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Best Large Airport (2021)

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  • Denver International Airport

    Denver International Airport
    Denver, Colorado

    Denver International Airport ranks among the most visually striking in North America, and it also wins points for its stellar art collection and abundant dining options. Unlike some of the big, more congested airports further east, Denver has a light and airy feel, with most everything in easy walking distance.
    Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport consistently ranks among the country's best airports for shopping and dining, which is good news for the busiest airport in the world. Despite its size, the airport is surprisingly easy to navigate. Free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available throughout.
    Photo courtesy of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport opened a new terminal in late 2019, inspired by the Mississippi River. The modern, spacious terminal features some 30 dining options (including local favorites like Cafe du Monde, Emeril’s Table, Leah’s Kitchen and Angelo Brocato), as well as free Wi-Fi, charging points at half the departure gates and live music in the Jazz Garden.
    Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
    Dallas, Texas

    DFW, the Dallas area’s biggest airfield and the fourth largest airport in the country, has all the amenities of a major airport. It’s also one of the country’s most connected, and passengers traveling through enjoy more than 70 food choices, plenty of shopping, plus luxuries like spas, top-notch lounges, a pet hotel and a yoga studio.
    Photo courtesy of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

  • Orlando International Airport

    Orlando International Airport
    Orlando, Florida

    Orlando International Airport, the gateway to the Theme Park Capital of the World, scores points for customer satisfaction, as well as its robust retail program. The award-winning art collection adds splashes of color and whimsy to the passenger terminals.
    Photo courtesy of Orlando International Airport

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    Seattle, Washington

    Seattle-Tacoma frequently ranks among the world’s best airports, earning high scores for its design and passenger comfort. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a half-mile Art Walk, live music, abundant power outlets and plenty of dining choices (including some that stay open 24 hours).
    Photo courtesy of Don Wilson / Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

  • Nashville International Airport

    Nashville International Airport
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Passengers have rated Nashville International Airport among the best in the US, according to a survey by JD Power. Travelers enjoy live music at six performance areas throughout the facility, art exhibitions, free Wi-Fi and plenty of local dining (Tennessee Brew Works, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and the Jack Daniels-themed Tennessee Tavern.)
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Art Wager

  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    Detroit, Michigan

    Detroit’s airport has evolved from a poorly rated airport to one of the nation’s best in customer satisfaction ratings, with service to more than 140 domestic and international destinations. It’s Delta’s second-largest hub. Despite its size, the airport wins points for being easy to navigate, with a modern, well-designed terminal ranked highly for both shopping and dining.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
    Washington, DC

    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest airport to DC’s numerous attractions – it even has its own metro stop, making it super convenient. It also scores points for its relatively short security wait times, good dining options and excellent views during takeoff and landing.
    Photo courtesy of Reagan National Airport

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
    Austin, Texas

    Austin influences are on display throughout the city’s airport, from its local food offerings (Hut’s Hamburgers, Ruta Maya Coffee, Saxon Pub, The Salt Lick and Amy’s Ice Cream to name a few) to abundant art installations and live music on stages throughout the airport.
    Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Spending time at the airport is an inevitable part of most travel experiences, and the quality of the airport itself can make a big difference. Passenger satisfaction at North American airports is on the rise, according to recent studies by JD Power, and these 10 large airports across the continent (each serving more than 12 million passengers annually) are leading the charge.

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

  1. Denver International Airport - Denver, Colorado
  2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport - New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - Dallas, Texas
  5. Orlando International Airport - Orlando, Florida
  6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Seattle, Washington
  7. Nashville International Airport - Nashville, Tennessee
  8. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport - Detroit, Michigan
  9. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Washington, DC
  10. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Austin, Texas

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airports!

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