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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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Fun stop on a tour

We stopped at the airport on our tour. This is a very old airport which is known for its buffalo burgers and home made cookies. The views from the airport are wonderful. Fun... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Seal Beach, California
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Seal Beach, California
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped at the airport on our tour. This is a very old airport which is known for its buffalo burgers and home made cookies. The views from the airport are wonderful. Fun little spot with a small gift shop. If you go around meal time, get something there

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped here on our island tour. Food was delicious and we had plenty of time to order, eat, look around, and be back in the hummer. We had 45 minutes. Oh you must get a cookie! Yummy!!

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Elk Grove
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at the airport as part of the Skyline bus tour. Loved the history of the area, the displays of the island and its features, the killer cookies and the resident fox!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Inland Expedition tour and it takes you to the airport in the sky.... stunning views! Nice stop for a snack & beverage and to walk around, a little history, etc.

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Avalon, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not easy to travel to, but worth the effort. This is Catalina Island's airport....For small private aircraft and the Flying Boats for freight, the terminal was built with an eye toward information on island's geography (a significant built-in walk around model of the island), native flora (labeled gardens), and an adorable Island Fox who just happens to chose to live... More 

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Bus tour takes you to airport. This airport is for small private planes. There is a small restaurant,restrooms, and a gift shop of course. They have cookies that are pretty good. The views are just OK. The best views are on the trip up and the trip down.

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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We stopped at the airport on our Catalina Inland Adventure bus tour. Just enough time to stretch, enjoy a beer and a cookie at the snack bar and climb the viewing tower for 360 degree views. Hey- we even got to see the island fox (begging for handouts)!

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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were taken a tour on Catalina Island which included passing by the airport in the sky. Located way atop the hills of Catalina Island. This is just a very small airport more for privately owned planes.

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Garden Grove, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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Reviewed 25 January 2017

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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