Up in the Air: The Best Airport Amenities
Collected by Michelle Chang, AFAR Contributor
A collection of museums, restaurants, shopping and architecture within airports and in flight.
7277 Perimeter Rd S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
The Museum of Flight is one of Seattle's unsung treasures. This expansive campus features over 150 air and spacecraft including a Concorde, Air Force One and beginning in 2013, the Space Shuttle Trainer--parts of which are on display as of July...
272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
If you have a few hours to kill before your next flight, don’t sweat the downtime at Incheon Airport. Packed with possibilities, Incheon’s international terminal is a wonder of airport entertainment. A movie theater, ice-skating rink, jimjilbang...
Airport Blvd, Singapore
About the only place this butterfly might be able to camouflage itself would be against a Tiffany glass window. But it is safe from predators in the Butterfly Garden -- http://bit.ly/HbrVTY -- tucked into a corner of Terminal 3 in the Changi...
Detroit, MI 48242, USA
A layover is never fun, especially if you're fighting jet lag and still hours away from home. As a frequent traveler for work, I transfer at least monthly in the Detroit airport (DTW). As airports go, this place has made some serious upgrades that...
6080 Viscount Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 0A1, Canada
The first thing you notice when you enter the ALT Hotel, located right next to Pearson International Airport, is the giant wall of Instagram photos. Any hotel who makes art out of a photo sharing app that didn't even exist three years ago is...
San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
The SFO Museum, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, creates cultural displays in the airport's public spaces. In Terminal 3 you'll find the original and more permanent installation space that highlights anything from...
95700 Roissy-en-France, France
CDG can be cramped, hot, crowded and unpleasant. Yet if you have the time to really explore before takeoff, or during a layover, the airport can be a treasure trove of beautiful angles and a feast for the eyes of any fan of modern architecture.
Bibi, Chitose, Hokkaido 066-0012, Japan
It's quite a surprise to see a working chocolate factory in an airport, and Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, has one: the Royce' Chocolate World. You can view the process from finish to end along the stretch of the terminal. They have...
Wilhelm-Spazier-Straße 7a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Hangar-7 in Salzburg is a place you have to see if you love airplanes, cars, art, food, and/or architecture. It is located right at the Salzburg airport. The Red Bull co-founder and CEO is the founder of this amazing place. It's not only the...
Oasis, Las Veredas, B.C.S., Mexico
I never want to leave Mexico. I could shop the local markets all day long, picking up fresh food, trying new flavors, and buying little trinkets. Even if there isn't any room left over in my carry-on, by the time I get to the airport I'll check...
08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona's new airport terminal boasts surprisingly good airport shopping. Before hopping a plane out of town, flyers can shop for regional wines, olive oil and artisan cheeses in duty free shops, hand made chocolates, and clothes and accessories...
Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam aboard a canal boat is an iconic way to see the sights, with myriad tours and cruises plying the 65 miles of waterways that lattice the city. From many spots you can join simple, hour-long cruises with narrators describing...
Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FF, UK
From the moment I saw Shoreham airport featured on TV in an Agatha Christie murder mystery - it was a Poirot, since you ask - I was determined to go there. The outside's a lot shabbier than they made it look on the telly, naturally, but it remains...
17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158, USA
Seattle has long had a reputation for its incredible influence on music and Sea Tac airport shows off the hometown pride as soon as you hit the terminal. The Music Initiative celebrates Seattle's music culture through live musical performances,...
Zühtüpaşa Mahallesi, Recep Peker Cad. No:27, 81040 Kızıltoprak / Kadıköy/Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Flying business class on Turkish Airlines is a lavish experience. Expect a candlelit five-course dinner served by their flying chefs. This selection of appetizers only counts as one course ;) It's no wonder they are considered the best airlines in...
500 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Lemonade in the L.A. International Airport offers inexpensive fresh food options. It's is the only place in the airport that gets me to shell out some hard-earned cash on a semi-regular basis (I'm in the airport a lot). It's a bit of a splurge,...
San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
When the airline industry began to thrive in the 1930's, San Francisco Airport's passenger lobby was one of the most luxurious centers to take off from. The classic space has been adapted into the free Aviation Library and Museum—used as a...
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