10 Perfect Christmas Shopping Getaways
Bloomington, Minnesota: Mall of America
More than 40 million people visit the Mall of America, just south of Minneapolis, each year. A little planning before your outing will ensure you're not overwhelmed by this shopping mecca's 520 stores and 50 restaurants.
-- Start at home. Go to the mall's website for information on store locations, hours, parking, events and promotions - and a handy coupon book.
-- Dress smart. Wear comfortable shoes, and leave your coat in the car (the mall is 70 degrees year-round).
-- Park at the top. You're more likely to find spots near Macy's on the west side. Head to the top of the garage; those spots fill up last. Once you've parked, text yourself the location.
-- Walk in circles. Save time and energy by browsing with a plan: Shop in circles, starting at a store you'll remember. Then walk around the entire floor, returning to that store before heading to the next floor.