Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi
Biggest Shopping Malls in The US Today - Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi

For better or worse, shopping is a popular American pastime. The activity could even be considered a sport for those hunting a good bargain, a hobby, or even "retail therapy"—a fun way to reduce stress. If you're on a tight travel budget, "window shopping" can be an experience all its own.

Whether shopping is your thrill or you just want to experience some U.S. culture, visiting one of America's biggest malls is a must.

1. King of Prussia Mall – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Photo: PhillyVoice
Photo: PhillyVoice

Area – 259,500 sqm

This boasts of being the largest mall in the USA. It is a luxury mall with numerous upscale retailers. With a wide variety of stores that cater to all income brackets. With numerous restaurants and cafes it almost seems like they will have whatever you feel like eating.

Due to the sheer size of the mall many of the retailers have more than one shop in the mall. While Coach, Victoria Secrets, and H&M have two stores each, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has five. Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sears, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, Lord & Taylor all have their stores at the mall. With an answer to everyone’s needs, The King of Prussia mall rules the roost and holds the crown of being the biggest mall in the USA.

2. Mall of America – Minneapolis – Saint Paul

Photo: DLR Group
Photo: DLR Group

Area – 258,200 sqm

This mall attracts over 42 million visitors annually and employs over 12,000 workers. It is big enough to fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside. The mall is symmetric and has a rectangular floor plan with the stores arranged along 3 levels of pedestrian walkways. The mall is organized into four zones each with its own distinctive style. The Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park in the center of the mall with roller coasters, rides and other attractions. It has a miniature golf section with 18 holes.

They also have the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium within the mall. The mall is presently hosting an exhibition called “Barbie : The Dreamhouse Experience”, which will be open to the public for two to three years. Visitors can tour the Barbie house, try on clothes in her virtual closet and make virtual cupcakes in her kitchen. With all this and more going on at the mall it is an exciting time for everyone to spend time at this mall.

3. Aventura Mall – Florida – Miami

Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Area – 250,000sqm

The biggest shopping mall in Florida, Aventura Mall is home to more than 300 stores and five department stores. The mall attracts approximately 28 million people each year, making it a melting pot of Florida's many cultures. Aventura Mall promises fine shopping with stores such as Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and Tiffany & Co.

4. South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, California – Los Angeles

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Photo: Rockin Mama

Area – 250,000sqm

This upscale luxury shopping center, is the largest mall on the East Coast. The architecture of this mall has chandeliers that are in the shape of inverted pyramids and the escalator atrium leading to the third floor is designed on the lines of The Pyramid of Khufu. With Italian marble flooring and fountains and water features this mall is a visual delight. In 2004 this mall received the Federal Trademark as “The Ultimate shopping Resort”.

Many ultra luxury brands, having very few boutiques worldwide have chosen the South Coast Plaza to house their stores in. With the top brands like Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and many more and the high street fashion houses like Zara this mall caters to all income brackets. The additional features that give the South Coast Plaza an edge is their valet service, concierge services, courtesy umbrellas and the hot beverage service. All these little touches add to its popularity. It also holds “Fashion Plates” which is a 10 day annual Restaurant Week which is a promotion of its high end restaurants at discounted rates.

5. Del Amo Fashion Center – Torrance – California – Los Angeles

Photo: Simon Property Group
Photo: Simon Property Group

Area – 230,000sqm

This huge mall boasts of a huge store of the Burlington Coat factory, along with other stores like Coach, Crate & Barrel, Old Navy, Macy’s, Nordstrom and many other stores. An open-air lifestyle center has new specialty stores, dining options and entertainment along with a 18 screen multiplex cinema. With food and entertainment and shops galore what more can one ask for?

6. Destiny USA – Syracuse – New York

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Photo: Syracuse.com

Area – 228,000sqm

Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York, feels like a different world when you first walk through its doors. Many attractions hide in its corners, bringing together adults and kids at places such as Dave & Buster's, comedy clubs, and the antique carousel. In this Central New York shopping paradise, shoppers can check out luxury shops but also find bargains at outlets and 99-cent stores.

7. Sawgrass Mills – Sunrise, Florida – Miami

Photo: Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Orlando Sentinel

Area – 221,472 sqm

Score mega-deals at the extra-large Sawgrass Mills, made up of 3 unique shopping destinations with a combination of indoor and outdoor shopping venues. Retail shops are featured alongside lower-priced and high-end fashion outposts like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks off Fifth and the Burberry Factory Outlet.

8. The Galleria – Houston – Texas

Photo: Houston, Texas
Photo: Houston, Texas

Area – 213,530 sqm

The Galleria is visited by 26 million shoppers each year making it one of the most visited destinations in Houston area. The mall consists over 400 shops and restaurants, two high rise hotels, and three office buildings. The shopping opportunities are unlimited at world class stores - Neiman Marcus, two Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

9. Roosevelt Field – Garden City – New York City

Photo: Simon Property Group
Photo: Simon Property Group

Area – 208,528sqm

Roosevelt Field is the premier shopping mall in the state of New York. With more than 270 specialty stores, you will never go home empty handed with the Roosevelt Field Mall. Some of the famous anchors in the mall are Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Neiman Marcus.

10. Woodfield Mall – Schaumburg, Illinois – Chicago

Photo: Simon Property Group
Photo: Simon Property Group

Area – 206,600 sqm

This mall is the largest shopping mall in Illinois. This enclosed mall has anchor stores like J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s , Nordstrom and Sears. It is a haven for shoppers with its numerous stores with upscale and high street brands. This upscale, super regional shopping mall has an answer to everyone’s needs.

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