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Best outlet shopping in America

Bargain hunters rejoice, America is a thrifty shopper’s paradise with over 13,000 outlet malls packed with affordable designer wear.

Bargain hunters rejoice, America is a thrifty shopper’s paradise with over 13,000 outlet malls packed with affordable designer wear.

 

We’ve rounded up the best shopping across the state so everyone from luxe lovers to brand-name junkies can get their retail fix.

 

1. Bargain hunters

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For millions of bargain hunters, brand name shopping doesn’t get any bigger or better than the Tanger Outlets in San Marcos. Situated between San Antonio and Austin in Texas, San Marcos is home to the largest outlet centre in the US. You will need at least two or three days to visit the 111,000 square meters of shops. The centre boasts more than 100 of the world’s most popular brand names and designer outlet stores including Reebok, Adidas, Disney Store Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Kenneth Cole, Crocs and many more.

Address: 4015 I-35 South San Marcos, TX 78666

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm

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2. Label lovers

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Across the road from Tanger Outlet is a label lover’s paradise at San Marcos Premium outlet. This spectacular shopping mecca is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Texas, with over 140 luxury outlet stores. Here you’ll find every designer brand name you need from footwear, apparel, accessories and even furniture and home décor.

Address: 3939 IH-35 South San Marcos, TX 78666

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.

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3. Best for a mini-break

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For seaside chic, Silver Sands in Florida is conveniently located near the popular Florida Panhandle so a short distance for surfers and holidaymakers. The 100-plus stores boast names including Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Nine West and Under Armour. The Nike Factory Store even invites customers for weekly sunset runs along the beach so you can show off your new workout gear too. If you’re planning a girls’ trip, Silver Sands partners with hotels for shop, stay and spa packages, so you can make the most of the emerald-hued waters and white-sand beaches nearby. For a boys trip the nearby Destin promotes itself as ‘the fishing capital of the world’’ so you can enjoy water sports, shelling, amazing seafood or a game of golf at one of the renowned courses.

Address: 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32550

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.

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4. For foodies

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If what you eat is just as important as what you wear then the King Of Prussia will satisfy both your food and fashion needs. With seven world class department stores including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and more than 400 boutiques including Burberry, Apple, Louis Vuitton and Sephora, it’s no surprise the King of Prussia is the largest mall on the East Coast. When it’s time to refuel choose from one of the 40 eateries ranging from Maggiano’s Little Italy to Sullivan’s Steakhouse and indulge at The Cheesecake Factory if you still have room for dessert.

Address: 160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

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5. Best for families

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With America’s largest indoor theme park, Kid’s will love Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Aside from the 520 stores, the Mall of America has earned a reputation for entertaining families with celebrity appearances, musical performances, charitable initiatives, product launches, book signings and movie premieres. Every Tuesday from 10am until midday, the centre holds Toddler Tuesdays, which is a program that provides free entertainment and discounts for toddlers. Kids also eat free at participating restaurants.

Address: 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9.30pm and Sunday 11am-7pm.

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6. Designer junkies

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The Chicago Premium Outlets, is 64 kilometres west of Chicago and a high-end designer lovers mecca with a great collection of the finest designer labels and brands. With 120 exclusive shops and heavily discounted Armani, Boss and Dolce & Gabbana, plus 80 more stores opening in May this year, it is fast becoming one of the most popular Midwest shopping destinations.

Address: 1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard Aurora, IL 60502

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.

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7. Most decadent

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If no shopping trip to complete without a Gondola ride then The Grand Canal Shoppes offers a Las Vegas shopping experience like no other. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, alongside shops and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape as your singing gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. If you still have time for shopping check out one of the sophisticated stores or simply soak up the elegant atmosphere and enjoy a gourmet dining experience in the refined setting.

Address: 3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South Suite 2600 Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Opening hours: Friday to Saturday 10am-Midnight and Sunday to Thursday 10am-11pm.

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What do you think makes a memorable shopping experience?