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Airport in the Sky

Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
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Ranked #5 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & 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, Sights & 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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San Anselmo, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Small general aviation airport. Visited as part of a tour, did not fly in or out of. Has a small restaurant and gift store. Show cases the areas cactus and allows for a good view.

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Brea, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

For an experience mountain-biker, the ride up to the airport and back is steep but provides gorgeous views. For an un-experienced cyclist, take the shuttle or another tour up to the airport. The road is very steep and bumpy, and the ride back is a white-knuckler (unless you enjoy that kind of ride on a regular basis.) There is a... More 

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Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

Without benefit of taking this ride, we would never have seen some of the beautiful vistas and the natural inhabitants of the island

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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The last stop for the Santa Catalina Island Inland Tour. There is not much to see. The gardens are nice and can pick up souvenirs.

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We took a bus tour to the top and the Airport in the Sky was the highlight. Super duper fun. They have a great gift shop and lots of yummy snacks. The history is amazing and it's a fun excursion if you have the time.

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Minnesota
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I had heard about the Airport in the Sky since I was a kid as my father is a small aircraft pilot. For me, the Airport in the Sky was well worth seeing, but I could easily see how it may be dull to others without that background. We were able to see multiple take-offs and landings. The best take-off... More 

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Council Bluffs, IA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

With the Avalon heliport fogged in, we were forced to land at the Airport in the Sky and shuttle down to town. Quaint little gift shop, fresh baked cookes and a nice outdoor patio with a view! The ride to Avalon is bumpy with lots of curves, but fun to see the buffalo along the way and the view of... More 

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Rancho Belago,Ca
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Informative and exciting ride up to airport. Driver very informative and funny. View exquisite. Some of party went up into observation tower.

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Park City, Utah
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75 helpful votes 75 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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