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Airport in the Sky

1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.0143
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Ranked #6 of 15 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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SoCal
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Located about 35 minutes from Avalon, this is worth a trip. The food is good, the cookies great, and you get a wonderful sense of Catalina's interior. A bird feeder or two would be nice, but that's quibbling. Friendly staff and a nice little gift shop with some different kinds of items. Did I say the cookies were great? They're... More

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Claremont, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We took the bus tour and really enjoyed the scenery on the way to airport. The airport is nothing special but we did see the bison on the way back.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I love coming to Catalina Island. Flying in makes it that much better. The airport itself is so unique and has plenty of history. Plus, that $100 burger becomes a buffalo burger here! Take a ride into Avalon and enjoy the city before having to fly home. Worth the trip, again and again.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We landed at the airport in the sky after a cruse around the island, it was beautiful. We went up to the tower and met some great people, George the airport manager and Richie, well what can I say Richie is Richie. He is always smiling and happy. He treated us like famaly with tips where to stay and eat.... More

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We took the Wildlands Express up to the airport, did the 3 mile loop hike around the airport and then ate a buffalo burger - one of the best I've ever had - before we headed back to Avalon. Great 3 hour trip to see a bit more of the island (and some buffalo), without taking a more formal tour.

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Burlington Flats, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Went on a van tour as part of a package, and met at the ferry terminal. Guide was very knowledgeable, and had lots of tales to tell. He also was very experienced on the narrow and winding roads of Santa Catalina Island. Once at the airport, there is a restaurant, and small garden/eco area to see. Good intro to the... More

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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

As a pilot I have had the chance to fly to many small airports in private airplanes, and Catalina is one of them. This airport sits atop the edge of a cliff at one of the highest points on the island, flanked by cliffs on either side and a dirt strip used to land an old DC-3 flying cargo in... More

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Upland, California, United States
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124 reviews 124 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Carved off the top of a mountain by Wrigley of chewing gum fame. Sports some nice historical pictures of aviation history. Can walk into the inland bush directly off the runway. Easy transportation into town. $26 per person round trip. Very scenic and perhaps scary with the hairpin turns. You may well come upon a buffalo, too. Landing fees have... More

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Chico, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Fun to have a bite to eat and watch the small planes land and take-off. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I have been on this tour several times, and each time had a different driver, and each time learned something new. Although my girlfriend had spent several summers here with her family as a child, she'd never been out of Avalon proper, except to Descanso Beach, so she was soaking in all of the beauty that this tour has to... More

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