Journey to the Sky

Duration: 2.25 hours

Location: Island Tour Plaza



Senior (55+)


Child (2-11)



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Experience the real Catalina Island when you get out of town and 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.

You have a great chance of seeing bison and Catalina Island fox on the Journey to the Sky.

Participants must be able to transfer to and from the vehicle (several steps up to and down).

This tour is available for most guests. Please see restrictions below.

What to Expect

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.

What you should know about this experience and COVID-19:

  • Masks are mandatory for all guests
  • Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing
  • Additional sanitizing is happening regularly

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.

What to bring and wear:  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!

Restrictions:  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.


Where to Meet

Journey to the Sky
Island Tour Plaza
Catalina Avenue, Avalon, Calif. 90704

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Restrooms are available in the Island Tour Plaza before you board the bus.  They are also available at the ½ way point of the tour (the Airport in 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.

Absolutely!  Don’t forget your camera or phone.  This road travels to some gorgeous spots and scenic vistas are all around.

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

Food & beverage is not included with your tour ticket. You will have an opportunity to purchase food items at the Airport in the Sky (half way 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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"Merriam did a fantastic job making the drive fun and informative! She was a master at handling the sharp curves and turns in the road. She pointed out all the great views and we even saw a buffalo up close!!!"

- Alexandra T. from Murrieta, CA - TripAdvisor
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