May 26, 2021
From the Wright Brothers National Memorial to the Grand Canyon, these destinations are perfect for a flying vacation, or flycation. Check them out—and check in via the Pilot Passport feature in the AOPA app—to participate in the “June Summer Flycation Challenge” and compete for a one-year premium membership to iFlightPlanner.
Aviation and space buffs will enjoy adding these airports to their logbooks and exploring nearby attractions.
- First Flight Airport in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Before you go, check out these tips for flying in, nearby attractions, and places to eat.
- Neil Armstrong Airport in Wapakoneta, Ohio. While in Ohio, trace aviation history from Armstrong’s hometown to the place where the Wright brothers built their first flying machines.
- Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport in Bedford, Indiana. The Virgil I. Grissom Memorial Museum is just over 10 miles from the airport. (If you are really into space history, visit that museum and these other space race capsules.)
- Boeing Field/King County International Airport in Seattle. Be sure to visit the Museum of Flight, which made our list of great aviation museums in the Northwest.
- Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia.
- Lloyd Stearman Field in Benton, Kansas. Watch aircraft take off and land while you eat at the Stearman Field Bar & Grill, and while you’re in the area, check out these other airports in the Air Capital of the World.
- Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Get some early practice landing at Wittman Regional Airport, to make sure you can hit your assigned dot when you fly in for EAA AirVenture later in July.
- Mojave Air and Space Port Airport in Mojave, California. Fly in on the third Saturday of the month, known as Plane Crazy Saturday, when the Mojave Transportation Museum hosts family events, and eat at The Voyager restaurant.
For outdoor adventures, take your friends and family to these popular destination areas.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about your flycation. As you plan your trip, check out AOPA’s rental car and hotel discounts to save.
Alyssa J. Cobb
AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and son. Alyssa is also co-host of AOPA Live This Week.