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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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Bit of a hairy drive

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Blackpool, England
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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La Puente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

If you are backpacking through Catalina, this is a good place to have breakfast on day 2 of the hike. It's only 2 easy miles from Black Jack Campground.

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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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