Shopping is a great American pastime. It could be considered a sport for a good bargain hunt, a hobby, or, in line with the term 'shop therapy,' a fun stress reliever. If you're under a tight travel budget, simply "window shopping" can be an experience. Whether shopping is your jam or you just want to experience an inside look at American culture, visiting one of these biggest malls in America is a must.
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The Mall of America
It sports its name for a reason. The Mall of America is the biggest shopping mall in the United States, with more than 500 stores and 10 attractions. It is located in Bloomington, Minnesota and visited by more than 40 million people, which is approximately eight times the population of its state. Shoppers can take their pick from Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears, Forever 21, Crayola Experience, Marshall's, Nickelodeon Universe, The Lego Store, and American Girl, and also visit the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.
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King of Prussia Mall
Located in Pennsylvania, the King of Prussia Mall falls short from The Mall of America by 70-some stores, but it's actually bigger in square feet. This malls offers a store for everyone, from the stores within a budget to the most luxurious shopping in its area. International dining is also available, with three different food courts to choose from.
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The biggest mall in the state of Florida, Aventura Mall hosts more than 300 stores and six department stores, recently expanded. About 28 million people visit this mall each year, making it a melting pot for many cultures in the state. This mall promises fine shopping with stores such as Chanel, Chloé, Fendi and Emilio Pucci.
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South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza is California's largest and most luxurious shopping mall, located in Orange County. With more than 250 stores, 30 restaurants, and a center for the arts, South Coast offers a sense of style that even Hollywood stars could be jealous of. South Coast has offerings for all budgets, from affordable prices at Sears to luxury price tags at Balenciaga.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this mall is no exception. The Galleria, located in Houston, is visited by more than 30 million people each year. With more than 400 stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office buildings, it's no wonder locals and tourists alike come together at this mall. The options are limitless with stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, H&M, and Abercrombie & Fitch, among many many others.
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Del Amo Fashion Center
With more than 200 stores, Del Amos Fashion Center is two malls in one. Literally. Two California shopping centers came together to create the Fashion Center, located in Southern California. It is a retail favorite with stores such as Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York, Vince Camuto, Nordstrom, Macy's, and many others.
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Personally visited and preferred, Destiny USA at Syracuse, New York is a world all on its own when you first walk through its doors. Many attractions hide in its corners, uniting adults and young ones alike with Dave and Buster's, comedy clubs, and a carousel. In this Central New York shopping paradise, shoppers can benefit from outlets to luxury to 99-cent stores.
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Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Millcreek Mall has close to 200 shops, five department stores and a multitude of restaurants and quick food stops. Millcreek Mall not only shines for its single-floor food court layout, but for its variety in entertainment, such as a Widget Kid Zone.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Plaza Las Américas
Also a favorite, Plaza Las Américas is the biggest mall in the Caribbean, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you're escaping the winter cold or just want a change of scenery and hopped on a plane to Puerto Rico, you can't leave without visiting the three-floor, three-hundred-plus store mall that includes a Build-A-Bear Workshop, Alex and Ani, MAC store, and more.