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Riverchase Galleria: one of Alabama's Top Attractions

By Michael Hanna

If you're craving a shopping experience of a lifetime, Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama is guaranteed to surpass even your highest expectations. The enclosed shopping centre, boasting the world's longest skylight at two-hundred feet, is among of the state's most frequented tourist attractions; and what's more, curious crowds are known to flock in from the neighbouring states of Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia to get a glimpse of this spectacular site that is deemed to provide 'one of America's most unique shopping experiences.'

The galleria is anchored by five major department stores, including Macy's, Sears and J.C Penney, and holds a total of two-hundred stores and eleven restaurants - making it almost inevitable that there is something for everyone. Even children will be delighted with attractions such as the central carousel ride which replaces its traditional carousel animals with reindeer during the holidays. Riverchase Galleria also organizes community affairs, such as the 'Mall Walker's' program, which admits anyone into the mall from 8:00 a.m. onwards to get their exercise by striding along the second level's 1.14 mile perimeter; and new community programs are continuously added and publicised directly through the Galleria's website.

Needless to say, one does not have to love shopping to have an enjoyable experience at the Riverchase Galleria. The shopping centre itself is beautifully structured, with an amazing nine-storey glass atrium to admire - so guests can simply take a leisurely stroll, read a book, or possibly dine at one of the mall's many restaurants. Whether you're planning to visit the Galleria on your own, with friends, or with your family, the various options for things to do are countless - therefore don't expect to accomplish it all in a single day. In fact, it might be a wise idea to book a nearby hotel for a few nights, so that you'll have enough time to absorb all the splendours of the Galleria. And with a number of other fantastic attractions nearby - such as the Birmingham Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Art - you'll be kept pleasantly busy for days at a time.

So if you're planning a trip to Alabama, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to visit Riverchase Galleria; after all, doing so would mean missing out on one of the most spectacular attractions - if not the most prominent - in the state.

Michael is a keen writer living in Edinburgh: Michael Hanna

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