If your weekend getaway travel passions include shopping for incredible deals, definitely take a road trip geared toward hitting some of the nation's top outlet malls. With good planning and clear goals about the kind of merchandise you're after, you can create a tight, action packed weekend getaway that will satisfy the most discerning shopper. Here are just a few great destinations for a full weekend (or more) of discount fashion shopping.
Las Vegas offers plenty to your group of travelers, and shopping has become an increasingly exciting part of the mix. Three top outlet malls with big savings on great brands are all located within driving distance. Near the strip, Las Vegas Premium Outlets is an outdoor mall where you'll find savings on higher-end brands like Dolce Gabbana, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Diesel.
Just minutes from the strip, you'll find the Las Vegas Outlet Center, an extensive mall with a full-sized carousel for kids, shoes from Nike, Reebok, Converse, Hush Puppies, Sketchers, and Vans, and housewares from Corningware and Waterford Wedgwood.
In Primm, Nevada, 40 miles away, you'll find the mother of all outlets at Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas . This easy to navigate discount mall has some incredible savings on high-quality brands such as Michael Kors, Williams Sonoma, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Coach, Kennith Cole, Guess, and even a Versace Company Store. There is also a daily shuttle (reservations recommended) from the MGM and New York, New York casinos in Las Vegas. Your full shopping bags will help you work off the extra calories from those Vegas buffets!
For a great outlet road trip Texas-style, fly to Austin, San Antonio or Houston and target a group of three discount malls that represent perhaps one the finest outlet store collections in the country, The Prime Outlets San Marcos, designed to resemble St. Mark's Square in Venice, was rated by The View as one of the best places to shop in the world. It features 90 + outlet stores like A/X Armani, Bebe Outlet, Coach, Crate & Barrel, GAP Outlet, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, and Pottery Barn Furniture Outlet.
The San Marcos Tanger Outlet Center and its 90 + outlet stores is located right across the highway. About 25 miles west of Houston, you'll find Katy Mills, featuring outlet stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, Kennith Cole, Polo, Nine West, Brooks Brothers, Gap Outlet, Mikasa, Neiman Marcus, and Perry Ellis. The River Walk in San Antonio makes a great base for all of this shopping too, as a place where you can enjoy great music, cuisine, and fun people.
For an East Coast "shopcation," for sure head to Maine. Quaint harbor villages, fall foliage, bed and breakfasts, and antiquing are just that much better when you score great deals on name brands.
There are two main areas for outlet shopping in Maine, Kittery and Freeport. The Kittery Trading Post offers savings of 20-70% daily from the likes of Orvis Outdoor Wear, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, Timberland, Brookstone, and Yankee Candle. Freeport Village, 15 minutes from Portland along Maine's central coast, has over 60 outlet stores including the home of LL Bean (look for the giant boot out front). You'll also find other outdoor fashion favorites like Patagonia, Rockport, Levi, The North Face, and Abercrombie & Fitch.