San Francisco Premium Outlets – Tri-Valley, California
Nestled in California’s oldest wine region, San Francisco Premium Outlets is the state’s largest outdoor shopping mall. The outlets feature an impressive collection of major retailers including Gucci, Prada, Burberry, The North Face and Coach. Visitors can shop at over 180 iconic brands and designer names at lower prices while enjoying the idyllic California sunshine. For more information head to visittrivalley.com.
16th Street Mall – Denver, Colorado
16th Street Mall in downtown Denver is a pedestrian promenade lined with numerous shops, from book stores and clothing outlets to restaurants and cafés. Visitors can hop on and off the Free MallRide bus which runs up and down the promenade every day – ideal for carting around heavy shopping bags! For more information visit denver.org.
Fashion Island – Newport Beach, California
As the name suggests, Fashion Island in Newport Beach encompasses the hottest boutiques, big-name department stores and luxury designer outlets that southern California has to offer. More than just a shopping spot, Fashion Island offers a variety of restaurants and cafés offering everything from sushi to gelato. It’s also dog-friendly, so fashionistas can shop until they drop with their pampered pooch. For more information visit visitnewportbeach.com.
Miyagi Prefecture – Japan
Cotton production has grown in popularity amongst locals in Miyagi. Residents started growing cotton in Tohoku after saltwater from the 2011 tsunami made growing rice too difficult. Today, the cotton is used by locals in Kesennuma City to make clothes, with stores such as Kesennuma Knitting proving so popular that branches have started to pop up in Tokyo. For more information head to visitmiyagi.com.
Dana Point Harbor – Dana Point, California
Dana Point Harbor is a highlight of any visit to Orange County and is a central spot for activity bookings, delicious dining options and an array of shops. The latter is where visitors will find gems by local artisans; stores include Art Sea, which sells Pacific Ocean-inspired artwork, jewellery and décor, and Chez Nevine, which offers one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. For more information visit head to visitdanapoint.com.
Pacific City – Huntington Beach, California
Offering incredible ocean views, Pacific City is Huntington Beach’s unique shopping and dining destination. It features quirky stores housed in modern craftsman beach bungalows, an artisan market inspired by California cuisine with patio dining, outdoor movie nights and plenty of places to hang out. This beachfront, open-air centre fuses modern luxury with local, laid-back surf vibes and delivers a high-quality selection of stores, including Urban Outfitters, Free People, Brandy Melville and Vissla. For more information visit surfcityusa.com.
Santana Row – San Jose, California
Lined with leafy oak trees, large sculptures, antique fountains and live musicians, Santana Row is San Jose’s luxury shopping destination, combining a relaxed California style with a European village on market day. Featuring a vibrant mix of over 50 shops and 30 restaurants, visitors have plenty of choices to refuel while shopping in the Row’s top stores, including Aesop, Kendra Scott, Gucci and Tesla. For more information visit head to visitcalifornia.co.uk.
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