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12 Stunning Airports You Should Fly To

Looking for some cool airports right here in the USA to visit? Here's a good list to start with.

1) Sedona (KSEZ), Arizona

Situated on top of a mesa surrounded by valleys and colorful rock formations, Sedona is one cool spot South of the Grand Canyon. Just make sure to not land short, or long! Click here to check out the full Boldmethod Southwestern trip.

2) Aspen (KASE), Colorado

Aspen is one of the country's toughest airports to fly into. With Rocky Mountain peaks, frequent tailwinds, dozens of private jets, and airline service, this is an airport you'll want to prepare for. Check out how challenging is was when we flew into Aspen earlier this year. But once you're on the ground, you'll find some of the best hiking and skiing in the USA.

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3) Tangier Island (KTGI), Virginia

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.

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4) Sky Harbor (KDYT), Minnesota

Southeast of Duluth, MN, you'll find the Sky Harbor airport sitting at the water's edge of Lake Superior. Duluth is one of the coolest spots in the Upper Midwest, with steep hills rolling right into Lake Superior, bordering the Wisconsin state line.

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5) Cedar Key (KCDK), Florida

At 2,300 feet in length, most airplanes flown by recreational pilots will have no problem getting into and out of Cedar Key. If you're looking for a laid-back Florida experience, this is a great spot to check out!

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6) Telluride (KTEX), Colorado

Sitting at over 9,000 feet above sea level, the Telluride Airport is another must-do bucket list item for pilots. Its single runway is used as one way in, one way out for most larger aircraft. Believe it or not, Gulfstreams occasionally come in to land here. This is another airport you won't want to land short or long.

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7) Key West (KEYW), Florida Keys

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.

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8) First Flight Airport (KFFA), North Carolina Outer Banks

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...

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9) Catalina Island (KAVX), California

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).

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10) Cedar Mills (3T0), Texas

There's no better way to get out of the busy Dallas airspace than by flying into Cedar Mills. With 3,000 feet of grass runway leading towards Lake Texoma, this is one perfect picnic destination.

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11) Grand Canyon West (1G4), Arizona

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.

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12) Dauphin Island (4R9), Alabama

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.

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How many have you visited? What are some other awesome airports? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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