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10 Airports You Should Fly Into This Summer

Looking for somewhere to fly this summer?

1) Half Moon Bay Airport (KHAF), California

If you're in the San Francisco Bay area, fly roughly 20 miles south to the Half Moon Bay Airport. It's 5,000 X 150 foot runway is just feet from the ocean, and it has an incredible view.

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2) Ocracoke Island (W95), Outer Banks of North Carolina

Ocracoke Island is one of the most remote islands in the Outer Banks. It can only be reached by public ferries, boat, or plane. Ocracoke Island was not permanently settled until 1750 - and it was a pirate haven before then. It was a favorite anchorage of Edward Teach, better known as the pirate "Blackbeard", who was killed on the island in November 1718.

3) Gaston's Airport (3M0), Arkansas

Also known as Gaston's White River Resort Airstrip, whether you're landing on Gaston's Bermuda Grass runway for lunch or staying overnight in a cottage for trout fishing, this is a great spot in the central US for pilots to visit.

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4) Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport (PABR), Alaska

Located 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Barrow, Alaska, the Post/Rogers Memorial Airport is the northernmost airport found in the United States. If you make the trip to the top of Alaska, make sure to bring plenty of survival gear with you for the long, and isolated, flight.

5) Newport Municipal Airport (KONP), Oregon

Just a few hundred yards from the Oregon coastline, you'll have an awesome opportunity to stop at the beach trip by flying into this airport.

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6) Gross Ile Municipal Airport (KONZ), Michigan

In 1929, the airport opened as Naval Reserve Air Base Ile, consisting of a training school, seaplane base and dirigible hangar. Renamed to the "Naval Air Station Grosse Ile" during World War II, the installation operated until 1969, when it was closed and turned over to the Township in 1971 for operation as a general aviation airport.

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7) Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1), Kansas

If you're looking for a cool spot to visit in the central US, look no further than Stearman Field. Fly over and eat at the Stearman Bar and Grill for an awesome restaurant that you can pull your plane up to.

Stearman Field And Bar

8) Port Allen, Kauai Island (PHPA), Hawaii

The little-known airport of Port Allen became Kauai's first airport in 1928, after $15,000 was allocated for its construction. The nearby towns of Kekaha, Hanapepe, and Poipu are great spots to visit and have some of the island's best beaches.

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9) North Bass Island Airport (3X5), Ohio

Just 1 nautical mile from the Canadian border, you'll need to be careful arriving and departing from this short 1,804 X 60 foot runway.

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10) Cedar Key Airport (KCDK), Florida

The George T. Lewis Airport has an awesome over-water approach on either end of its single runway. Cedar Key's importance in Florida's history began as far back as 1000 BC with pre-Columbian habitation of the region. Head to the historically registered downtown for your $100 hamburger.

What airports did we miss?

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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