Travel + Leisure: MSP is America’s Best Airport

The magazine said it "may be the cheeriest and most welcoming airport in the nation," adding that readers enjoyed its shopping and food and drink options.

Flying always comes with its ups and downs-and its own set of baggage.

But next time you're departing from the Twin Cities, consider this: The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine crowned the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) America's best airport.

Travel + Leisure said it “may be the cheeriest and most welcoming airport in the nation,” adding that its readers also enjoyed MSP's shopping and food and drink options.

In terms of ease of check-in and security, MSP also took the top spot-and it came in second for design and cleanliness, baggage handling, staff communication, and airport location.

The only area in which it didn't make the top ranks was Wi-Fi offerings; it placed 11th.

The rankings are based on the results of Travel + Leisure's first-ever airport survey. Readers were asked to rate America's 22 major airports in seven categories: flight delays, design, amenities, food and drink, check-in and security, service, and transportation and location.

According to the magazine, “the best-scoring airports have tackled these issues head-on, refurbishing terminals and adding amenities that make the worst airports look evermore outdated by comparison.”

Behind MSP, the next most-highly rated airports were Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Michigan, and Orlando International Airport in Florida.

The worst-ranked airports, among the 22 included on the list, were LaGuardia Airport in New York, Los Angeles International Airport in California, and Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania.

To see the full list of “America's Best and Worst Airports,” click here.

In addition to having a top-notch airport, the Twin Cities also ranked third on Travel + Leisure's recently released list of “America's Greenest Cities.”

The magazine, which had its readers rank 35 major metro areas on a variety of qualities, called the area “one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation” and touted its 46 miles of city bikeways and 84 miles of off-street paths.

“If you'd rather stay inside, check out one of the many 'green' restaurants, such as the Red Stag Supper Club, known for both its 'Slow Food Sundays' and for being the first U.S. restaurant illuminated entirely by LED lights,” Travel + Leisure said.

To see the full list of “America's Greenest Cities,” click here.