As many of us know, the holidays at the airport mean several unfortunate things for travelers. From busy terminals and long lines (not to mention tired and anxious travelers), Thanksgiving at the airport isn’t the most fun. We might not want to admit it, but some of us might even prefer being with family to a four-hour layover!
Every year, Orbitz releases a list of the busiest airports in America. According to the Orbitz website, they "review the top 50 U.S. airports based on flight bookings, and identifies those that will be the most and least-busy for travel" during the days surrounding Thanksgiving. With Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles International battling it out for the top spot for the past few years, it is expected that one of the two will be ranked number one in 2013 as well.
While traveling during the holidays isn’t the most fun, there are a few things that make it better, one being something good to eat. We took a look at the best airport restaurants and popular review sites for each airport to find out where to eat while you’re waiting for your flight. Most of the time a fuller belly makes for a happier traveler! And let’s be honest, the snacks given out by the actual airlines aren’t going to cut it.
Although we can’t help with the lines, we can help with food recommendations. Taking Orbitz’s list into consideration, we’ve rounded up the best food options at the busiest airports during the Thanksgiving season, including Pink’s Hot Dogs in Los Angeles International Airport to Denver’s Boulder Beer Tap House and LaGuardia’s famous pizza shops Crust and Tagliare. Click through our slideshow to be prepared for this year's hectic holiday season!