The 5 Best Airports In The U.S.

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Introducing the best airports in the U.S., as rated by Condé Nast Travelerreaders in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards survey. Is your airport hub on the list? Counting down...

10. Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP)

MSP airport scores high for shopping and dining options. There are no fewer than 50 stores that sell brand-name clothing and shoes, and there’s even an in-airport movie rental kiosk if you've already watched everything on your laptop. Restaurants include an outpost of the Fresh Meadow organic bakery, and a new app lets you order food from a variety of locations and have it delivered to your boarding gate.

9. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

If you don't have time to explore Austin itself, the airport is a great microcosm of the city. Hit up Salt Lick Bar-B-Que for some good eats, grab a coffee at Austin Java Coffee, and stop at one of the six live music venues with performances Monday through Friday. Just don't miss your flight.

8. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

PIT was one of the first airports in the country to adopt “street pricing” — a promise not to gouge captive customers — and not surprisingly, it can feel more like an indoor shopping mall than a bustling transportation hub. With more than 100 shops and eateries, travelers can do major damage at outposts of Armani Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Johnston and Murphy, and dozens of other brand-name retailers.

7. Long Beach Airport (LGB)

The classic 1940s-era terminal in Long Beach, California, reminds people of the glamour of flying, but it’s the newer concourse that really makes the airport shine. Lined with palm trees (that shade an outdoor wine bar), the airport makes you feel like you’re still in Southern California, rather than limbo between work and life. An added bonus: JetBlue dominates LGB with a hub here.

6. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

As Miami and Ft. Lauderdale grow ever larger and more crowded, Palm Beach remains the easiest airport to navigate in the region. In fact, PBI is banking on travelers having extra time; it installed a putting green for golf lovers to get some practice time in before jetting out of town.

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