Regular travellers know that anything goes at the airport. A whiskey neat at 9am? No problem: it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. How about a plate of chicken wings for breakfast, with another Bloody Mary? Anything to dull the pain of having to hang out for hours in a dystopian terminal. But not all airports are created equal. In fact, some are becoming destinations in themselves.
From indoor gardens to art museums and the world’s largest indoor waterfall, a clutch of airports around the world have been given major upgrades in recent years. Some opt for passenger comfort with free sleeping lounges, showers and massage chairs. Several will even hook you up with a free tour of your stopover city.
For some, a long layover may be tantamount to torture – but at these airports, from Amsterdam to Dubai to San Francisco, you won’t mind having a few hours to wander around. In fact, you may find yourself wishing you had even more time to explore the terminals (and the world outside). Here are nine of the coolest airports in the world right now.
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