America's Best Airports

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Find out which airports are the best in the nation, according to Travel + Leisure readers.

No. 1 Portland International Airport, OR (PDX)

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Portland’s airport knows how to impress. The overall favorite U.S. airport ranked No. 2 for design and for shopping, and third for food; try Stanford’s for fish tacos, burgers, or BLTs. PDX is also likely to keep you on schedule—it has an 87.5 percent on-time departure record, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While its location was considered a shortcoming, Denver-based reader Jodianne Escalante acknowledges: “I like the light-rail to and from the airport.”

America's Best Airports

No. 1 Portland International Airport, OR (PDX)

Portland’s airport knows how to impress. The overall favorite U.S. airport ranked No. 2 for design and for shopping, and third for food; try Stanford’s for fish tacos, burgers, or BLTs. PDX is also likely to keep you on schedule—it has an 87.5 percent on-time departure record, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While its location was considered a shortcoming, Denver-based reader Jodianne Escalante acknowledges: “I like the light-rail to and from the airport.”

Courtesy of Port of Portland

America's Best Airports

Portland, OR, has a reputation for hipsters, but its airport makes a positive impression on all kinds of travelers thanks to quality food and shopping options and the likelihood of an on-time departure. So, if your next itinerary includes PDX—rated the nation’s No. 1 airport—consider yourself lucky.

That’s the takeaway from the results of the World’s Best Awards reader survey. For this online slideshow, Travel + Leisure editors tallied votes for a range of 67 major and regional airports in six categories: flight delays; design; food and drink; shopping; check-in; and location. The online list is broader than the coverage in Travel + Leisure magazine's November issue, which emphasized big-city airports.

Related: Best and Worst Airlines for Flight Delays

If the slideshow results point to a trend, it’s that travelers appreciate smaller airports like Tampa International and Rhode Island’s T. F. Green Airport for the smooth check-in process and efficient layout. Some actually heading to Boston, an hour away, will opt to arrive at easy-breezy T. F. Green rather than congested Logan Airport.

Read on for more great U.S. airports that are taking the hassle out of flying.

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