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Airport in the Sky

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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
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The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center...

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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History Displays, Gift Shop, & Food

Don't skip the self-guided tour on the left side, and get yourself some homemade cookies whilst there! We were on a tour with Allan from the Catalina Transportation Services who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
LivPurple
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't skip the self-guided tour on the left side, and get yourself some homemade cookies whilst there! We were on a tour with Allan from the Catalina Transportation Services who was a wealth of historical information - must look him up!

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1 Thank LivPurple
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a very interesting and long ride to the airport. Saw three buffalo (bison) on the way up. So sad to see how dry the island is with the drought. Once we got to the top had a little time to look around. Not a amazing place but interesting. Saw the Wrigley plane fly in while we were there.... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

travel to Catalina's interior and see sights unavailable by boat. Enjoy a flight, bison tour or buffalo burger.

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Santee, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really wanted to see the airport as well as do the "airport loop" hiking trail and taking one of the tours up there wouldn't have allowed us to do that so we took the airport shuttle. The ride up takes longer than you would think and they drive it pretty fast. There are several areas with some scary drop... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a friend on the island drive us inland to see the sights. We stopped at the Catalina airport for breakfast. I had a breakfast sandwich and the son-in-law had a burrito and the grandsons also had breakfast sandwiches. They were prepared beautifully! A great meal. Also, the grandkids loved the gift shop.

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1 Thank lynndds
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on our Jeep Tour, wondered around the property for a bit and went inside to the gift shop. They had some really cute things in there and great prices. My friend and I both bought things, kinda excited I can now say I've started my Christmas shopping. LOL!

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Las Vegas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a long winding narrow (one lane) road with scary drop offs but worth the trip for the oatmeal cookies. Try all 3 flavors!

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1 Thank David F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know it's an airport but the HUGE cookies are the attraction right after the resident grey fox...maybe before. Not only cookies but great Bufflo Burgers. I highly recommend a shuttle ride or tour to the airport for lunch. There is a 2 mile hiking loop around the airport if you are so inclined. Catch a shuttle from "The Plaza"... More 

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Avalon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Going to the airport by tour bus, private car, or airplane is a pleasant break from the 21st century. There is a small cafe, public bathrooms, a few sites to see. The drive up provides an close-up view of parts of the island most visitors never take the time to see. If this is your first trip to the island,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I enjoyed the ride to the airport, it is not accessible for the tourist private transportation, you have to take a bus or some tours actually make the airport a lunch stop.

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