While we often focus on our destination when we travel, sometimes an incredible airport experience can really enhance the journey -- especially if we're stuck somewhere on a layover. Forget about the boring gift shops, food courts, and uncomfortable chairs at typical airports. Many airports these days are going above and beyond to create a fun and relaxing visit for travelers. From impressive art collections and Zen gardens for exploring to movie theaters, swimming pools, and world-class dining, these are the most passenger-friendly airports in the world.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CALIFORNIA
HELSINKI AIRPORT, FINLAND
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, HONG KONG
NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TENNESSEE
Visitors to Music City are treated to plenty of live tunes, thanks to six performance venues throughout Nashville International Airport, which feature local and international acts. You can also enjoy artwork throughout the terminals, including sculptures, mobiles, and an interactive seating area with mosaic sculptures of butterflies and more. You can dine at numerous local and national eateries, and while you can also drink at bars like the popular Tennessee Brew Works, you can also take your adult beverages anywhere (except on the plane) thanks to a rare airport-wide liquor license.