Travel 1,500 feet above sea level for the best views of Avalon on this Ridgetop Eco Adventure that takes place in a Hummer.
- Adult Ages 12-54
- Child Ages 2-11
- Senior Ages 55+
- Infants under 2 do not require a ticket to ride.
- Please note the Journey to the Sky travels over windy, bumpy, dusty roads. Guests who are pregnant or may have back or neck issues cannot ride.
Experience the Real Catalina Island when you get out of Town & Explore!
- Travel through the heart of the outback of Catalina Island.
- Keep an eye out for North American Bison, Catalina Island fox, and other fun local animals like the Catalina ground squirrel.
- Stop at the Airport in the Sky for beautiful views, delicious Killer Cookies, plus fascinating history and cultural displays.
- Your driver & guide will entertain you with captivating Catalina Island stories as you travel over scenic roads.
- This is a family-friendly excursion! All ages can participate.
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This exciting, narrated journey along the scenic “Journey to the Sky” takes you 10 miles into Santa Catalina Island’s protected wilderness area. Along the trip you’ll see spectacular vistas, deep canyons, quiet coves and an endless blue ocean. Keep your eyes open for the island’s wildlife before you visit the Catalina Nature Center at the Airport in the Sky. The airport’s DC-3 Gifts & Grill offers a quick bite and their famous “killer cookies.” Bring your camera because picture-perfect scenes fill the entire tour.
The Journey to the Sky will travel out of Avalon and onto Stagecoach Road which was, in fact, used by horse-pulled stage coaches in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The excursion will go past several historical Catalina landmarks and take a break (about 15-20 minutes) at the Airport in the Sky. This is one of the highest points on the island and also features a unique local gift shop, small historical photo museum about aviation on Catalina and a native plant garden plus natural history display. The tour will then travel back down toward Avalon with views of the Catalina Zip Line course and gorgeous Avalon.
Be on the lookout for our National Mammal: You have a great chance of seeing bison on the Journey to the Sky. They travel along the same paths as the tour bus. Often it’s not if you will see them, but how close you will see them. Keep a sharp eye out.
Enjoy an experience with your friends & family: Large family and friend groups love the Journey to the Sky because they can all travel together on the same tour bus. Both infants & children can go on the Journey to the Sky. Due to the size and speed of the bus, booster & child seats are not required.
For your safety, you should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this tour. The Journey to the Sky travels on steep, narrow, winding, bumpy, dusty, scenic mountain roads.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes based on the season. Layers may be appropriate based on the season as temperatures can vary by as much as 10 degrees from that of Avalon. You may want to bring some spending money for the snack bar & gift shop. Gratuity for your guide is not included but is accepted and greatly appreciated!
Journey to the Sky
Island Tour Plaza
Catalina Avenue, Avalon, Calif. 90704
Are restrooms available on the Journey to the Sky?
Restrooms are available in the Island Tour Plaza before you board the bus. They are also available at the halfway point of the tour (the Airport in the Sky).
Do I need a reservation for the Journey to the Sky?
Yes. While reservations are not required, they are recommended. There are a limited number of spaces available on the Journey to the Sky. To ensure you get to travel on the date and time slot you prefer, please book your reservation as soon as you know you wish to go.
Can I take pictures on the Journey to the Sky?
Absolutely! Don’t forget your camera or phone. This road travels to some gorgeous spots and scenic vistas are all around.
How far is the Journey to the Sky tour starting point from certain areas?
Walking time to common locations:
- Cabrillo Mole Area: 7-10 minutes
- Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 5-7 minutes
- Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 2-3 minutes
- Casino Building: 7-10 minutes
- Descanso Beach: 15-20 minutes
Is there food provided on the Journey to the Sky? Can I eat and drink while on tour?
Food & beverage are not included with your tour ticket. You will have an opportunity to purchase food items at the Airport in the Sky (halfway point), if you choose. The recommended offerings are their Killer Cookies (fresh baked every day) or the Buffalo Jerky. While guests may not eat on the bus, they can bring bottled water with them on tour.
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