Sometimes airports — the place of delays, layovers, overpriced food and sleeping on the floor — get a bad rap, but not every airport is created equal. In fact, some airports can become a destination unto themselves. If you’re ever traveling through one of these eleven airports, you might not even want to leave.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Passengers headed in or out of Malaysia can get a taste of the country’s flora and fauna without even leaving the airport. With a rainforest (complete with waterfall) in the middle of the terminal, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is practically a destination itself.
Portland International Airport
This Portland airport hosts a movie theater featuring short films by Oregon filmmakers. Free for ticketed passengers, movies are shown 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Singapore Changi International Airport
There’s no way you can get bored at this Singapore Airport. Try going for a swim in the rooftop pool, watching a free screening of a new release, checking out the world’s largest kinetic sculpture, wandering the sunflower garden, cactus garden, or orchid garden, sliding down the 40 ft slide or hanging out with over 1,000 butterflies in a butterfly garden that even hosts a waterfall.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Spend your layover perfecting your golf game on the second level of this Minnesota airport where you can find 12,000 square-feet of golf simulators and putting greens. Additional services include a pro shop, swing analyzer, and professional golf lessons — that way when you step off the plane and onto the course for your business meeting, you’ll be ready to go.
Velana International Airport
This airport is entirely surrounded by water. Although there isn’t much to see inside, you’ll have incredible views of the Indian Ocean while you wait.
This European airport hosts a delightful library. With cozy armchairs and plenty of books, travelers are encouraged to take a book to borrow during their journey. You can even leave a note of where the book has been for the next reader to enjoy.
Nashville International Airport
It wouldn’t be “Music City” without the music and Nashville’s airport is no different. BNA hosts over 700 performances from local artists every year. Check out this month’s performance schedule here to catch a show while you’re waiting for your flight.
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Airport is home to the Aviation Discovery Center where you can learn about airplanes and even try your hand at flying in the professional flight simulator. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, catch a movie at the airport’s IMAX theater.
Named “Europe’s Best Airport” by the World Airport Awards, this airport is gorgeous. It has the world’s only airport brewery and every December the airport hosts a Bavarian Christmas market complete with over 50 stalls and a huge ice skating rink.
San Francisco International Airport
Offer your body a stretch after a cramped journey in San Fran’s free yoga studio — one of many airport yoga studios throughout the world.
If your last red eye didn’t offer any rest, this Finland airport’s got you covered. It has a fleet of GoSleep pods — comfortable and private spots to get some shut eye. Each pod has a place to store your luggage, a power outlet and an ergonomic bed.