Unless you’re enjoying the first-class lounge, you probably want to minimize how much of your precious vacation time is spent at the airport. Cramped and uncomfortable seating, harsh lighting, soggy salads, endless hours of staring at the departure screen — layovers are anything but fun. But with so many exotic destinations requiring connecting flights, they’re nearly impossible to avoid.
The good news is that a long layover doesn't have to feel like a death sentence. Many airports have introduced entertaining and innovative features that can turn airport downtime into hours well spent, thanks to zen gardens, rooftop pools, museums, world-class shopping, and even ice-skating rinks. Read on for 10 of the best airports to spend a long layover in — and get your holiday enjoyment started before you even arrive at your destination.