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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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Wrigley built airport...quaint and charming

Quick stop at this little airport....nice snack bar and views. I found the Wrigley history an enjoyable and intriguing aspect to the island...this is another piece of that. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Quick stop at this little airport....nice snack bar and views. I found the Wrigley history an enjoyable and intriguing aspect to the island...this is another piece of that. You only need 15 mins.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A great spot to buy gifts and have a great lunch. The buffalo burger was good, but the bison hotdog was delicious!

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The airport was a stop on my bus tour. Who knew there was an airport up there! Mine was a half hour stop so you can get food and drink and of course visit the gift shop. The history of the airport is very interesting. They are known for their oatmeal cookies which I thought were nothing special. This was... More 

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Ready to try a Buffalo burger? Airport in the sky is your destination. Delicious food, great views and fun trip up.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Was on our list as we had done the zip line before but our bus broke down and we returned on another bus going back down. They had seen quite a few Buffalo and were very happy. Will return and do again

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Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stopped here as part of a tour while on Catalina Island. It's a nice place to visit, offering food and refreshments while providing some history about the area.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

First I got a hiking permit from the Catalina Island Conservancy. I walked up the road from Avalon to the reservoir where I intercepted the Trans Catalina Trail. From this point I hiked the trail for about 2 hours. At the point the trail gets very close to the road I decided to walk the road the remaining distance to... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great spot for a $100 hamburger, assuming you like buffalo. We had the buffalo brisket tacos - very good. We flew in and for pilots, note that it is usually below minimums until around 1030 or later. But then, you can enjoy a flyover before you land, seeing areas you probably won't get to during your trip. Everything's accessible, assuming... More 

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Lomita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Our tour bus stopped at the airport for a 30 minute break so we all went into the gift shop to look around. You have to get one of their cookies while you are here, they are amazing. I have heard pilots fly over just to buy cookies to take home, I do not think they are quite worth that... More 

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Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Airport in the sky is an interesting place to visit..not just any pilot can fly here...Be sure to see the end of the runway..it just drops straight down!!!

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