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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 16 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 Gatos, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting the airport in the sky a number of times whilst I was volunteering on the island, and I'd love to get the opportunity to go again. The food is wonderful, being a vegetarian I was sad not to be able to try some of the incredible sounding burgers, but the veggie options are more... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were there as part of a tour so only had 20 minutes. I would have liked more time there. It is well worth the trip to the top of the island.

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Saw the airport on the Skyline bus tour, nice nature center, tile map of Catalina. Gift Shop very good. They make large moist cookies that are worth the stop! Bonus: A little Catalina Fox hangs out in the back of the building and you can see him- don't go close up (15 ft away) and DO NOT feed. Airport on... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

we took the Inland Island Adventure with Charles and had a great time. He was very informative filling us in on all the details of the island history, as well as the information about the wildlife. We saw a few bison and then stopped at the Airport in the Sky. Watched a few small planes take off and land...looked like... More

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Buena Park, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

You can feel the history as you're on top of the island and it's just a sense that's hard to describe. If you can, visit! Have a beer, do some shopping, take in the view, enjoy!

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Tucson
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Though very cliche in the pilot world..."you must try the buffalo burger there". Well, as a pilot and a cliche enthusiast I highly recommend this burger. I flew in here with another pilot, and I must say, the buffalo burger (though cliche) is awesome! Could be one of the best burgers I have ever had, (Red Mill Seattle currently holds... More

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