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Slideshow: 8 Airports Where Layovers Are a Delight

Take the boredom out of layovers at these unexpectedly exciting airports
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Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport, Singapore

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Changi Airport is a great layover airport for foodies and also those traveling with children because there are toy stores, play areas, and video arcades. There are several gardens, including a butterfly garden with a waterfall, and free city tours to make the most of your experience (if you have more than three hours to spare). If you’re looking for a more restful experience, check out the airport’s snooze zones and terminal showers to freshen up. 

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Texas

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If you need to get work done during your layover in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, you’ll find work areas in the airport’s free travel lounges. Other great features to take advantage of during your layover include the free, 24-hour yoga studio, the airport’s art collection, and countless restaurants to spend your time eating and drinking.

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Dubai International Airport, Dubai

Dubai International Airport, Dubai

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Airports have caught on to the frequent flyer’s need for a quiet place to get some rest. Dubai International Airport offers Snooze Cubes for rent with a two-hour minimum and lounges for both first class and business class travelers on every airline. Dubai International also has many restaurants, from quick eats at Le Pain Quotidien to seafood meals at Caviar House and Prunier.

Click here for what to do if you have a day in Dubai.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia

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The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a dog-friendly airport with two dog parks where your pet can stretch its legs and run around during a layover. Once you’ve let Fido get some fresh air, enjoy fine dining at One Flew South, the farm-to-table restaurant that also offers sushi options along with everything else. If you have time, take a 20-minute trip to downtown Atlanta from the airport’s MARTA station.

Incheon International Airport, Seoul

Incheon International Airport, Seoul

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With seven gardens to explore, you’ll find zen during your layover in Incheon International Airport. There are interesting amenities here that you don’t hear of often like free showers, a post office, dry cleaning, and even a medical team if you need it. With spas, shopping, a golf course, theaters, an ice rink, and the Korean Culture Museum, the list is endless. If you’re going to be stuck in an airport for a layover, this is where you want to be.

If you have time to explore Seoul, stop by some of the city’s must-see quirky coffee shops.

Munich Airport, Germany

Munich Airport, Germany

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The Munich Airport has its own brewery, free Wi-Fi, and an ice skating rink during the winter. If you have a long layover in Munich, there is plenty available to keep busy — from playgrounds for children to activities beyond the airport (depending on how much time you have). If you just want a quick nap or some quiet time, you can get that, too. For 10 euros an hour you can rent out a napping pod that has a bed and small desk.

Click here for what to do in Munich if you have 24 hours

Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan

Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan

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Shopping and eating are staples of any airport, but not every airport is so detailed as to have more than 30 lounges, each with a different theme. Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport has free massage chairs, a library, a gym, a zen garden, and video games. If you have a long enough layover, take a free half-day tour of the city to sites such as Taipei 101 and Zushi Temple. 

Vancouver International Airport, Canada

Vancouver International Airport, Canada

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With an aquarium inside the Vancouver International Airport, there’s virtually no reason to leave the premises. There are restaurants to dine at (such as Globe@YVR, which made our list of best airport restaurants), a self-guided art tour of the airport you can download to your phone, and an indoor creek you can sit by and relax. If you’d still like to explore the city during your layover, take a 28-minute Canada Line trip to downtown Vancouver.

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