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Airport in the Sky

1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.0143
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

views, views, also saw bison, and the airport itself is great saw a DC 3 takeoff all visitors should at least take this tour, when you reach the top besides the views and watching the planes land or take off the best cookies ever for $2.50 each.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a great stop if you are backpacking. We hit it a little early so had breakfast. You can skip making coffee and cooking breakfast at the campsite and go straight here - it's just a two mile, but one hour backpack trek. Heard the Bison Burgers were great but too early for lunch. We did buy sandwiches to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went to the airport on a jeep tour and the guide suggested buying a homemade cookie. The cookies served at this airport are sooooooo good! If you go up there, you have to buy a cookie!

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Malibu, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you are in a hurry to get to Catalina or the Mainland, head to the airport for a 10 minute hop. The airport is on a plateau and it makes for an exciting landing or take-off. Very nice scenic spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved our Bison Burger and fries we purchased during our 3 Hour Jeep Eco-Tour :) also the history to walk around and see was nice :) They also have a little store to get goodies too (We bought a Fox Ornament and coffee cup that had a fox on it)

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

took the shuttle up - fun ride ate at the airport food was well prepared great cookies bison burger and veggie tacos Fun place to adventure when visiting Catalina

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We hiked up to Airport in the Sky (10 miles, up a very steep road, but you can take a bus as well) and met up with some bison right by the side of the road on our way. Very well worth the trip! Lots of old Catalina photos, good shopping, and a fun atmosphere. Great views from the windows,... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Arrival by air at the mountain top is breathtaking. Short but safe landing strip. Many fly over from the mainland for a scenic lunch. Renowned for their cookies and buffalo burgers. Catalina-centric gift shop. Accessible by road. Tram tours from Avalon provide a very pleasant drive. If you look close you might see buffalo roaming near the roadway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Airport in the Sky was a fun stop during our tour of the island. We stopped for lunch, their amazing cookies, and a souvenir. They're planning to build a museum, and have just acquired the plan that Mr. Wrigley used to fly to the island. Great views from the airport given it's location and elevation. GREAT STOP!

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Chico, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stopped here on our tour for lunch. Just another tourist trap, trying to get you to buy their stuff and their food.

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