Airports You Wouldn’t Mind Being Stuck In For Hours

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1. Changi International Airport

Changi International Airport

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Where: Changi, Singapore

There’s a roof-top pool and jacuzzi and a fun slide for passengers. If that’s not cool, then what is?


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2. Incheon International Airport

Incheon International Airport

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Where: Seoul, South Korea

If you like DIY stuff, then you’ll love this airport. You can learn how to make kites and embroidery at the Korean Cultural Experience Zone.


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3. Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport

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Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Let’s face it: LOTR is amazing and Wellington kicks ass. It’s got a “Middle of Middle-Earth” airport, which features three installationsincluding: Smaug the Magnificent, Gandalf and the Great Eagles, and Gollum. Win!


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4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Where: Schiphol, Netherlands

There’s so much to do here. You can check out some artwork by the Dutch masters or you can get married. No joke. There are four wedding packages to choose from, including a 1930’s-style wedding held on a Dakota aircraft.


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5. Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

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Where: Hong Kong, China

What’s better than going to the movies? Going to the movies in a goddamn airport. It’s got an UA IMAX cinema, which has the biggest screen in Hong Kong.


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6. San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport

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Where: San Francisco, CA

Expand your mind with the airport’s museums and elaborate art installations. There are 20 galleries across four terminals so the possibilities are endless.


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7. Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport

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Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Indoor swimming pool? Check. Zen gardens? Check. Snoozecubes (a.k.a. beds for rent)? Check. Cinnabon for snacking? Check. This airport is a dream come true.


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8. O’Hare International Airport

O'Hare International Airport

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Where: Chicago, IL

Sure, you could sit at a Starbucks and chug a frappuccino—or you could go through this amazing tunnel that has a killer light show designed by Canadian artist Michael Hayden called Sky’s the Limit.


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9. Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport

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Where: Zurich, Switzerland

Want to take a bike ride around the airport? Well, you can! Just go to the airport’s sports equipment rental facility and it’s all yours.


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10. Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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Where: Sepang, Malaysia

It’s got a jungle boardwalk. Enough said.


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11. Munich Airport

Munich Airport

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Where: Munich, Germany

One word: beer. Grab a few pints before your flight at Airbräu, the world’s first airport brewery. The beer garden is uh-mazing!


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12. Nashville International Airport

Nashville International Airport

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Where: Nashville, TN

With a total of four stages, live concerts are very much a thing at this airport. Sit back and listen to some country and jazz (or both)!


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13. Bilbao Airport

Bilbao Airport

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Where: Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is a neofuturistic dream come true for anyone who loves to Instagram the shit out of everything. Also, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is, literally, a 15-minute drive from the airport. Why not take a field trip if your flight’s been delayed, right?


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14. Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport

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Where: Auckland, New Zealand

Grab a drink and take a stroll through the Mare, a Maori meeting spot that features beautiful carvings and textiles.


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15. London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport

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Where: London, England

If you love fashion and you have a lot of money, then you can make an appointment with a personal shopper and visit high-end stores like Alexander McQueen—or you can stock up on Cadbury chocolate because it’s no longer being imported into the States.


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16. Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

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Where: Beijing, China

If you’re looking to get a last-minute taste of China, this airport has a great restaurant called Comfort Garden that serves pure, authentic tea.


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17. Marrakech Menara Airport

Marrakech Menara Airport

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Where: Marrakech, Morocco

This airport’s souvenir game is on-point. If you need to do some last-minute shopping, this place has everything: essential oils, rugs, babouches, leather goods, wickerwork, etc. Mom and Dad will thank you.


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18. Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

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Where: Madrid, Spain

Are you looking to find some much needed zen in your life? Terminal 4 was designed to give passengers a stress-free experience with its glass walls and use of natural light.


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19. Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport

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Where: Osaka, Japan

Do you like food? Of course, you do! This airport’s got some delicious Japanese food. Your stomach will thank you.


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