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Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Quality, diversity and accessibility are key elements in determining what makes a destination a retail hot spot. In addition to this criteria, U.S. News analyzed reader votes and the opinions from travel experts to rank the best shopping destinations in the USA. From high-end multi-level department stores to off-the-beaten-path thrift shops, these cities fit the bill. Got a favorite? Cast your vote below and help us determine next year’s shopping rankings. 

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Why go: Regularly grouped with Milan, Paris and London as one of the fashion capitals of the world, New York City provides visitors with boundless shopping options. Browse retail giants like Henri Bendel or Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, or head to the East Village for some vintage finds. Read More»

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Why go: Considered the west coast version of New York City, San Francisco is similar in its abundance of great shopping spots. Union Square boasts brand name department stores and high-end designer boutiques while shops found in the colorful Mission District will show visitors the vibrancy San Francisco is so famous for. Read More»

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Why go: Chi-town's Magnificent Mile is not to be missed. This 13-block shopping mecca boasts more than 460 stores ranging in size, style and budget, making it nearly impossible for shoppers of all tastes to leave without a shopping bag in tow. Read More»

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Why go: The city is home to the 4.87 million-square-foot Mall of America. A destination unto itself, the country's biggest mall could fit seven Yankee stadiums inside it. The shopping center boasts more than 520 stores, making it a shopaholic's dream. Read More»

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Why go: Next to New York, Los Angeles is considered the country’s most fashionable city. From the ultra high-end Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to the beachside Third Street Promenade, shoppers will delight in the plethora of fashionable neighborhoods this city has to offer. Read More»

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Why go: Whether you're looking for something chic or retro, you're sure to find it somewhere in Boston. Start your spree on Newbury Street where you'll find everything from designer apparel to used books. For more funky finds, make your way to the Garment District. Read More»

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Why go: Everything is bigger in Texas, including the shopping. The largest city in the Lonestar State offers 54 shopping centers and over 16,000 retail stores to choose from. Don't miss out on the 2.4 million-square-foot Galleria, one of the largest malls in the U.S. Read More»

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Why go: You'll find retail favorites like Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue within a stone's throw of Waikiki Beach, but to do some more serious damage head to Ala Moana Center. Here, high-end stores like Chanel and Versace rub elbows with tourist-kitsch shops like Hawaiian Island Creations. Read More»

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