First, put on some comfortable shoes. Then head out of the hotel and stroll the streets of your CitySampler destination. You’ll soon realize you’re actually running a gauntlet of the nation’s name-brand retailing empire. Everything your heart desires is right there behind those picture windows. But be careful… you could get tripped up with prices that will knock your socks off!
So how do you have it both ways? A complimentary CitySampler getaway AND a shopping experience that will save you enough for a new pair of shoes? Head for a destination with great hotels and an outlet mall nearby!
America has more than 13,000 outlet malls nationwide, ranging from the small to the large to the outlandishly enormous. Many of them are convenient to your favorite destinations! Whether you’re making a trip just to do some shopping, or you have some time to kill on the last day of your trip, these outlet malls are sure to surprise and delight you. Check out this list and let the deals begin!
St Louis, Missouri: St Louis Outlet Mall (formerly St Louis Mills), St Louis Premium Outlets
Perfect for a weekend trip or family getaway, St Louis offers more than just the famous Gateway Arch. The St Louis Outlet Mall, while it only offers around 50 stores, is conveniently located close to the airport and two large casinos. You can also sign up for the kid’s club, which has special events year round. St Louis Premium outlets has around 100 stores and is located in Chesterfield, also close to the airport. If the kids get sick of all the bargain hunting you’ll be doing, take them to a park along the winding Missouri River – or to the Sky Zone Trampoline Park just down the road. For the grownups, we recommend taking a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the ultimate St Louis experience.
Miami, Florida: Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall
Sawgrass Mills, this native Floridian’s favorite outlet mall on the list, is an experience unto itself. One of the biggest malls in the country, it boasts over 300 stores (read that again – three hundred!) including Saks Off Fifth and Last Call from Neiman Marcus. There’s a movie theater and plenty of restaurants, and the location in Sunrise, Florida is convenient not only to Miami but also to Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. This outlet experience would take more than a day if you let it, but if you get all shopped out, escape to the nearby pristine wilderness of Everglades National Park. You can take an airboat ride, admire alligators and herons in one of America’s most unique natural habitats, or take a trip to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to learn about traditional Seminole crafts and ways of life.
Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio: Lodi Station Outlets and Cincinnati Premium Outlets
While Lodi Station (pronounced low-die) only has around 60 stores, it has something for the kids that no other outlet on this list has: a train. The ‘Victoria’ was built by hand and has over two miles of track. Lodi, a scenic town 30 minutes away from Cleveland, is surrounded by picturesque apple orchards and Amish villages, making the area perfect for a fall weekend getaway. And if the kids are teens, take them to Cleveland’s iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame for a trip they’ll never forget. If you’re in Cincinnati, meanwhile, the Cincinnati Premium Outlets offer back to school events for kids and teens (including a partnership with Teen Vogue) and free summer concerts.
Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas Premium Outlets North and South
Las Vegas is one of the most luxurious cities in the country, so it’s no wonder that it also has some fabulous discount luxury shopping. If you want the designer brands Vegas is known for without the designer prices, Premium Outlets has two locations on either side of the city for maximum convenience, each with about 150 stores. The North branch is more high-end, and if you want to see both, they’re only 10 miles apart. (HOTEL SHIT)
Branson, Missouri: Branson Landing, Tanger Outlets Branson
Branson is one of the foremost vacation and entertainment hotspots in the US. Both Branson Landing and Tanger Outlets in Branson are conveniently located, and both have over 100 stores. Plus, Tanger Outlets has their own app to guide you to their sales and savings. While in Branson, check out their waterparks and show theatres and attractions. To see some of your Branson hotel options, click hear.
Destin, Florida: Silver Sands Outlet
Destin is famous for having some of the country’s finest beaches, but the city is also home to Silver Sands outlet, a beautiful complex centrally located for those who don’t want to be far from the action. If you’re staying in Panama City or Pensacola, some of the Florida Panhandle’s other popular beach destinations, Destin is located in between them. Silver Sands outlet has more than 100 stores – including a Nike store that offers free runs on the beach – but if that’s not enough for you, check out Destin’s famous sportfishing and white sand beaches.
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