By Stephanie Montague, Military Spouse
Looking for a free flight to Hawaii? Europe? The East Coast? How about a hop to Japan? You can fly Space-A to all of these destinations and more from Travis AFB in California.
Travis is one of the most active bases for Space A travel on the West Coast. They frequently have multiple missions per day with flights to and from a broad range of locations. Here’s what else you should know if you’re planning to fly Travis AFB Space A.
Frequent Destinations for Travis AFB Space A
If you want to go to Hawaii, Travis is your best bet. No other location within the continental U.S. has as many flights to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where missions from Travis AFB fly multiple times per week. Some of those missions are Patriot Express flights.
The Travis AFB Passenger Terminal Facebook page posts a list of their most frequent destinations. Besides Hawaii, Travis has multiple flights per week to Guam, Yakota AB in Japan, and JB Elmendorf/Richardson in Alaska.
They also have at least one flight per month to Okinawa, Japan; Osan AB, Korea; Ramstein AB, Germany; North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego; March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA; and Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas.
Travis AFB Lodging
Travis has convenient lodging at the Westwind Inn, about a 15-minute walk from the terminal. They offer 2-bedroom suites, which include a living room and kitchen, as well as regular rooms.
Space A travelers can usually reserve rooms for up to 3 days at a time. From mid-November through December, you can reserve for up to 14 days. However, please keep in mind that the winter holidays are not a good time to fly Space A!
Getting to Travis
Three international airports are approximately the same distance from the base: Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Travis does not operate a base shuttle to any of those airports, so you should research the best option based on your timing, budget, and number of passengers. Travel from any of these airports will usually take 1 to 2 hours. In general, Sacramento is the shortest travel time, and San Francisco is the longest.
The Travis AMC Gram has contact information for all local ground transportation, including airport shuttles, taxis, buses, and trains. You can also take Uber or Lyft, but keep in mind that if the driver does not have base access, you will need to find another way to travel from the front gate to the passenger terminal (about 2 miles). All shuttles and taxis listed in the AMC Gram are authorized to operate on base.
What to Do While Waiting for a Flight
No need to sit around the Travis AFB Passenger Terminal. If you have a day or two before your flight, you can take advantage of the many cool local and regional attractions. These activities are all within about an hour’s drive of Travis AFB.
The Travis AFB golf course is located about 4 miles off base. It’s a beautiful 18-hole, Par 72 course that also offers lessons, club rental, and occasional tournaments.
This outdoor outlet mall has 120 stores and is only a 20-minute drive from the base. If you don’t want to rent a car, you can easily take public transportation.
One of Jelly Belly’s two Visitor Centers (the other is in Wisconsin) is less than 20 minutes from Travis! This factory allows you to take free self-guided tours or paid guided tours. Naturally, they also have a candy store and café.
Spending the day in California wine country can be a great outing for any traveler passing through Travis. Needless to say, if you’re a wine enthusiast, you can take your pick from hundreds of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. But this area, which is less than an hour from the base, can also be fun with the kids. The downtown areas of both Napa and Sonoma are full of delicious restaurants, cute boutiques, gourmet food shops, and beautiful parks to relax and enjoy a picnic on a nice day.
Arlen Ness Motorcycle Museum
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, take advantage of your proximity to this unique museum, which features some of the coolest motorcycles you’ve ever seen. Located in the Arlen Ness Motorcycle Headquarters, the Arlen Ness Motorcycle Museum is about an hour south of Travis.
Some of these activities may require a rental car. You can rent from Enterprise in the BX or choose one of the rental car companies outside the gate.
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Stephanie Montague is a communications consultant and freelance writer. She is the founder of Poppin’ Smoke, a website designed to encourage members of the military community to use their military benefits for (fun) travel. Through Poppin’ Smoke, Stephanie shares everything she and her husband learn about Space A travel, using military benefits while abroad, and getting the most out of travel experiences. Stephanie shares news from military MWR facilities, updates from other military blogs, and links to great travel content on the Poppin’ Smoke Facebook Page.