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Mall of America Turns 20! That's a Lot of Shopping...

Mall of America Turns 20! That's a Lot of Shopping...
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In a country where shopping destinations come and go with the seasons, there's one mall that stands tall amongst all the others: the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, which—just in time for tomorrow's ultimate American act: voting!—is celebrating its 20th year of operation. Otherwise known as the only mall in the country with a fully functional indoor theme park (roller coasters included!), the 4.2-million-square-foot retail mecca is one of the two largest malls in all of North America, along with the 6.1-million-square-foot West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. Since the Mall of America opened in 1992, it has added a number of unique programs not on offer at most of its (much smaller) competition—like a fitness club for mall walkers who frequent the large space and educational classes for high school students yearning to study fields like the visual arts, law enforcement, hospitality, retail management, and business. So, tell us: Have you traveled long distances to visit America's most famous mall?

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