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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
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Description: The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the...
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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Charming! Historic airport-SCENIC DRIVE & NATURE TRAILS! Take the Wildlands Express shuttle from Avalon

Take the "Wildlands Express"Shuttle-(Offered by the Catalina Island Conservancy) http://www.catalinaconservancy.org/ The "Wildlands Express" shuttle is a convenient and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Take the "Wildlands Express"Shuttle-(Offered by the Catalina Island Conservancy) http://www.catalinaconservancy.org/ The "Wildlands Express" shuttle is a convenient and inexpensive way to get to and from the world famous Airport in the Sky & beyond to "Two Harbors". See Catalina's beautiful interior wild lands and backroads. If you're lucky like me, you may spot Bison herds grazing in the countryside, Catalina... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A tour I was on stopped here for about 45 minutes. We had some delicious chili, bought a few souvenirs, and then spent time outside, looking at the plants and the scenery. It's a serene, bucolic place with a rich aviation history. Very enjoyable.

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Ferndale, California, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We stopped here as part of Conservancy tour. Great little shop and deli! There are some pictures and history stuff on the wall near the restrooms, but it is all faded. Hope they redo it soon. Pilots would appreciate this stop, as this runway is a bit unique, but other than that, it's just a tiny little airport!

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Palm Springs, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Every time on the island we venture up here. Most recent visit was with family and we enjoyed the gift shop and their famous cookie. Always find great gifts here and at a reasonable price.

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Hydesville, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The airport is the upper most point of this bus tour. The airport is nothing too remarkable except for the fact that it exists. The drive up and back was very scenic and the narration by the guide/driver, Stephen, was excellent. Chocked full of informative, interesting and entertaining lore.

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Bonsall, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The tour costs $50... the bus costs $32... no brainer. Yee Haw... that little girl bus driver must be related to Parnelli Jones. The airport was fun to visit... do not miss the Bison Hot Dog or Bison Tacos... And the ride alone is a bargain... :-)

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We visited the Airport in the Sky on a Hummer tour. We actually had lunch there and enjoyed the nostalgia as well as the food. It is an interesting place to visit, but would recommend doing it with a tour.

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Berlin, CT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Got to see a totally different Catalina. Wild buffalo, beautiful vistas, incredible winding roads with steep drop offs. Very cool above the clouds!

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NJ
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165 reviews 165 reviews
68 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you arrive on Catalina and haven't already reserved a tour it will be difficult to find someone to take you out of Avalon and into the back country that makes up 99% of the island. The airport shuttle bus provides an available and cheaper alternative. For around $25 you can reserve a ride to the "airport in the sky"... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Hard to get to from Avalon unless you fly in they serve their famious buffalo burger, hot dogs and tacos. Save room for their Killer Cookies. The best cookies I have ever had. Baked fresh daily. Also, home made potato chips. Yummy.

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