Everyone knows LAX is a nightmare, so where do you fly out of? Burbank? Ontario? How about Long Beach Airport's newly revamped terminals? They feature modern, clean design and tiny outposts of local restaurants — Sweet Jill's for sticky buns on early-morning flights, and a classy wine bar with an outdoor fire pit for afternoon waits. Yes, you read that right: an outdoor fire pit, at the airport. As JetBlue's West Coast hub, LGB can fly you directly to San Francisco, New York, Boston and Austin, Texas, to name a few. It also boasts the lowest fares in California (second lowest in the nation) and was recently awarded “Best Food and Beverage Program” in North America by the Airports Council International. The best part? Zipping through security like a VIP. —Sascha Bos
4100 E. Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, 90808. (562) 570-2600, lgb.org.