MSP and I have a long history together, back to the days when it was a Northwest Airlines hub. Now it’s transferred into Delta’s hands, it’s a popular layover site for bicoastal travel through that airline. And it’s a really nice airport.
Located 10 miles from the city, there’s a very convenient light rail Blue line train that will get you there quickly. The Blue line also goes beyond the airport to the Mall of America too, making it easy to get to the airport from either destination.
You can probably skip the MoA because the middle area is like its own mall, with decent shopping. There’s a lot of food options, especially the cool “food truck” area with different cuisines and styles of food. They have really good bakeries here, too.
There are ~115 gates split into two terminals named after famous son: Lindbergh and Humphrey. Lindbergh Terminal 1 is further divided into 7 concourses A-G–most airlines. Humphrey Terminal 2 is made up of concourse H and serves regional and Southwest.
Remember: ✈️ = when doves cry to ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ = party like it’s 1999
Convenience to the city: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (quick train ride from the city)
Ease of navigating through terminals: ✈️✈️✈️ (it’s a large airport, and getting from one end to another takes a hike)
Convenience of check in/security lines: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (apparently they have the best k-9 unit in the country, extra points for the dogs)
Dining: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (The food truck area is awesome and is something I haven’t seen in many other places. Decent choices, running the gamut from Chick Fil-A to Mill City Tavern. Actually there’s an abundance of brewery/pub restaurants and fast casual)
Bathrooms: ✈️✈️✈️ ✈️(seems like there is always someone cleaning them, has art)
Charging stations/wifi: ✈️✈️✈️ (free wifi available)
Amenities: ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ (Delta, United Lounges. Decent shopping, live music, chiropractor, Snoopy. There’s an actual 1/4 mile walking path for exercise–there’s a reason why MN is the country’s healthiest state and it starts here in the airport)