David Lawrence

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

No. 2 Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA)

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The kudos heaped on Tampa International by T+L readers might be enough to make you plan your next Florida trip around this West Coast city. The light-filled facility is ranked No. 3 for design. “With a layout designed for minimum walking, Tampa spoils you for other airports,” observes reader Judith Rogers of St. Petersburg, FL. A great location, better-than-average food options such as Cigar City Brewing, and shopping choices all contribute to Tampa’s airport appeal. Delays aren’t a problem, although check-in can sometimes be slow.

America's Best Airports

No. 2 Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA)

The kudos heaped on Tampa International by T+L readers might be enough to make you plan your next Florida trip around this West Coast city. The light-filled facility is ranked No. 3 for design. “With a layout designed for minimum walking, Tampa spoils you for other airports,” observes reader Judith Rogers of St. Petersburg, FL. A great location, better-than-average food options such as Cigar City Brewing, and shopping choices all contribute to Tampa’s airport appeal. Delays aren’t a problem, although check-in can sometimes be slow.

David Lawrence

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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