When you go to a new city (or are just looking for a fun day trip in your hometown), what's something you tend to get most excited about? New food spots are a given, and when you're new to a place, Yelp and Google reviews quickly become your best friend. The prospect of stumbling upon to cool, Instagram-worthy photoshoot location? That's something everyone loves to do, too, and these cool, fashion girl–approved vacation spots are sure to rack in some major likes.
But the one thing we always look for first when we travel somewhere or are just trying to get away from the city? A good outlet mall. That's right, the massive outdoor shopping compounds boast major deals and are every budget-shoppers best-kept secret. You can find them all around the U.S., with many offering 100+ brands at discounted prices, plenty of food, and a really good retail therapy session. Itching for some designer goods for a fraction of the retail price? Read on to see the best outlets in the US, plus the stores you have to check out at each.
"Every brand that you can think of has an outlet store at this outlet location. It's enormous. It'll take you at least a couple days to go through. Some of the stores are not at outlet discounted price, but many of them are. Well worth going around and shopping out. Lots of locals go there but also lots of tourists. A good place to go. It's fun." — Arvin Manahan
Stores to Check Out: DVF, Alexander McQueen, Ann Taylor Factory, Barneys New York Warehouse
"This is a great place for shopping gorgeous brands. The services here are usually very nice, and the price is also lower compared with the retail stores anywhere else or online. There are also many restaurants, and I love to have dinner at Shake Shack after a day of shopping." — Peter Liu
Stores to Check Out: Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Celine, Bottega Veneta
"This outlet is one of the best! It has a LOT of stores. If you like shopping and finding good deals, this is a great place to stop at. I was very satisfied with my experience. I was able to buy two swimsuits and a rash guard for $60. They have water mist sprayers throughout the whole place to help keep you cool. There are canopies set up so while you are walking, you can walk in the shade. Parking will cost you. We paid $5 and were there for two hours. There are two different parking garages on opposite sides of the mall. Note which one you parked at so you don't walk to the wrong one as I did." — William Thomas
"Huge selection of stores, and good for any budget. From Barney's and Saks to Disney and Famous Footwear, this place has something for every style. Across the street is a Crate and Barrel outlet. The area has lots of shady spots to take a rest in, either on a bench, planter, or Adirondack chairs. So if you're in the area and need a break from the traffic, this is a great distraction. Also, try the gelato place—holy cow, it's really good!" — Joe Ousley
Stores to Check Out: Bloomingdales, Converse, Cole Haan, Etro, Maje
"I love, love, love Dolphin Mall! There are so many stores in the mall. You'll also find a number of great restaurants to choose from when you need to refuel for more shopping! If you're a tourist, be sure to stop at the visitor desk at the mall entrance. Show your ID and receive a mall passport that will earn you all sorts of great discounts and deals at stores in the mall." — Robin M.
Stores to Check Out: Levi's, Loft Outlet, 7 for All Mankind, H&M