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Airport in the Sky

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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
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Description: The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the...
The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Catalina Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. It's a great destination by tour or shuttle bus, bicycle, on foot whether hiking the Trans Catalina Trail or walking over from Black Jack, or of course, via private or chartered small plane. Its single 3,250-foot-long runway was constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps.The image is of a T-34 Beechcraft that flew in to participate in one of the Airport in the Sky's monthly Aeroclub Fly-In Days.
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End of the Line on the Sky Line Tour

The Airport in the Sky is at the end of the Skyline Drive Tour. Great drive to get out there, some nice overlooks of the harbor and Catalina Island. There is food available at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Apple Valley, California
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Apple Valley, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Airport in the Sky is at the end of the Skyline Drive Tour. Great drive to get out there, some nice overlooks of the harbor and Catalina Island. There is food available at the airport, a little expensive but not bad. I picked up some buffalo jerky for the trip back. It’s worth the trip.

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Blackpool, England
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Took a tour to the Airport in the sky - quite a hairy drive! Worth the views though. Had a great cookie and coffee in the café up there.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Can't wait to go back as I don't think I will find the equal on the mainland. The buffalo burger was so delicious and the staff very accommodating.

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Not much to see other than the runway and a restaurant. We hooked up with a service that provides bike rentals to the airport. He drops you off there and you bike down to the harbor. The beginning has a couple of steep hills but most of the trip was downhill. You pick your own pace and stop as much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

The ride up was scary since i am afraid of heights. But the view was awesome, and the giftshop was very nice. The only bummer was that they were out of the bison jerky i wanted to try.

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Glendora, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Airport in the Sky was a stop in a tour that we took. We had lunch there -- tri-tip sandwich and chocolate chip cookies. I think it was one of the most delicious foods that we had on the island, considering its price.

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Diamond Bar, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

While taking a tour of the backside of Catalina Island and to see the buffalo, we ended up at the airport on top of the mountain. It was a very small landing strip. So small that if you don't land just right you could run off the cliff. Just a couple hundred feet, if that. In addition to the small... More 

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Mantua, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It was adorable, but just a cute little airport inland. We had lunch there and it was good. The views were great thought. I don't think I would have gone if it wasn't part of the tour, glad I got to see it.

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Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The Airport in the Sky is a spectacular piece of living Catalina history. Many aviation milestones happened here. Today it is an obligatory stop on any interior trip, and one worth the time. Food is excellent (you must have one of their home-baked cookies and some bison jerky). A sweet and varied store, great outside sitting, and a nature center... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It's a $100 hamburger run if you're a pilot-- decent burgers, great cookies, and a beautiful flight over the water. If you're coming up from the town, it's a nice hike and a good way to appreciate the island's interior. Unfortunately, it's expensive to get to either way-- shuttle bus from town is over $20, aircraft are charged a $25... More 

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Address: Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon

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