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Ever since first learning to fly, I, like most pilots, have enjoyed going to places that would be hard to get to by car. Flying is unique in that it allows you to go on day trips that would be otherwise impossible: get a late start, go to your destination several hundred miles away, have a picnic, go hiking or biking, and return home before dark.

There are some destinations, like Columbia, Santa Ynez/Solvang, Santa Barbara, or San Diego (all in California) that are written up in just about every airport guide or magazine. But after you've been flying awhile, you may feel it's time to try something new: to go to an airport that is off the beaten path, just for the afternoon. That is the purpose of this directory: to give you all the information you need to spend a day or a weekend at an out-of-the-way location, one that is likely to have few or no services and no convenient transportation.

Unfortunately, a lack of transportation can often be a big problem. Personally, I enjoy taking a bicycle on my trips, which really makes getting around at the destination a snap.

In addition to this directory, there are many airport guides out there, each excellent in its own way. There are also various magazines that write up interesting destinations. I have written a review of the ones that I know about.

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of visiting these airports as I did!

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