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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

Reviewed 11 January 2017
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

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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Thank anthmore
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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568 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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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Thank Judith D
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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.

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Thank LATraveller77
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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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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