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Airport in the Sky

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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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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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Scary short runway for small planes!

Top of the mountains of Catalina, home to vintage aircraft and incoming daily Dc-3 mail plane. No commercial flights. Decent cafe. Trail around the airport, on the flattened top... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Judith D
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wouldn't recommend a special trip from Avalon just to visit the Airport in the Sky, the drive to and from here is much more interesting than the airfield itself. There is not much to see, just a small gift shop/cafe, hangar and control tower. Our arrival coincided with a very heavy rainstorm (the first for many months) and I... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Top of the mountains of Catalina, home to vintage aircraft and incoming daily Dc-3 mail plane. No commercial flights. Decent cafe. Trail around the airport, on the flattened top of a mountain, is fun.

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Thank Judith D
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure I'd want to fly into this airport, though I'm glad that I visited it as part of a tour led by a First Nation guide who calls himself "Bear." He knows a lot, so ask for him when you book your tour.

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Thank LATraveller77
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from the road on the way to the Airport were spectacular, but the amenities offered at the Airport itself were a little underwhelming.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an interesting place to stop if you want to take an inland tour anyway, but don't make the trip just to see the airport. There are some (perhaps too) friendly foxes, and the cookies are good too, but there's just not much to see.

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This airport is on top of a mountain that has been leveled off. Looks like you are going off the end of the mountain when you take off.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to the Airport in the Sky on many occasions, but never in the winter. It was just wonderful! Blazing fire in the huge old fireplace, no people and great food!

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California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We stopped in on one of the longer Island tours for Lunch. There was a gift shop and a good menu to choose from. The food was cooked as you ordered, was hot, good sized portion and very tasty. There is clean restrooms. Outside was a display about island flora and fauna. There is a 2 mile loop trail around... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Air conditioned waiting room with a wide-screen tv. Give yourself time to wait for a taxi when you plan to go to the heliport, since this is the only transportation on the island available for tourists.

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Novato, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great to visit to see the airport. Good display on the island history and good gift shop. This is a stop on the conservancy tour.

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