Best Airports for Long Layovers
Busy travel seasons can translate into long layovers for families flying near and far to see relatives. Instead of dreading a long layover, the amenities at these four airports will make you appreciate the time between flights. See our list of the best airports for long layovers:
San Francisco International Airport, SFO
Take a few belly breaths at the yoga rooms in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 before leaving San Francisco. These calming spaces remain open 24 hours, seven days a week for yoga, meditation and relaxation.
Families that are looking for ways to distract children have several different options at San Francisco International Airport. Take a 30-minute self guided tour of each terminal with stops along various art installations. Children can even collect a prize after the tour at the information desk in the terminal. Kids will love the Kids’ Spots in Terminals 2 and 3 with the latter area featuring a cool Spirogyrate by artist Eric Staller.
>> Find great views of the bay at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport, ORD
Celebrate all that is green at Chicago O’Hare with the first airport aeroponic garden in Terminal 3. Passengers can view the garden that grows produce like Swiss chard, cilantro, bibb lettuce, varieties of basil and green beans. In the nearby lounge area, your family can enjoy a meal that may contain vegetables and herbs grown just a few feet away.
For inner relaxation, Chicago O’Hare International Airport also provides a yoga room near the Urban Garden. A video monitor displays exercises and relaxing imagery for guests while another monitor outside the room keeps travelers up-to-date with flight information.
>> Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport is the only hotel with underground walkways to all domestic terminals and the train to downtown Chicago.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DFW
Perfect for a long layover, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport invites travelers to explore the art walk in the international terminal with a self-guided tour. There is even a downloadable podcast that you can follow along with. More than 30 local, national and international artists are featured throughout the terminal and Skylink stations. The airport also features a nearly 3/4-mile walking path and a play area for kids to work off their energy in kid-friendly area.
Need a nap or bit of quiet before a flight? Minute Suites offers 10 private, noise-controlled rooms where you can close your eyes and doze, as well as two shower suites for a quick refresh.
>> Not your typical airport hotel, Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center is located on a 40-acre lakeside property featuring horseback riding, fishing and jogging trails.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, PHX
A one-mile indoor trail awaits travelers flying in and out of Phoenix. The Sky Harbor Fitness Trail helps airport travelers get exercise between flights and allows children to get their wiggles out. The one-mile course offers sites of Phoenix and views of mountains and parks, including Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain, the PHS Sky Train Bridge (the world’s largest mass transit bridge over an active taxiway at a major airport) and South Mountain Park and Preserve.
>> Need a place to stay? Check out the newly renovated Hilton Phoenix Airport.
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