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

Even the Kardashians couldn’t shop that much retail space. So 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.

Silver Sands Premium Outlets (Destin, FL)

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.

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.
Silver Sands Premium Outlets

10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32550

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Phone: +1 850-654-9771

The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg (Pennsylvania)

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance recognizes Pennsylvania as a great state for shopping savings -- clothing and shoes (except fur and formalwear) are tax-free year-round. So 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 namesake of Lincoln’s historic address. And before the kids cringe, remind them that Gettysburg exhibits include train and wax museums and, well, a fair amount of gore (51,000 killed, wounded or missing). Nearby, Land of Little Horses hosts a bevy of farm animal friends.

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!
The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg

1863 Gettysburg Village Dr, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Phone: +1 717-337-9705

Las Vegas Premium Outlets (North/South)

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. And while you won’t get outlet prices, the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes (with gondola rides) and the Forum Shops at Caesars are worth a visit, if just for the experience.

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 Premium Outlets

875 South Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89106

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Phone: +1 702-474-7500

About the Author

Laura Boswell is a Washington, DC-based journalist and essayist covering travel, sports, careers and relationships for outlets including, The Washington Post, AARP The Magazine and The Bob Edwards Show.

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