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Airport in the Sky

1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.0143
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Catalina Island...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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.

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Park City, Utah
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209 reviews 209 reviews
148 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

as we landed down a narrow strip of a quite bumpy runway on Catalina Island, having taken off 30 minutes before from McClellan-Palomar airport in Carlsbad. It is indeed an "Airport in the Sky". Wandered around the area, which has a cactus garden, a vintage bus, nice bathrooms, gift shop, and good hamburgers and french fries. Sat outside to eat... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Great views and bumps along the way by WWII bus and the ride was worth the bison burgers once we arrived. We also saw many bison along the way and a cute little baby Catalina fox at the airport.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I bought the tour to see the island and airport. The island is primarily a desert, and there was little life to be seen on the drive to the top. I saw a few buffalo, one close to the bus because of the water tank by the road. Despite the fantastic cookies, the trip was not worth the money.

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Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The ride there is lovely looking at the trees along the road and the mountain & ocean views. Saw one buffalo on the side which was fun to see. Once we arrived, very chilly at the airport, some cacti gardens and a plain little restaurant. Really serves as a functional airport and meets the needs of these clients. Ride up... More 

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Simi Valley, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We only stayed at the airport for 20 minutes, would have liked a longer stay but what we did see was fun, historic and beautiful. The oatmeal cookies were the best!

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

As the song from the 50's goes...Santa Catalina is the place for me. One of the best activity to do is the ride to the top of the island to visit the airport and all of the island on the way. You really can't understand the history of the island and the size except on the tour. Highly recommend it.

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Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We'd heard the cookies were good, but even better then we anticipated. Need to sell them in town. Reminded us of our hometown airport 30 years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a favorite day trip flight from San Diego. Love flying in here for a buffalo burger and a killer cookie. Enjoy the views from the back patio, or from the airport loop trail if you're up for some exercise. Added benefit, you'll probably see a bison along the trail.

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Petaluma, California
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Nice views from here. We came up as part of a tour. There was a nice gift shop and restaurant. I had a Mexican Caesar salad and it was really good. I enjoyed my giant cookie.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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