VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
British Columbia’s natural and cultural beauty is on display throughout, but the biggest attraction is the 30,000- gallon aquarium, particularly with its huge jellyfish population.
O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
While O’Hare’s aviation-themed detours, including full-size model planes, are certainly captivating, they have nothing on the four-story-high Brachiosaurus skeleton looming in Terminal 1.
Photo: Singapore Changi International Airport
SINGAPORE CHANGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
The airport, awarded top honors across the globe for its “habitat,” has multiple gardens, a butterfly sanctuary , a koi pond and much more.
MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
MALL OF AMERICA
Trains leave about every 10 minutes from this airport to the neighboring supermall. Of particular note: Your kids (and the kid in you) will giggle after playing in the supersize LEGO Imagination Center— a store and playzone nearly as tall as, well, O’Hare’s Brachiosaurus.
Photo: Los Angeles International Airport
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
LAX’s famed Theme Building is probably best known for this full-globe viewing spot in a spacey-looking dome built in the 1950s.After three years of renovations, it re-opened to the public a couple of months ago . For now, it’s only open on weekends, but the panoramic view is worth the wait.
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
No airport art installation is more talked about than this one, featuring massive paintings of endangered animals and the anguished faces of children and other oddities by Chicano artist LeoTanguma. Passers-by may be confused at first, but his wild view of our country’s culture is worth a few minutes of your layover.