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The 5 Best US Airports to Have a Layover

Person Waiting at Airport during LayoverAs the summer months approach, more people will hit the airways, which can mean delays at the airport.  The delay may be unexpected, perhaps due to a pesky summer storm, or planned, thanks to a skillful scheduling of flights to save money. If you do face a delay during your air travel, we hope you get stuck at one of our top 5 favorite airports, listed below.

5. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

The Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) is a sizable airport for travelers to explore during a layover or when facing delays. The airport has a convenient monorail connecting terminals to each other for fast terminal-to-terminal travel. The Skylink high-speed train also aids passengers as they roam the 120 food and drink stops and 100 retail shops located throughout the airport. They even have a smartphone application to help guide travelers to their restaurant of choice.

Visit the Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport’s website to explore the many other options available for their travelers.

4. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco International (SFO) is a foodie’s dream airport. The city of San Francisco has brought in many local, gourmet eateries for their travelers, including wine and chocolate crafted locally in Napa, to provide finer dining options. The airport also hosts an aviation museum and library, and their famous aquarium. There’s even an in-terminal yoga studio to help travelers wind down and find calm in the busy airport.

Click here learn more about the restaurants, shops, and other activities available within the San Francisco International Airport.

3. Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is known for offering many dining options both before and after the security check-points, making it easy for travelers to satisfy rumbling stomachs. MCO also separates their security lines according to what type of traveler is passing through. Separate lines for families and expert travelers means quicker security clearance processes for all, which can be especially helpful to anyone crunched for time on a quick layover, and families no longer feel rushed to get through security to avoid holding up those waiting behind them.

To learn more about the Orlando International Airport, visit their website here.

2. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Our hometown airport - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) - has made several dining improvements in recent years. Current and future food additions include popular local eateries like La Grande Orange , Chelsea’s Kitchen , and Sauce. Showcasing popular dining spots means the Phoenix metro area is well-represented even to those travelers who are passing through the airport.

For overnight layovers, there is also the brand new SkyTrain helping travelers to link up easily with local public transit options to explore the Valley of the Sun.

To see all of the options available, visit the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s website here.

1. Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Our top pick for airports to spend time in is Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS). It provides plenty of options for travelers to pass the time, not only within the airport but also nearby. McCarran has a children’s play area, aviation museum, slot machines for gamers, and several shopping and dining venues.

In addition to these amenities, the infamous Las Vegas Strip is a quick shuttle or cab ride away.  This makes for an ideal layover airport since the nearby exploring possibilities are endless. Make sure to keep track of your flight time and your wallet; they don’t call it the “city of lost wages” for nothing.

Click here to learn more about the exciting and always fun destination of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

Even if your travels do not land you in any of the above airports, delays and downtime do not have to be a miserable experience. Take advantage of your surroundings; explore and see what the airport has to offer. When in doubt, here’s a little help on how to make the most of waiting at the airport.

Happy travels! 


What’s your favorite airport to travel to and why? Share in the comments below!

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