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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 28 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 23 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 21 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 15 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 11 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
Reviewed 11 May 2017

It's quite a trek but several of the scenic tours take you there-- and those tours are well worth it. Highly recommended. Make time for lunch! Terrific Buffalo tacos, Buffalo burgers, chicken sandwiches, and their legendary (and GIANT) homemade, freshly-baked cookies! I love this place.

Thank Jody E
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Nice stop on our tour..recommend the amazing cookies. We got to watch 2 planes land too. The tile map was pretty cool.

Thank ragdollkk
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Great stop for lunch during our 4 hour tour of the canyon. Saw small planes landing and taking off. We watched a herd of buffalo in the distance. Don't miss trying the buffalo burgers and giant cookies!

Thank Smileymamaw
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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...More

Thank 270Pat_C
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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!!

Thank Jeannine E
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Mark B
20 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
29 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