Top tips for USA Christmas shopping

'Shop 'til you drop' could have been coined for British visitors heading across the Atlantic, such is its popularity as a holiday activity. Several states either have no sales tax or exclude clothing from sales taxes, while some stores and outlets have further incentives for overseas shoppers – it's time to hit the shops! 


Go independent  

While the U.S. is known for its malls, visitors seeking something more authentic are in for a treat too. Take Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco or York Boulevard in Los Angeles, for example, where independent stores, vintage shops and bookshops lie amid myriad cool delis and cafes. 

Not taxing 

Five USA states – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon – impose no sales tax, with the latter three having no local sales taxes either. Other states exempt clothing from sales taxes, among them Massachusetts, above right, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania

Cool shopping

Shoppers visiting Miami’s new downtown Brickell City Centre mall can take an elevator ride from its 100-plus designer shops – including Armani, Ted Baker and Hugo Boss – to the new 352- room hotel, EAST, directly above. 



Big Apple bargains 

Empire Outlets, New York City’s first outlet shopping destination, opens in March 2018 at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on Staten Island with around 100 shops, waterfront dining and a 190-room boutique hotel. 

Brand new outlet

Open from October 2017, Outlets Of Des Moines, six miles from Iowa city’s downtown, features 300,000 square feet of retail space and over 65 brand name outlet shops including Tommy Hilger, Under Armour, Levi’s Outlet Store, Express Factory Store and Nike Factory Store. 



Boston’s best boutiques

The Cambridgeside Mall, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has undergone an 'energising refresh'. Housing 100 shops including H&M, Macy’s and an Apple Store, the enclosed centre is steps from downtown Boston and was named the city’s best mall and shopping centre by USA Today. 

Shoppy Birthday

Mall of America, right, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the USA, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. The Bloomington, Minnesota, complex offers over 520 stores and restaurants, the nation's largest indoor family theme park, the Minnesota Aquarium, and even the USA's longest indoor zip-line. 

There are so many great reasons to visit the USA! Download our new FREE USA travel guide here to plan your next holiday. 

Posted on: 19/11/2017

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