Megan McGregor in
, Travel Links
Jul 10th, 2011 |
Whether you travel just once a year, once a month or even more, airports can quickly start to look the same. There are, however a lot of unique and interesting airport features out there, and we’re going to take you state-by-state to find the must-see attractions at each major airport so you can scope out your stop ahead of time and be sure to check it out for yourself.
Here’s the first installment of our Tour of Airports feature. Four “A” states to cover so without further ado, here we go:
- Alabama: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)
The airport is currently undergoing a major renovation (timeline: 3-5 years) that will doubtlessly include some must-see items when it is done. But for now the must-see feature is actually next door- well, really 3 blocks away: the Southern Museum of Flight, which has plenty of neat things to see, including artifacts from the Red Baron and Amelia Earhart. One of the most popular attractions are the realistic flight simulators.
Photo credit: Southern Museum of Flight website
- Alaska: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
Photo credit: photobucket user esina000
If you can tear yourself away from the windows that display the beautiful mountains that surround the city, you will find stuffed bears that are fun for both kids and adults to check out close-up, including a polar bear and this record Kodiak grizzly bear below.
Photo credit: Stuck At the Airport blog
- Arizona: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
PHX was the first airport to install the “backscatter” x-ray scanners in 2007, and they are so pro-pet that they have a pet park in each of the three (!) terminals, but we’ll have to go with the view as one of the main attractions at this airport (beautifully different from the mountains in ANC), especially if you can catch it as the sun is setting.
Photo credit: Flickr user LoLo_09
- Arkansas: Little Rock National Airport/Adams Field (LIT)
Little Rock’s airport is the smallest on the list, but still has some features worth checking out. The first item, however, isn’t actually in the airport… it’s their really user-friendly website, including social media! Well done. The big boys should take notes (hear that, ANC?!?).
Photo credit: www.fly-lit.com
There is also the “Arkansas Gallery” that showcases art and culture of the state and free concerts at the “Market Place” stage, both of which are outside of security.
Next up: the “C” states! Stay tuned, and in the meantime please let us know if you have a tip for an airport you frequent.
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