Top US Shopping Malls and Outlets
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).