Do you love gazing through the window at the scenery on final descent? Looking to visit an airport with more than just a food court and a long line at the coffee shop? Try booking a flight with a layover at some of the coolest airports in America! From scenic views in-flight to an exciting layover experience, a handful of airports offer a fresh take on flying commercial. Here’s our list of the top five coolest airports in America.
Kona International Airport
Your Hawaiian vacation experience starts and ends with the atmosphere of the Big Island at Kona International Airport! You’ll step off the airplane after a long flight from the mainland and enjoy the fresh island air as you make your way through the all-outdoor terminal. Yes, even the security screening area is outside! With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the mountainous, lush island landscape to the east, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours waiting for your next flight.
Jackson Hole Airport
If you’re lucky enough to land in Jackson on a clear day, get your camera ready and enjoy the scenic flight alongside the majestic Teton Mountain range on the descent. Located inside the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport in America that is inside of a designated national park. With a modern-yet-rustic design that includes huge windows, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the mountains while you wait at your gate.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains sits one of the most challenging airports in the world for pilots. While Aspen might require some extra planning from the flight deck, passengers can enjoy a dazzling display of mountain scenery on descent. With ski slopes visible from the end of the runway, Aspen is a thrill for passengers and pilots alike.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Mention the notorious “river visual approach” to most commercial pilots, and most will tell you that it’s one of the most iconic and exciting maneuvers to fly in an airliner. Straddling the Potomac River between Washington D.C. and Virginia, this approach offers a stunning perspective to the city’s famed landmarks. Take a quick car ride over to Gravelly Point Park for some of the best plane spotting in the country. Plus, the airport is just minutes from the city by Metro, making it one of the most easily accessed in America.
San Francisco International Airport
For a mix of stunning views and airport amenities, San Francisco is an excellent place to spend a layover for an hour or two. With runways jutting out into the bay, you’ll be treated to views of the city, the stunning California coast, and, if you’re lucky, the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, the airport boasts some excellent dining and shopping options inspired by favorite local and national brands. Stock up on sourdough or chocolates, or shop for luxury items to pass the time before your flight.