Minneapolis/St. Paul has one thing going for them: best airport 4 years in a row

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

2o20 in Minneapolis wasn’t a year to brag about. Living in Minneapolis really isn’t a thing to brag about at all. But today, my backyard (Minneapolis) is getting some recognition, one of the few upsides.

Minneapolis/St. Paul fits in all of those cliche tourism board punchlines, ‘cultured, musically driven, great restaurant scene and beautiful landscapes”. Tourism boards have been ripping these off since Wikipedia.

For Minneapolis specifically, they should say.  “the twin cities airport has been named the nations best for the last 4 years, making it incredibly easy to get into and most importantly, out of”


The truth is, this claim is backed by many. Over the years MSP Airport has brought home a number of accolades, and for good reason. “In 2019 alone, USA Today named MSP the Best Airport for Dining and 2nd Best Airport for Shopping. A number of MSP restaurants, bars, and retail outlets also brought home Airport Experience News awards.” And in March of 2020, before the pandemic, MSP was named the best airport for the 4th year in a row.

We are home to Delta Air Line’s second-largest hub, served by a total of 17 airlines to 167 nonstop destinations, numbers to be reckoned with.


Eats

Fan Favorites

  • Dunkin Donuts: MSP Mall
  • ChickFila: Concourse C
  • Joe and the Juice: Concourse C
  • Aunt Annes: MSP Mall
  • Panda Express: Concourse F

Local flare: 

  • Blue Door Pub: Concourse A
  • hi lo diner: Concourse F
  • Red Cow: Concourse E
  • Black Sheep Pizza: MSP Mall
  • Smack Shack: MSP Mall

MSP frequently wins awards for its food and retail concessions, offering all fan favorites before their flight with a touch of local flare. Some of our favorites include Blue Door Pub if you are looking for some greasy bar food and a beer, or Black Sheep Pizza, for some of the best za in the area.


Wifi Speeds

“Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is just ahead with download speeds of 7.06 and upload speeds of 4.9. MSP was also ranked the best airport of its size in North America for the second year in a row.”

We all expect free wifi when traveling, whether that is at the hotel, in the restaurant, or at the airport. For airports, the expectation is low, but if you happen to be hanging in MSP for an extended period of time, don’t fret.


Amenities

The Walking Path

MSP has an official 1.4-mile walking path in Terminal 1, sponsored by the American Heart Association. It’s a healthy way to pass the time on a layover or to walk off some of that gourmet airport fare.

No appointment pampering

Pop into locally founded Aveda to sample some products, get a pre-flight adjustment at The Chiroport, or sit back and enjoy a premium shoe shine. You can even get a full mani/pedi, hair styling, and facial treatments at XpresSpa; no appointment necessary.

Luxury Lodging

Stay on-site at the InterContinental Hotel and catch an extra hour of sleep. The hotel features a spa, two restaurants, a penthouse cocktail bar, and a fitness center. The airport and hotel are connected through skyway, never having to go outside for your next flight.


Conclusion

As I write this from a rental in Flordia, I am well aware my home airport is the best airport in the nation. The fact of the matter is, I love leaving Minneapolis, and might never come back, but if I do, I know returning isn’t all that bad. Might see ya, might not.