Best US Outlet Mall Destinations
Since factories began selling overstock goods in the 1930s, US outlet malls now number more than 13,000 and cover an average of 200,000 square feet each. (For listings by state, visit OutletBound.com). We’ve compiled some of the best outlet destinations in the United States for great bargains and nearby activities that the whole family will enjoy.
But even great shopping may pale next to Destin's clear waters and powder-white sands. Repeatedly voted one of America’s best beaches, Destin also lauds itself as “the fishing capital of the world.” Watersports, shelling, amazing seafood, birding, the Florida Gulfarium and renowned golf courses are all nearby. Like many outlets, Silver Sands partners with hotels for “shop and stay” packages, including lodging, shuttles, spas and more. Residence Inn Sandestin’s Girls’ Getaway package includes a coupon book “worth $800 in savings.” Other partner hotels: Courtyard Sandestin, WaterColor Inn & Resort.
- Destin, FL 32550 US
Shopping for more American history? Try Leesburg (VA) Corner Premium Outlets (40 minutes from Washington, DC) as part of your Ball’s Bluff or Harper’s Ferry battle site tours. (Holiday Inn Leesburg offers breakfast for two, coupons and a free Samsonite backpack to hold your goodies). And Williamsburg (VA) Premium Outlets feature Coach, Burberry and 130-plus other stores — if Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Monticello and Virginia’s famous wine country haven’t already tuckered you out!
- Gettysburg, PA 17325 US
Of course you know about Vegas’ exciting casinos, restaurants and shows. But don’t forget that Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon (try a helicopter tour or a Colorado River rafting trip) are only 2 hours away.
- Las Vegas, NV 89106 US
- Lodi, OH 44214 US
Better yet, San Marcos is situated in Texas Hill Country, rife with bluebells, barbecue and boot-scootin’ dance halls. Texas’ capital of Austin (40 minutes north) is renowned for its offbeat attitude (“Keep Austin Weird,” reads many a bumper sticker) and music scene (try the South by Southwest festival in the spring, or Austin City Limits in the fall). Farther south, the German settlement of New Braunfels boasts the Gruene Historic District, the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Natural Bridge Caverns. Continue down from New Braunfels another 30 miles for San Antonio’s River Walk shopping and the Alamo.
The Radisson Austin’s shopping package includes breakfast, a $25 food and beverage credit, parking and $500 in shopping coupons. Other packages: San Marcos’ Country Inn & Suites and Embassy Suites.
- San Marcos, TX 78666 US
For more homegrown music and fun, the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, TN, are within spitting distance of Dolly Parton’s famous Dollywood amusement park, Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and NASCAR Speedpark. You’re also at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, full of some of the nation’s most beautiful natural attractions.
- Branson, MO 65616 US
What makes this area so attractive is a cluster of several very different beach towns. Dewey Beach is a popular party destination for people 21 years old and up. Bethany Beach is a family town with a more natural setting of quiet sands, birding and kayaking. And Rehoboth is lively with large hotels and a classic boardwalk full of carnival games, photo booths and taffy. It’s also a popular destination for gays and lesbians with numerous gay-friendly clubs and taverns.
- Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 US
Activities are endless as you cruise the historic Overseas Highway. At the south, Key West is known for its party atmosphere and brilliant sunsets. Midway and north are Marathon and Key Largo, where you'll find dolphin encounters, the Turtle Hospital and excellent diving along the only US continental coral reef. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a protected "undersea park" where you can dive, snorkel or stay dry in a glass-bottom boat. As you reach the mainland, visit the Everglades for alligator boat tours and maybe a glimpse of the rare Florida panther. Then finish your trip strolling the shops and Art Deco promenades of Miami's South Beach.
- Florida City, FL 33034 US