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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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+1 310-510-0143

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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Go for the Cookies!

Stopped here on a Skyline tour. Loved our tour guide, very knowledgeable and super friendly. He recommended trying a cookie when we stopped in and I'm sure glad we did. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Garden Grove, California
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Garden Grove, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here on a Skyline tour. Loved our tour guide, very knowledgeable and super friendly. He recommended trying a cookie when we stopped in and I'm sure glad we did. The cookies are oatmeal and come in 3 flavors. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and Oatmeal Peanut Butter. I know that last one sounds weird but it was Oh So... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lunch break stop for us on a bus tour. Found the food to be decent and the employees were all quite friends. There is a small gift shop as well, great fireplace to warm by in the winter months and clean bathrooms. The landing strip is interesting in how short it is as well. We were told... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is exactly that, and airport in the sky for small private planes only. There is a cafe at the terminal which I heard was very good and it did seem busy. They are known for their chocolate chip cookies. I had one and they are very tasty. If you go, check one out. You will also see buffalo and... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 11 January 2017

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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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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.

Thank LATraveller77
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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 1 January 2017

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 28 December 2016

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 27 December 2016

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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