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You might not be able to take your vacation home with you, but you can certainly bring back souvenirs. From high-end boutiques on Rodeo Drive to night markets in Southeast Asia, learn which destinations are perfect spots to shop till you drop for gifts to remind you of your travels for years to come.

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The King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia
King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia Mall

The King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia is the largest on the East Coast with 3 million square feet of shopping fun. The space is so large, 5 of the Great Pyramids would fit in its footprint; thank goodness for shopaholics, this space is filled with 400 shops. 960 1280
Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Silver Sands is central to this popular Florida Panhandle hamlet — no long drives necessary. The 100-plus stores span Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Nine West and Under Armour. And the events can’t be beat: The Nike Factory Store invites customers for weekly sunset runs along the beach. 960 1280
Mall of America

Mall of America

The options are endless at the Mall of America with 520 stores, 50 restaurants and extreme entertainment options, including an indoor amusement park. There’s high-end browsing at Burberry and Nordstrom’s Chanel Boutique, endless rows of chains and mega-stores like American Girl and a sprawling Lego emporium. 960 1280

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Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Las Vegas shopping is so rich, it needs both a Premium Outlets North and South. The North’s 150 stores lean toward the higher end — Cole Haan and Armani — while the South’s 140 stores include the more standard Ann Taylor and Aeropostale. The 2 malls are about 10 miles apart, so plan accordingly. 960 1280
Sawgrass Mills

Sawgrass Mills

Score mega-deals at the extra-large Sawgrass Mills, made up of 3 unique shopping destinations with a combination of indoor and outdoor shopping venues. Retail shops are featured alongside lower-priced and high-end fashion outposts like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks off Fifth and the Burberry Factory Outlet. 960 1280
The Shops at Columbus Circle

The Shops at Columbus Circle

With quirky boutiques and fashionable neighborhoods abound, it takes a lot to stand out on New York’s shopping scene. The Shops at Columbus Circle meet the challenge with a glorious version of a mall fit for the Big Apple with luxe shops like Thomas Pink for great tailored shirts, Tumi for luggage and Stuart Weitzman for shoes. 960 1280
Lodi Station Outlets

Lodi Station Outlets

Let’s face it: Even the best-behaved baby can have a mall meltdown. And while many outlets feature IMAX theaters, trampolines and interactive fountains to entertain the little ones, the Lodi Station Outlets, a 30-minute drive from Akron, OH, keep it classic.  960 1280

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The Galleria

The Galleria

It’s easy to fill your shopping bags at Texas-sized shopping emporium the Galleria in Houston. There are 2 Macy’s outposts, snazzy retailers like Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton, Westin hotels, tasty restaurants and even an ice-skating rink under the tall glass atriums. 960 1280
San Marcos Premium Outlets

San Marcos Premium Outlets

San Marcos Premium Outlets offers 140 stores, including Fendi and Michael Kors. It’s designed after the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, so no boring brick here. Tanger Outlets is also packed with stores and offers free Wi-Fi throughout the mall. 960 1280

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Via Bellagio

Via Bellagio

If Lady Luck is on your side in Vegas, you’ll have no problems unloading some of your winnings at Via Bellagio, the finest hotel shopping in the country. Top designers on this tony stretch of shops include Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Fendi and Fred Leighton. 960 1280
The Grove

The Grove

Infuse your shopping experience with some Hollywood style at this LA staple—a shopping destination with trendy stores, famous clientele and even a few paparazzi. Scope out the goods at stylish shops including Anthropologie, Madewell, UGG Australia and Johnny Was. And just in time for the holidays, top off a day of shopping with a sweet treat at Sprinkles Cupcakes. 960 1280
Tanger Outlets Branson

Tanger Outlets Branson

The Tanger Outlets mobile app will help you with tips and sales for stores of both national and local flavor. Then again, Branson, MO, is not only one of the top US country entertainment destinations, it also offers many other attractions: a Titanic museum, zip-lining, a tiger sanctuary and the Silver Dollar City theme park. 960 1280
Tyson's Corner

Tyson's Corner

Just a few minutes outside of the Beltway, Tysons Corner Center keeps DC’s socialites and well-heeled politicos looking stylish. As the largest shopping mall in the area, Tysons is known for its luxury retailers, spacious home stores like Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma Grand Cuisine and even a fancy children’s play area sponsored by National Geographic. 960 1280

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Florida Keys Outlet Center

Florida Keys Outlet Center

Start (or end) your trip to South Florida at this sunny shopping hub, situated at the northern entrance to the Florida Keys. Its 55 stores are uniquely located within just minutes of everything Florida: beaches, water sports, wildlife and kitschy hotels and restaurants. 960 1280
South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza

Boasting the highest sales at a mall in the US, South Coast Plaza is an Orange County hot spot for browsing, schmoozing and swiping the credit card. There are 280 boutique shops and 30 restaurants where the area’s best-dressed housewives might be found sifting through the racks at BALENCIAGA or Barneys New York CO-OP or browsing 3 levels of furniture and house wares at the mega-sized Macy’s Home Furniture store. 960 1280

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The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg

The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg

In the morning, get Dad a new Brooks Brothers shirt and your daughter those Gap jeggings. In the afternoon, tour a landmark battle site and the namesake of Lincoln’s historic address. And before the kids cringe, remind them that Gettysburg exhibits include train and wax museums as well. 960 1280
The Mall at Short Hills

The Mall at Short Hills

Whether you’re shopping for a budding fashionista in toddler sizes or your ultra-elegant grandmother, you’ll have no trouble at Short Hills thanks to the range of stores. Just a short drive from Manhattan, there are the expected fully stocked anchor shops, some luxury gems like Henri Bendel and Gucci, mall staples including the Gap and J.Crew and even some unexpected boutiques among the 160-plus shops. 960 1280
Tanger Seaside Outlets Rehoboth Beach

Tanger Seaside Outlets Rehoboth Beach

Although the mall is sectioned into 3 locations around a busy highway of beachgoing traffic, Delaware’s tax-free shopping is hard to resist, especially when brands are 20-40% off already. If you’re looking for a mid-Atlantic summer beach trip, try Labor Day for additional sales (but again, prepare for crowds). 960 1280

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Tentstile Portable Suspended Treehouse
Tentstile Portable Suspended Treehouse

Tentstile Portable Suspended Treehouse

?Treehouses aren?t just for the kids anymore. Fulfill your childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse with the Tentstile Tree Tent, which combines the comfort and carefree feeling of a hammock with the protection of a tent, and takes it a whole new level ? literally! While Tentstile recommends not to suspend the tent higher than 4 feet for safety, if you do hang it higher, you?ll just need to pack a ladder, too. Even better? Tenstile plants 3 trees for every tent you buy.? ? Kathleen, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Tentsile Tree Tents  

Kelty Cabana Tent

Kelty Cabana Tent

“I have 2 small children, and when they’re not burying themselves in the sand, their seeking shade to nap or enjoy a snack. The Kelty Cabana tent is a must-have for staying cool at the beach or protected in the forest. About 9-feet-wide -- from corner-to-corner, and with a peek height of 4 feet -- the Kelty Cabana has plenty of room for 2 adults plus-or-minus 2 small children.” -- Rani, Managing Producer 960 1280

Recreational Equipment, Inc  

Kubb Beach and Lawn Game

Kubb Beach and Lawn Game

“A friend of mine brought this Swedish Kubb lawn game on our Memorial Day weekend beach trip, and it was an instant hit. Think of it as a combination of cornhole, bocce and horseshoes … except with wooden dowels. It makes a great beach game because players can drop in and out as they please, no commitment necessary – so you can play a round or 2 and then get back to that trashy beach read anytime you want!” -- Allee, Video Producer 960 1280

Old Time Games  

Fifty/Fifty Double-Walled Vacuum-Insulated Bottle

Fifty/Fifty Double-Walled Vacuum-Insulated Bottle

“This stainless-steel insulated bottle can keep your liquids hot or cold all day, whether you’re hiking in the forest or lounging at the beach. I picked up one at Hopworks Urban Brewery, which offers it as a growler so you can finish your day outside climbing with a refreshing IPA (or any beverage of your choice.)” – Arthur, Video Producer 960 1280

Lifeline  

GoPro Hero3+

GoPro Hero3+

?I may never be an extreme athlete, but I can at least shoot video like one. This versatile, mountable camera from GoPro frees up my hands so I can get the footage I want while waterskiing or hanging on to the side of a rock wall. Full HD video and high-quality audio makes even a bike ride in the park look like a professional-quality sports video.? ? Josh, Digital Operations Manager 960 1280

GoPro  

mophie space pack

mophie space pack

?The one thing I used to never leave the house without? My phone charger. That?s now so last summer with the new mophie space pack. With the rechargeable case, I don?t have to worry about my phone dying while I?m at the beach or at wedding this summer. And what?s even better? I won?t miss capturing a moment by stopping to delete photos from my phone (yes, I keep that many photos on my phone!); the mophie space pack has built-in storage, up to 32GB.? ? Kathleen, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Mophie, Inc.  

Topshop Floral Print Bikini

Topshop Floral Print Bikini

“After a few seasons of sticking to my typical 2-piece, I’m ready to jump on the high-waisted-bikini bandwagon -– that is, if I can snap one up before they all sell-out. Go for a modern print, or fully embrace the retro styling with this hot pink, floral number. A flattering swimsuit at Top Shop prices ($68 for both)? I’m mentally adding this retro bikini to my shopping cart now.” – Sara, Senior Interactive Producer 960 1280

Topshop  

Fouta Beach Towel

Fouta Beach Towel

“This summer, ditch that bulky, old neon-striped beach towel in favor of something a little more … Turkish. Inspired by traditional Turkish towels, the Fouta Beach Towel has smooth cotton on one side, and looped-cotton terry on the other, making it lightweight, absorbent, and the perfect addition to your beach bag!” -- Allee, Video Producer 960 1280

Serena & Lily, Inc.  

Bicycle Wine Rack

Bicycle Wine Rack

“This handy wine rack combines 2 of my favorite summer activities -- wine tasting and bike riding! Handmade with olive-oil treated leather, it’s a simple bike accessory that can easily be taken on and off. Now I can take my favorite wine to a summer dinner party or cookout without a glass bottle jiggling around in a bag on my back.” – Kathleen, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Jesse Herbert  

Tailgate Toss XL Platinum Edition

Tailgate Toss XL Platinum Edition

“Whether you're heading to the beach, hanging out poolside or throwing a BBQ for your family and friends, bring the Wild Sports XL Tailgate Toss, the perfect game to keep the ultimate sports fan entertained during the long, offseason months. From the Dallas Cowboys to the Kentucky Wildcats and every team in between, select your favorite squad, grab a few of your buddies and let the bean-bag games begin.” – Ben, Interactive Producer 960 1280

Wild Sports  

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