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Setting the Scene: 7 Airports With Breathtaking Views

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By Ally Marotti for the CheapTickets Travel Blog At some airports, time in the terminal is a little more burdensome than at others. Maybe it's because the nearby food options suck, or because the weather around that airport is always bad, so hope of ever making it home begins to slip slowly away. One thing is for sure: a good view always makes time in the terminal go a little quicker, whether your flight is delayed or not.  And some airports boast views that are downright breathtaking. When debating layover options, make sure to route through one of these airports. View of the Front Range from Denver International Airport. Courtesy of Ken Lund. © Provided by The Huffington Post View of the Front Range from Denver International Airport. Courtesy of Ken Lund. View of the Front Range from Denver International Airport. Courtesy of Ken Lund. Denver International Airport -- Colorado DIA has won awards for its design, but the view of nature surrounding it is much more breathtaking. Although it is positioned more than a half hour's drive outside of Denver, the airport still features fantastic views of the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, you will likely only see the views if you're in Terminal West. Terminal East faces toward flat, desolate eastern Colorado. The view from Honolulu International Airport. Courtesy of Robert Linsdell. © Provided by The Huffington Post The view from Honolulu International Airport. Courtesy of Robert Linsdell. The view from Honolulu International Airport. Courtesy of Robert Linsdell. Honolulu International Airport -- Hawaii If touching down in paradise doesn't leave you in enough state of bliss, check out the view out the airport window. The airport is sandwiched between Mãmala Bay and the Big Island's tropical mountains. If you can peel your eyes away from that, check out the Honolulu skyline and nearby Pearl Harbor. Courtesy of Hideyuki Kamon. © Provided by The Huffington Post Courtesy of Hideyuki Kamon. Courtesy of Hideyuki Kamon. Vancouver International Airport -- British Columbia, Canada Another view dominated by mountains and sea. The airport is positioned just on the coast of the Salish Sea, and the snowcapped North Shore Mountain range overlooks it all. It is probably safe to assume all the Winter Olympic athletes that converged in the city in 2010 drew most of their inspiration from this view. A look at Bora Bora's main island from the airport. Courtesy of Michael Stout. © Provided by The Huffington Post A look at Bora Bora's main island from the airport. Courtesy of Michael Stout. A look at Bora Bora's main island from the airport. Courtesy of Michael Stout. Bora Bora Airport -- French Polynesia Flying into any island of tropical paradise is going to be, well, paradise, and Bora Bora is no exception. The lack of land available for runways forces airports to be built in beautiful locations on the islands. This one, also called the Motu Mute Airport, was built on an islet in a lagoon, and a boat transport is necessary to get to the main island. The Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau airport. Courtesy of Sam Beebe. © Provided by The Huffington Post The Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau airport. Courtesy of Sam Beebe. The Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau airport. Courtesy of Sam Beebe. Juneau International Airport -- Alaska More people have their pilots license than drivers license in Alaska, a state in which it is impossible to escape nature's beauty. So one might just assume that all of Alaska's airports are beautiful. They probably are, but let's focus on Juneau's airport. The Mendenhall Glacier seems to decend on it, with Mount Juneau rising stoically above. Courtesy of EandJsFilmCrew. © Provided by The Huffington Post Courtesy of EandJsFilmCrew. Courtesy of EandJsFilmCrew. Boston Logan International Airport -- Massachusetts Although the view from Boston's airport might not be quite as striking as the mountain and paradisiacal scenes some of our other airports have offered, this one offers a nice blend of urban vistas and nature. It is in East Boston and surrounded by water on three sides, so travelers can see the sailboats on Boston Harbour and the downtown skyline. A view of São Paulo from the air. Courtesy of Roger W. © Provided by The Huffington Post A view of São Paulo from the air. Courtesy of Roger W. A view of São Paulo from the air. Courtesy of Roger W. São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport -- Brazil São Paulo is a city that seems to go on forever, especially if you are taking it in by air. On the ground at the airport, travelers can see that huge city sprawling in front of them. Although they may not be experiencing the hustle and bustle of city life quite yet, it looms before them. More from the CheapTickets Travel Blog:5 reasons you're never too old to travel32 stages of planning a last-minute trip10 ways to keep your solo vacation cheap

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