Some people like to shop, some people really like to shop and some people love to go shopping so much that they make mini-vacation trips to “destination shopping malls”. TheRealPlaces has popular guides for finding hotels near major US malls and shopping centers – and our list of included centers is bigger than ever after a few recent additions.
Destiny USA is a rather ostentatiously-named mega-shopping mall in Syracuse, New York. It’s currently ranked at #6 in the United States in terms of retail space.
Located a short distance from Boston in Braintree, Massachusetts, South Shore Plaza is the largest mall in New England, with over 200 stores.
At over 2,000,000 square feet Lakewood Center in Lakewood, California is also among the 25 largest shopping centers in the US. It’s at the center of a shopping district plopped into the middle of a large residential area in southern Los Angeles County, near the middle of the triangle created by downtown LA, Anaheim and Long Beach.
With Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as “anchors” NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas correctly defines itself as an “upscale” enclosed shopping Mall. It’s located on the north side of Dallas and opened in 1965.
Despite the “Mills” in the name (usually synonymous with outlet shopping), Pittsburgh Mills offers a mix of the usual mall store suspects as well as some outlet stores. It’s located near the town of Tarentum northeast of Pittsburgh.
You might not consider West Des Moines, Iowa to be a likely spot for one of the country’s 25 biggest shopping malls, but Jordan Creek Town Center is exactly that. It opened in 2004 and is near the intersection of I-80 and I-35 on the western edge of the Des Moines metro area.
Areas near resort towns have become popular sites for outlet shopping centers – like the Silver Sands Premium Outlets in the Destin/Miramar Beach area in Florida’s panhandle. They’ve got 110 outlet stores and they’re only a block or two off the beach.
“The Strip” in Las Vegas has major outlet shopping centers a short distance to both the north and south. Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North and Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South provide a multitude of places to spend your casino winnings.
San Marcos, Texas – conveniently located on I-35 about half-way between San Antonio and Austin – offers a little bit of outlet shopping heaven with two shopping centers operating next door to each other. Whether you’re doing some “destination shopping” or just taking a break from Interstate travel, San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets San Marcos have just about every outlet store imaginable between them.