Best Airport for Shopping? Miami International!

Dallas/Fort Worth International, Vancouver International, Orlando International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airports in top five

Have time to kill at the airport? How about a little retail therapy! According to USA TODAY 10Best readers, these 10 North American airports have some of the best concession programs out there, where traveling shoppers can find everything from designer products to local souvenirs.

  • Pittsburgh International Airport
    Pittsburgh

    Travelers will find many shopping choices in the center core of Pittsburgh International Airport. Appealing options include Armani, Brookstone, Lacoste and others.
    Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh International Airport

  • San Diego International Airport
    San Diego

    The San Diego International Airport shopping experience has set the tone for airport retail. In addition to national brands found in traditional malls, the Airport features locally-themed shops to bring the feel of San Diego right to the gate, a duty free store and two airport spas
    Photo courtesy of San Diego International Airport

  • Los Angeles International Airport
    Los Angeles

    LAX is brimming with great shopping options. The additions of Fred Segal, iStore, Michael Kors, Victoria's Secret, Coach and more elevate the retail program in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Other great brands throughout the airport include Univision, Harley Davidson and Spanx.
    Photo courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport

  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
    Minneapolis

    Sophisticated design and local flair distinguish MSP’s retail offerings. Highlights include the first-ever airport Aveda store, custom-made Hammer Made men’s shirts and regional artisan merchandise from Uptown Minnesota. National mainstays (Sunglass Hut, Brookstone, Simply Books) service every need.
    Photo courtesy of J Brew / Flickr

  • Calgary International Airport
    Calgary

    The closest international airport to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, YYC’s concession program provides travelers, visitors and the more than 24,000 people who work on the airport property with access to more than 135 shops, restaurants and services both pre- and post-security. In addition to the duty free options, YYC features outlets offering wares from well-known local brands as well as nationally-recognized stores and restaurants. The airport is opening a new international terminal in the fall of 2016, which will add another 50 retail outlets to the facility, including a number of Canadian and airport firsts.
    Photo courtesy of Calgary International Airport

  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    Detroit

    The concessions program at DTW has recently taken a giant-leap forward delivering stores such as Porsche Design/Hugo Boss, Johnston and Murphy and the first-of-its-kind Beauty Boutique by Estee Lauder. DTW has replaced gift-news concepts with “travel stores,” creating the ultimate customer convenience by blending in coffee concepts such as DTW’s award winning, Wall Street Journal/Starbuck’s.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

  • Orlando International Airport
    Orlando

    Orlando International Airport satisfies the shopping needs of many tourists with Disney and Universal stores pre-security. The airport features a very diverse lineup such of stores, including Harley Davidson, Kitson, Hello Kitty, Lush and others.
    Photo courtesy of Orlando International Airport

  • Vancouver International Airport
    Vancouver, B.C.

    Travelers enjoy plenty of duty free offerings in the international and U.S. terminals of Vancouver International Airport, as well as Discover Vancouver, Vancouver Kitchen and Thinking Canada, who offer a bevy of locally sourced products and memorable souvenirs. Recognizable brands, such as Virgin Books & Entertainment, Hermes, Life is good, Victoria's Secret and Travel + Leisure provide travelers with more choices.
    Photo courtesy of Larry Goldstein

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
    Dallas

    Like its food, there is certainly a variety of retail options for travelers at DFW. The shopping begins in Terminal D with a Brookstone, iStore, Hugo Boss and Swarovki among the notable tenants. But there are other choices depending on the needs of the traveler – everything from high-end to Dallas-focused souvenirs.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

  • Miami International Airport
    Miami

    There are plenty of Duty Free options, especially in the North Terminal, of Miami International. One of the highlights is the Shoppes at Ocean Drive in the same terminal. The airport has also developed a marketplace to showcase local vendors and products.
    Photo courtesy of Miami International AIrport

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport for Shopping are as follows:

  1. Miami International Airport
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  3. Vancouver International Airport
  4. Orlando International Airport
  5. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  6. Calgary International Airport
  7. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
  8. Los Angeles International Airport
  9. San Diego International Airport
  10. Pittsburgh International Airport

Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had three weeks to vote daily for their favorites.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning airports.

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