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Looking for a great place to fly to this summer? Chances are there's an amazing airport near you.
Block Island is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 13 miles south of the Rhode Island coast. Over 40% of the island is set aside for conservation, and with numerous lighthouses, shipwrecks, and beaches, you'll have a great trip. And with a 2,502 X 100 foot runway, you'll be able to practice your short field takeoffs and landings. It's no wonder this King Air 200 had to make such a low approach...
That's right - a flight here will take you to the spot where the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903. Imagine landing just steps from the Wright Brothers Monument...
Key West, Florida, is a favorite spot for pilots in the United States, allowing you to get a taste of the Caribbean without the pesky Customs procedures! From Mahi-Mahi to Jerk Chicken, relax island-style at Garbo's Grill.
This is one of our personal favorites. Steamboat Springs is an internationally known winter ski resort destination, so pack your coat and head out to Colorado for some awesome skiing in the winter, or visit during the summer for hiking around the mountains. Notice those guys in the picture? That's us in Steamboat.
Landing at the Dauphin Island Airport (4R9) is as close as you can get to landing on an aircraft carrier. In 1519, the Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was the first documented European to visit the island.
Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world, with a maximum depth measured at 1,645 feet. It's also incredibly clear with a 70 foot visibility. There's world-class skiing in the winter, and plenty to do in and around the lake during the summer. Imagine how cool it must've been to land this MD-83 on its 6,269 foot runway (remember, this is a general aviation airport without passenger service).
Originally the major commercial airport in the New Orleans area, the Lakefront Airport relinquished its role in 1946 when commercial airline service began from the nearby Louis Armstrong International Airport. If you want to visit the French Quarter during Mardis Gras, this is the airport for you.
Enjoy a Gold Rush style meal in historic downtown Skagway, Alaska. Surrounded by Yukon Territory and snow-capped mountains, you're sure to get gold fever. With over 1,000 new miners flooding the area each week in the late 1800s, by June 1898, with a population between 8,000 and 10,000, Skagway was the largest city in Alaska. Today, it has around 900 permanent residents.
Tangier Island is a historic and cultural destination for pilots located in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The majority of the original settlers were from South West England, and the tiny island community has attracted the attention of linguists because its people speak a unique English Restoration-era dialect of American English. Most of Tangier Island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is only one school on the island, with fewer than ten children in each grade. The roughly 700 residents were given access to cable television and internet through a new microwave tower in the spring of 2010.
The Grand Canyon West Airport and the surrounding land is owned by the Hualapai tribe of Native Americans. There is a landing fee of up to $100, but the fee is waved if you buy the tour package for the nearby Grand Canyon SkyWalk.
Nicknamed "The Airport In The Sky", Catalina is another awesome destination. The runway was built by blasting two mountain tops and filling the gap between the two with 200,000 truckloads of rock. Try eating at the DC-3, an awesome restaurant on-field to get that $100 hamburger (Probably more like $200 nowadays).
Kauai, the "Garden Isle" of Hawaii, is famous for its rainforests, the stunning Na Pali Coastline, famous beaches, and the Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." If you're in Hawaii, make sure to fly into Lihue and spend some time around Kauai.
The Gillespie County Airport is home to the Hangar Hotel, a 50 room hotel dedicated to providing visitors with an experience much more than just a room. It's built to look and feel like a hangar from the WWII era, and you can park your plane right out front if you're visiting!
What other destination are worth the flight? Tell us in the comments below.
Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, commercially licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and a commercial aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He's the author of the articles, quizzes and lists you love to read every week. Swayne's experience ranges from international flights in a King Air F90 to ferrying a 1943 Grumman Widgeon across the country. You can reach Swayne at email@example.com, and follow his flying adventures at http://www.swaynemartin.com.