Our Five Favorite Layover Airports in America

Layovers, for many of us are unfortunately, unavoidable. They mainly pertain to those of us who live outside of hub airports or for those of us traveling to smaller destinations. Either way, they exist and are now a part of the traveler’s lifestyle. There are ways to make a long layover bearable and on occasion, fun. Depending where you are, many airports offer numerous amenities for the extended stays. Here at Lets Fly Cheaper we compiled a list of our five favorite airports for layovers and included a few things to do during the down time.

  1. Charlotte Douglas International Airport – This U.S Airway hub sees over 100,000 visitors daily. The airport has plenty of fantastic dining options and bars. Some of North Carolinas best BBQ can be had throughout the airport. In addition the Wi-Fi at the airport is free and fairly good as far as airport Wi-Fi goes. Retail outlets can be found within the airports beautiful atrium along with the airports signature white rocking chairs for those who just want to relax. We like the airport mainly because it’s easy to navigate and not very congested, even during peak hours.
  2. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas – Sin City knows how to appeal to just about everyone coming through their airport. Restaurants, bars and retail stores litter just about every corner of the airport. For those looking to win or lose a little money, there are plenty of slot machines throughout. The airport also has an aviation museum upstairs from the baggage claim which highlights the history of the airport as well as some notable, historic aviation achievements that happened in the Las Vegas area.
  3. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA – Americas busiest airport also has nearly 100 retail outlets for shopping and 110 dining options throughout this mega complex. The terminals are connected through a tunnel system which has a train or for those looking to get some exercise, walking is also an option. We do warn, the airport is extremely large and it gets very busy during peak hours. We recommend staying within one terminal of your departing flight.
  4. Denver International Airport – This United and Frontier Airlines hub host numerous amenities for cooped up passengers. The airport has over 50 retail shops and countless bar and dining options. Our personal favorite is the Boulder Beer Tap House which features some tasty micro brews from Colorado as well as good food. If wine is your thing, check out Lounge 5280 which is named after the elevation of the airport.
  5. Los Angeles International Airport – World famous for its unique architectural centerpiece, LAX is a great way to kill some time. People watching is abundant with the hopes of celebrity spotting. In addition, the airport has over 50 dining and drinking options as well as numerous retail outlets. Our personal favorite is Pink’s Hot Dogs which is an L.A landmark and a must see if you get stuck at LAX.