Shopping, one of America’s greatest pastime. With nearly 47,000 shopping centers scattered across the fruitful plains and thriving metropolises in the U.S., here are the top ten best shopping malls:
10. Woodfield Mall
Found in a suburb near Chicago, Woodfield is the largest shopping mall in the state of Illinois and attracts more than 27 million visitors each year! The mall features almost 300 stores and is anchored by JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and the country’s largest Sears store.
9. Roosevelt Field
This is the second-largest shopping mall in the state of New York, with 270 stores anchored by Bloomingdale’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Neiman Marcus. Roosevelt Field mall also has a unique backstory as it was previously used as an airfield that was the takeoff site of many famous aviators including Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post. It wasn’t until 1955 that ground was broke to build shops that first housed Walgreen Drug, a movie theatre, outdoor ice rink, and many other stores.
8. The Galleria
This upscale mall offers more than just cool shops (like Cartier and Gucci)–it has two Westin hotels and a private health club surrounding it. The perfect shopping lover’s getaway. Just book a hotel room, shop, and indulge in a spa session after a long day of retails bliss. The Galleria has over 375 stores, anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s. It is also the largest mall in the state of Texas and includes an ice skating rink under the tall-glass atriums.
7. Sawgrass Mills
Sawgrass Mills is the largest single story mall in the U.S. with over 300 retail outlets, name brand discounters, and anchors including Sakes off 5th and Super Target. It’s the perfect place to score mega-deals and shop both inside and outside (and it even has a life-size Barbie dream house)! Because of the mall’s large size, it’s divided into three parts: the main, indoor mall with a “Fashion Avenue” subsection, and the “Oasis”, full of outdoor shops and a cinema.
6. Destiny USA
This six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex is the largest mall in the state of New York. You will never be bored when visiting Destiny USA with each floor serving its purpose with shops, a movie theatre, entertainment, restaurants, and even a chapel! The mall is also home to the first go-kart track inside a mall–truley a place of fun for the whole family.
5. Del Amo Fashion Center
If luxury shopping is your thing, then consider this your palace. Del Amo Fashion Center is a three-level mall with more than 200 retailers, multiple upscale restaurants, a fitness center and a movie theatre. This mall was at one time labeled the largest mall in America before Mall of America stole its title in 1992. You can also find this mall as the backdrop in films such as Valley Girl (1983) and Bad Santa (2003).
4. South Coast Plaza
The largest mall on the west coast is also home to the highest sales in the U.S. with a whopping $1.5 billion annually–consider it the mecca of shoppers and retail nuts alike. With 280 boutique shops and 30 restaurants, there’s a lot of shopping ground to cover. Including a mega-sized Macy’s Home Furnishing store!
3. Aventura Mall
This upscale shopping mall is found in a suburb just north of Miami and also the largest mall in Florida taking over 2.7 million square feet. Aventura Mall has three floors comprising of more than 300 retailers, a large food court, chains of restaurants and is anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and AMC movie theatre.
2. King of Prussia
Just outside of Philadelphia, King of Prussia is the largest mall on the east coast, boasting with 3 million square feet of pure shopping heaven. In fact, it’s so large that five of the Great Pyramids would fit on it! The mall has 400 shops, seven department stores, and more than 40 eateries.
1. Mall of America
It may not come to much surprise that Mall of America tops our list at number one. The largest mall in the U.S. covers 4.87 million square feet (enough to fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside), sees over 40 million visitors annually and is dubbed the best mall in America for many reasons besides its size. At Mall of America, you’ll find more than 520 shops, mini-golf, aquarium, Nickelodeon Universe, LEGOland, American Girl Doll store, two food courts, Hooters, Dick’s Last Resort, bowling alley, a wedding chapel, movie theatre…I think you get the idea–Mall of America has it all. You don’t have to love shopping to love this place.
Bonus: Enjoy tax-free shopping at Mall of America!