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San Francisco's New United Terminal Gets an Artsy Upgrade

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United is celebrating the reopening of its Terminal 3 East at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with an online sweepstakes for two free tickets. All voters need to do is choose their favorite feature at the $138 million renovation of T3E, helmed by design firms Hansel Phelps, Gensler, and KPA.

Here, six aspects of the new space T+L loves most:

  1. You can stay connected: Over 375 power outlets dispersed at work stations, make it easier than ever to keep your gadgets up and running—to better enjoy SFO's free WiFi.

  2. Or you can disconnect: Yoga studios let visitors find their zen before that longhaul to Hong Kong.

  3. You'll actually want to visit the bathroom: With private dressing rooms and comfortable nursing areas, it's no wonder SFO is touting these as “5-star restrooms.”

  4. You are surrounded by art: Not only can passengers see works by artists such as Wayne Thiebaud and Jay DeFeo, they can also sit in iconic Fritz Hansen “egg” chairs and Bouloum loungers.

  5. Your carbon footprint will shrink: T3E should earn LEED Gold certification, thanks to its eco-conscious design (think lots of natural light, locally-sourced construction materials, and cool roof technology).

  6. Shopping for souvenirs just got easier: Between new editions at Aviator News & Books, handcrafted jewelry from Boucle, and organic cosmetics at 100% Pure, you may just consider saving all your souvenir shopping for the layover back home.

Voting takes place through the end of today. Think fast!

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can folllow him on Twitter at @pschles08

Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

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