Planning a trip to the states? If you are, then we’re sure that you’ll be interested in spending some time indulging in a little shopping while you’re there.
After all, what better way to enjoy a vacation than with some lavish retail therapy? This is where the magic of the USA’s many malls comes into the picture.
We’re sure that this should come as no surprise to hear, but there’s no shortage of shopping malls in the USA.
In fact, there’s an abundance of vast shopping malls almost everywhere that each come complete with their own unique stores, features and attractions that make them worth the visit.
The only question is, which are the largest shopping malls in the USA that you should visit?
Well, all that being said – if you’re interested in making a trip to the USA and you want to fill your itinerary with some shopping days dedicated to treating yourself, rest assured that you have come to the right place!
In this guide, you’ll find a breakdown of all the best shopping malls that are worth the visit during your time.
Just keep reading!
Kicking this list off, we’ve got the Mall of America! As one of the largest and most popular malls in the USA, we’re sure that you might have already heard of this mall even if you haven’t had a chance to visit it yet.
Besides boasting over 550 stores to choose from, the Mall of America is full to the brim with entertainment that you’re sure to love.
To give you an idea of what you can expect to get from this mall should you pay a visit, this mall also contains an escape room, an aquarium, an indoor theme park, a golf course and a whole lot more!
As we have already mentioned above, the Mall of America has plenty of floor space – which means that you’re going to want to make sure that you are wearing your comfortable shoes if you decide to pay a visit!
Trust us – you could easily spend the entire day at the Mall of America.
The American Dream is our next mall. At the time of writing this guide, American Dream is currently the second largest mall situated in the United States and comes complete with over 3 million square feet of retail space to enjoy and explore.
Along with plenty of shopping, American Dream also just so happens to be home to the Dreamworks Water Park.
This is currently the largest indoor water park in the country and also comes complete with a huge ferris wheel that offers views of the NYC skyline, as well as an indoor-ski resort, too!
Does it get any better than that? In other words, this is the place to be if you want to shop until you drop and have some fun while you do it.
The next mall that we have to share with you is King of Prussia Mall! Unlike the other two malls that we have already listed so far, the King of Prussia Mall stands out because it focuses specifically on celebrating the experience and history of the American mall.
Thanks to that, here at King of Prussia Mall you will be able to discover over 450 stores where you are sure to be able to find everything it is that you’re looking for.
From designer outlet stores all the way to retail favorites, there’s truly something for everyone here at King of Prussia Mall.
Plus, boasting over 2.9 million square feet to explore, King of Prussia mall is the fourth largest mall in the country and the largest mall (at the time of writing this guide) on the East Coast. Each year, this mall gets around 20 million visitors!
Next up on our list we have the South Coast Plaza. Fun fact: this mall is currently the fourth largest mall in the entirety of the country, so it only makes sense that we decided to include it as the fourth mall on our list!
The South Coast Plaza is unlike any other mall that we have on this list for one distinct reason – it’s home to a thriving arts center!
That’s right, along with shopping and good food, you’ll also be able to spend time enjoying the art museum, theater, sculpture gardens and even seasonal concerts that take place throughout the year there (see also “20 Best Places to Visit In March Throughout The States“).
Along with an impressive arts center, this mall also has 275 stores with annual sales that reach an average of almost $2 billion annually.
Impressive or what? If you’re in the mood to shop and take in some art, South Coast Plaza is the place for you.
One of the largest malls in the Floridian area, Aventura Mall is located right in the middle of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, and just so happens to be one of the best malls to shop at if you want to do a little luxury shopping.
With a focus on luxury names, here at Aventura Mall you’ll find no shortage of luxury and designer brands for you to browse.
That being said, you should keep in mind that if you’re planning to make a visit here, you might not find some of the popular retail favorites that offer a lower price point.
Still, whether you’re looking to splurge or not – Aventura is most definitely worth the visit. The mall is welcoming and friendly, and even offers a thriving food court area that ranges from fast food favorites all the way to upscale fine dining restaurants.
This next mall that we have to share with you is called Del Amo Fashion Center and is located in California, Los Angeles.
As you might have guessed from the name of this mall, Del Amo Fashion Center is known for being a hub for all things fashion and style!
If you decide to pay a visit here, you’ll have over 200 stores to choose from that range from retail favorites all the way to designer luxury stores.
Plus, besides offering all things fashion – the Del Amo Fashion Center is also known for its movie theater where you can catch a movie after you’re done shopping, as well as plenty of delicious restaurants in their dining court area.
7. The Galleria
Are you planning a visit to Houston, Texas? If you are, then you’ll be making the right choice to head to The Galleria during your time there! Let’s explore this mall below:
There’s just so much to love about this mall! Even though it’s a little on the smaller side as compared to some of the other malls that we have listed in this guide, it’s one of the most popular shopping malls in the country and currently attracts over 30 million visitors per year.
One of the main things that we love about this mall is just how versatile it is!
Regardless of whether you’re looking to splurge or you want to stick to a budget, you can bet that there will be something for you to enjoy at this lovely shopping mall. If you’re in the Houston area, make sure that you pay it a visit!
8. Destiny USA
If you’ve ever had the chance to visit the Big Apple (or, should we say, New York City) then you might have already been to this huge mall without realizing. Let’s check it out:
This is one of the largest malls in the country, so it should certainly come as no surprise to hear that this mall is New York’s largest and one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city.
If you do decide to go ahead and pay a visit to this mall, you will have over 250 shops to explore (yes, you read that right) as well as a large food court that will satisfy your food cravings after you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring all of the many stores that this mall currently has to offer.
Not only that, but besides offering great food and a great shopping experience, we think that you might also be pleased to learn that this mall is also an entertainment hub!
At the time of writing this guide, this mall currently offers an indoor ropes course as well as go-karting. There’s no shortage of things to do here!
This next mall that we have to recommend to you is a unique shopping mall because this location was originally used as an AirForce training base for soldiers during the first world war. Interesting, right?
After the war came to an end, the base was no longer needed. Due to this, it was then decided that the base would be transformed into a thriving shopping mall, which is how the Roosevelt Field Mall came to be.
Ever since its creation back in 1956, this mall has continued to be one of the most popular shopping malls in the country, and for good reason, too!
So, what makes this mall so great and worth the visit? Well, besides its large size (trust us, you could spend the day walking around this place) there’s currently over 243 stores that includes everything from Bloomingdale’s all the way to Macy’s!
It’s located close to New York City, so we highly recommend paying this place a visit if you’re going to be in the area.
10. Sawgrass Mills
Heading back over to the South, we’ve got Sawgrass Mills! This is the place to be if you’re in the mood to shop and indulge in some yummy food, as this mall is known for its thriving food court area.
It’s located not too far from Miami and will take you around 35 minutes to get there – that is, if you can escape that Miami traffic!
Still, like we’ve said, if you’re interested in indulging in some delicious food on your shopping trip in the states and you just so happen to be heading to Miami, you aren’t going to be disappointed with making the visit to Sawgrass Mills.
As for the shops? Well, besides having plenty of delicious dining options for you to choose from after you work up an appetite shopping and enjoying a little retail therapy (there’s currently 16 fine-dining restaurants at this shopping mall) there’s also 335 stores and even 70 luxury outlets at the time of writing. From GUCCI to Prada – it’s a must visit!
11. Ala Moana Center
As you might have already guessed from the name, this next mall that we have to share with you is situated on the sunny, tropical island of Honolulu, Hawaii!
If you’ve been thinking about going to Hawaii for quite some time and need a little extra convincing, then this shopping mall ought to do it!
This stunning shopping mall located in Hawaii is an open air shopping mall that boasts over 350 stores and plenty of delicious dining options to boot.
Along with all of the great food and shopping to explore, the Ala Moana Center is also home to a beautiful amphitheater which will allow you to enjoy a variety of outdoor music concerts, live performances and even traditional Hula dances that take place all year round.
Not only that, but Ala Moana roughly translates to “close to the sea” in English, and that’s exactly where this mall is located.
All around this mall you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the ocean and even a handful of gorgeous koi ponds. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this mall experience if you’re heading to Honolulu, Hawaii!
The Westfield Valley Fair is another shopping mall that you should make sure to visit if you get the chance while you are in the states!
At the time of writing this, Westfield Valley Fair currently has over 273 stores to choose from, including three large department stores and even a bustling food court.
Even though this mall might not be the largest there is, it’s still pretty big which is why it’s made it onto our list.
Still, there’s over 2 million square feet of retail feet to explore, which is why we certainly recommend that you consider paying the visit if you’re going to be in the LA area.
Palisades Center is another huge shopping mall in the USA and it is known for offering 200 stores at the time of writing, as well as plenty of delicious restaurants in their food court area.
Not only that, but this shopping mall is also home to plenty of other entertainment activities including an indoor ropes course, a comedy club, a bowling alley, an ice skating rink and plenty of other things.
It’s also located around 18 miles from central New York, so it’s great to visit if you’re going to be heading to the city.
Plus, given the fact that this shopping mall is located so close to the city, it means that the Palisades Center Shopping Mall is one of the busiest shopping malls near New York City.
So much so, that if you decide to make the visit, you’ll be among 24 other million visitors that go to this mall each year.
14. Millcreek Mall
Are you planning on taking a visit to the Pennsylvania area? If you are, then you’ll be making a great choice to make sure that you stop by the Millcreek Mall during your time there!
Guaranteeing a great shopping experience like no other, Millcreek Mall offers everything from restaurants, all kinds of stores and even four hotels, too!
It currently gets around 12 million visitors per year which makes it one of the most visited malls in the country, while its 2.2 million square feet of retail space makes it one of the biggest shopping malls in the country.
All that being said, if you are currently on the lookout for a shopping mall that will contain everything from stores to delicious dining options – you aren’t going to be disappointed in making the trip to Millcreek Mall!
15. Woodfield Mall
When it comes to shopping malls in the USA, we think that it’s pretty safe to say that Woodfield Mall is not only one of the biggest shopping malls in the country, but also one of the very best. Let’s take a closer look at this mall below:
There’s just so much to love about Woodfield Mall. At the time of writing this, Woodfield Mall currently has over 300 stores just waiting to be explored.
From big name designer stores all the way to retail favorites – there’s something for everyone’s preference and price point.
Along with offering plenty of stores, it also just so happens that Woodfield Mall is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Illinois area.
In fact, despite the fact that Woodfield Mall isn’t as large as some of the other malls that we have listed in this guide, it still attracts around 27 million people each year. Impressive or what?
As you might have already been able to tell by now, there’s plenty of huge shopping malls located in the New York area – and the Westfield Garden State Plaza is no exception here.
Around an hour’s drive away from central New York, Westfield Garden State Plaza is the place to be for all things shopping, food and entertainment.
This incredible mall currently has 300 stores and dining options to choose from and enjoy, as well as a movie theater open 7 days a week!
Along with all of that, we think that you might also be pleased to learn that Westfield Garden State Plaza is also home to a STEM Arena, where you will have the opportunity to fly a drone, try your hand at racing motorboats and even learn how to make a 3D drawing.
17. Lakewood Center
Situated over on the bustling West Coast – next up on our list of the USA’s largest shopping malls we have the Lakewood Center.
A great shopping mall, the Lakewood Center offers just over 2 million square feet of retail space that you’ll be able to enjoy – so make sure that you’re wearing your comfortable sneakers!
Here, you’ll find a range of things to enjoy such as stores, entertainment centers and even a large food court.
Unlike some of the other malls that we have mentioned in this list, Lakewood Center sets itself apart from the rest because it comes complete with a big Family Fun Center to ensure that even the little ones have a great day out.
In fact, the Family Fun Center hosts plenty of awesome monthly events, so make sure that you check out their time table if you’re interested to see what’s happening during your stay in Los Angeles County.
Now that we’re nearing the end of our list, we’ve decided to include the everpopular Scottsdale Fashion Square, which we’re sure that you might have already heard about if you’re a fashion enthusiast.
Even though it’s certainly on the smaller side when compared to some of the other malls that we have included in this list, the Scottsdale Fashion Square is not to be sniffed at.
In fact, it currently offers over 1.9 million square feet of retail space at its disposal, so there’s plenty of shopping to be done and fun to be had here.
At the time of writing this, Scottsdale Fashion Square currently has 20 stores to choose from including Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and much more.
There’s also a thriving food court area that you should definitely make the trip to experience if you’re a foodie! Along with fast-food favorites, there’s plenty of stylish, instagrammable worthy food spots at this mall including a Nobu!
19. NorthPark Center
Are you planning on enjoying a vacation in Dallas, Texas? If you are, then you aren’t going to be disappointed by paying a trip to NorthPark Center during your stay there.
Despite being one of the smaller malls on this list, the NorthPark Center is still one of the largest shopping malls that can be found in the country right now.
In fact, it’s so popular – NorthPark Center currently gets over 27 million visitors each year. Pretty impressive, right?
There’s so much to love about this shopping mall. From the 250 stores to stroll through all the way to the stunning landscaping and architecture, NorthPark Center offers its visitors the chance to indulge in a little retail therapy while also being able to enjoy some stunning views of the natural scenery that is located all around the mall.
Last but certainly not least, the final shopping mall that we have to share with you today is none other than the incredibly popular Tysons Corner Center!
As the final mall on our list, it’s worth noting that this mall is considerably smaller than the majority of the other shopping malls that we have mentioned on this list.
However, given the fact that Tysons Corner Center does have around 1.8 million square feet to explore, it still makes it one of the biggest shopping malls in the whole country, so it’s definitely deserving of a spot on this list.
Besides 300 stores to enjoy, Tysons Corner Center even comes complete with a vast range of delicious dining options to choose from, including everything from fast food chains all the way to more upscale restaurants should you want to treat yourself to a fine dining experience during your visit.
Along with that, there’s also plenty of history steeped in this mall which you might be interested to learn more about.
For example, the very first Apple store was opened in this mall and both Madewell and Dyson launched their first stores in the USA at this location, too. It’s definitely worth paying a visit if you’re going to be taking a trip to the Virginia area.
The Bottom Line: Which Will You Visit?
You’ve made it to the end of the guide! Now that you have taken the time to read through this guide, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that – when it comes to shopping malls, the USA has got plenty of them!
So many, in fact, that it can be pretty difficult to narrow your choices down to a shortlist.
Still, now that you’ve taken the time to read through this guide, we hope that we have been able to give you a better idea of what some of the largest shopping malls in the USA are right now, as well as which one might be the best option for you to pay a visit to if you’re planning on shopping.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide, and we hope you enjoy your retail therapy and shopping experience in the states!
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