Guide

        Chase Bouman

        Brewery Tour Guide
        Chase grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and moved to Superior in 2013. Having studied the art and science of home brewing in Michigan and eager to learn more about brewing, Chase quickly connected with Duluth's Northern Ale Stars Homebrewer's Guild. As Minnesota's oldest homebrew club, the "Ale Stars" have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in its membership and history. Chase threw himself into the local brewing scene - earning his BJCP certification as a beer judge and entering local homebrew competitions whenever possible, and making a lot of friends in the professional brewing scene here in Duluth along the way! A chemical engineer by trade, Chase has a passion for the process of brewing. When he isn't homebrewing, Chase is fishing, foraging, or sitting in a tree stand.
        Chase is a certified beer judge under the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).
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