The First Indoor Mall In America Is Right Here In Washington And It Has An Eerie History

If you’ve ever been to the Northgate Mall in Seattle, you’ve probably noticed… not much, because it looks like an ordinary mall. And it is perfectly ordinary in many ways, right down to the Auntie Anne’s pretzels. But the Northgate Mall was actually the first fully indoor shopping center in the nation (a decision made thanks to Seattle’s rainy weather), and that’s not even the most interesting thing about it.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

It’s worth noting that Washington might be the only state to have a mall that has an entire “Terrorists and serial killers” section on its Wikipedia page. We definitely live in a wonderfully weird place.