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Airport in the Sky

1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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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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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

We like planes, and so the visit to the airport was just great. Catalina is certainly a good place to visit!

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Everytime, we visit Catalina, we drop by the airport for the Chocolate Chip cookies, before heading out to the interior! Besides, cookies, there is a gift shop with cool tshirts, and other knic-knacs!

Thank jane u
Reviewed 21 June 2017

My Mom use to be a flight instructor before she retired from that Gig. But that was about 20 or so years ago.Anyways off we went into the Wild Blue Yonder. Then made a bee line to the 26 miles trip off the coast of...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Bison, fox, squirrel and raven on the hiking trails if your lucky and we were able to see all of those! Food is great at the airport and there are unique gifts, and supplies you won't find anywhere else on the Island.

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We stopped there as part of the bus tour. Not much up there other than an airport with a restaurant. Great views.

Thank tbrennan
Reviewed 27 May 2017

My wife and I took the Catalina Island Conservancy Jeep Eco Tour - a three hour tour of the Island. One of the highlights was a stop at the Airport in the Sky. Having flown planes myself in the Air Force I really enjoyed this...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We visited the airport as part of our Eco Tour. The building is beautiful and sitting outdoors and enjoying the area is very relaxing. The gift shop has the best shopping on the island and the prices are great! The fresh cookies are huge, delicious...More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We went on a tour on Catalina Island that lasted over an hour and we ended up at the top of the Island where the Airport in the Sky is located. When you get up to the top you feel like you are on top...More

Thank grandslamhomer
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to stop while on your way around the island. They serve lunch and are well known for their cookies.

Thank 10,234
Reviewed 10 May 2017

You probably need to hike here or take a tour. It is not near the hotels area, however it is totally worth it. The views to get here are great, the food is good and the cookies are great. Also try the bison burgers and...More

Thank Monica Y
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Mark B
19 October 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Pebbly Beach where they land is just east of where the boats (Catalina Express,etc...) bring in their passengers. It was built for the movie stars and special guests to land wihtout having to go through the main debarking... More
28 August 2015|
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Response from CarlosLdelaRosa | Reviewed this property |
You can take one of the vans called Wildlands Express that would take you to the airport and back. They are located on the main Avalon tours plaza. White vans operated by the Catalina Islamd Conservancy. And yes, they will... More