24 hours, 5.6 million square feet, and hundreds of things to eat

A shining beacon of retail glory, the Mall of America continues to redefine itself as an ideal vacation destination and self-contained city. Whether traveling to visit the jaw-dropping attractions, get some serious shopping done, taking a quick layover run-through, or even an always 71 degrees staycation, there are many miles and eateries to cover within the 5.6 million square feet within the Mall of America.

7 p.m. Dinner, Twin City Grill, 130 North Garden

By now, chances are the sensory overload of the bright lights, noise, and people-ness of the mall might be fraying some nerve endings. Dip into this pleasantly dark restaurant Northwoods-styled supper club and slip into a dry martini. Food options are Minnesota-focused, but it’s hard to go wrong with the burger. It’s exactly the kind of welcome comfort a long day at the mall requires. This restaurant has been here since the mall opened, earning it classic MOA dining status.