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Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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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 travel experts' opinions to rank the best shopping destinations in the USA. Home to everything from high-end department stores to off-the-beaten-path thrift shops, these cities fit the bill. Got a favorite? Cast your vote below to help determine next year's rankings. 

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#1 New York City

#1 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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 on Fifth Avenue or head to the East Village for some vintage finds. Read More »

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#2 Los Angeles

#2 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: Next to New York, LA 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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#3 Chicago

#3 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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

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#4 San Francisco

#4 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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 expensive designer boutiques, while one-of-a-kind shops can be found in the colorful Mission District. Read More »

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#5 Minneapolis - St. Paul

#5 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: The city is home to the 5.6 million-square-foot Mall of America. A destination unto itself, the country's biggest mall (which can fit nine Yankee stadiums inside) boasts more than 520 stores, making it a shopaholic's dream. Even better: There is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota. Read More »

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#6 Las Vegas

#6 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: Sin City's retail options are almost as opulent as the casinos themselves. If it's luxury you seek (or just some fabulous window-shopping), head to the Wynn Esplanade or The Shops at Crystals. For more affordable options, try The Forum Shops at Caesars or Fashion Show Mall. Read More »

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#7 Dallas – Fort Worth

#7 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: Not only is Dallas home to the flagship Neiman Marcus store, it also boasts the historic Highland Park, referred to as the "Rodeo Drive of Dallas." If you're on the hunt for more unique wares, head south of downtown Dallas to the Bishop Arts District. Read More »

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#8 Honolulu - Oahu

#8 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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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#9 Miami

#9 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: You'll have your pick of trendy open-air malls in Miami. The Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables is beloved for its variety of shops as well as its eye-catching Mediterranean architecture. For even more shopping, art and architecture, visit the Miami Design District. Read More »

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#10 West Palm Beach

#10 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Why go: Like many of its Floridian neighbors, West Palm Beach offers a variety of open-air malls outfitted with towering palm trees. City Place is one of the most popular thanks to its bevy of shopping, dining and entertainment options. For a more eclectic feel and waterfront views, try Clematis Street. Read More »

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