Best Layover Mini-Vacations

Who needs the boring airport when you can get out and explore?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 5:33 PM CDT
Best Layover Mini-Vacations
A cable car makes its way down Powell Street headed for Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Stuck with a long layover? You don’t have to idle in the airport. Condé Nast Traveler presents its readers' best suggestions for killing an hour or 4:

  • Honolulu: Take a 25-minute cab ride to Waikiki Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, and views of Diamond Head crater.
  • London: Get downtown on the Heathrow Express in just 15 minutes, then take the Underground to museums, Big Ben, or the London Eye.

  • San Francisco: Public transportation will get you downtown, just a short walk from Chinatown or the famous cable cars, in about 30 minutes.
  • Minneapolis: Did someone say shopping? You can be at the Mall of America in about 10 minutes.
  • Los Angeles: The airport can be tough to deal with, but luckily it’s just half an hour’s cab ride from the Santa Monica Pier, which offers 2-hour trapeze classes.
  • Vancouver: Take a $25 cab ride to Granville Island, a popular public market—you can rent a kayak when you’re done perusing the local goods.
  • Singapore: You might not want to leave the Changi Airport: It features a rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a variety of nature trails, and a movie lounge.
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