Spending time at the airport is typically an unavoidable aspect of travel. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing! 10Best wants to know what North American airports are the cream of the crop-places where you'd most want to have a layover as well as the best airport shops, restaurants, and amenities.
We teamed up with Airport Experience News (AXN) to nominate 15 airports or airport amenities across 10 categories. Vote for your favorites once per day now through Monday, January 28 at noon ET. The winners will be announced at the annual Airport Experience Conference on February 27.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Airport Bar
Where would you go to grab a pre-flight drink? — Photo courtesy of iStock / aapsky
There's nothing quite like a cold craft beer, glass of local wine or creative cocktail to make time spent waiting for a flight fly by. These 15 airport bars serve stellar drinks in relaxed atmospheres alongside excellent food. Which is your favorite?
Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere
Our nominees for Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere each offer a comfortable place to pass the time — Photo courtesy of iStock / HAKINMHAN
Whether laying over or waiting on a delayed flight, it's always nice to have somewhere comfortable to pass the time at the airport. These 15 airport bars and restaurants excel in the atmosphere arena, making them ideal options for spending an hour or two pre-flight.
Best Airport for Dining
Vote for the North American airport with the best dining options — Photo courtesy of iStock / Tzido
Eating at the airport doesn't mean you're stuck with bland, overpriced food. At least not at these 15 airports, nominated for having the best food concessions programs in North America. Which airport is your favorite place to dine?
Best Airport for Shopping
These airports, chosen for their stellar shopping, almost double as malls — Photo courtesy of iStock / izusek
A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport fly by. Airport Revenue News has nominated 15 airports with top-notch retail programs, offering travelers a wide range of shopping options on either side of security.
Best Airport Grab-And-Go Dining
Hungry and in a hurry? Grab a bite from one of these nominees — Photo courtesy of iStock / Tempura
There's not always time for a proper sit-down meal at the airport. When you're hungry but pressed for time before takeoff, these 15 grab-and-go restaurants are a welcome sight.
Best Airport Local / Regional Dining
Which airport restaurant serves the best local flavors? — Photo courtesy of iStock / bhofack2
One of the best ways of experiencing a destination is through its food. These 15 airport restaurants bring favorite local flavors right to hungry passengers.
Best Airport Newsstand / Travel Essential
When you need to stock up on snacks or pre-flight essentials, these shops deliver — Photo courtesy of iStock / olaser
Whether you're in search of a good airplane read, need an aspirin to kill a headache or simply want a quick pre-flight snack, these 15 airport shops have you covered with a range of travel essentials.
Best Airport Service / Amenity
What airport service or amenity is on your travel wishlist? — Photo courtesy of iStock / jacoblund
Airports across North America are finding innovative ways to offer travelers a comfortable, enjoyable transit experience. From spas and gyms to movie theaters and play areas, these 12 services and amenities were nominated by Airport Revenue News as the best in the industry.
Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise
Airport shops with local merchandise are perfect for picking up last-minute gifts — Photo courtesy of iStock / kali9
The best travel gifts and souvenirs encompass the spirit of the destinations where they were purchased. These 15 airport shops excel with their selection of regional and local merchandise.
Best Airport Sitdown Dining
Eating at the airport doesn't have to mean fast food; these sitdown options shine — Photo courtesy of iStock / andresr
Longer layovers at the airport don't have to be a drag, especially when you can use that extra time to dine at one of these 15 sitdown restaurants, nominated as the best in North America.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced at the Airport Experience Conference on February 27 and on 10Best.com on Thursday, February 28.