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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

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 Chicago

#2 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Chicago'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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#3 San Francisco

#3 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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 dozens of one-of-a-kind shops can be found on Haight Street. Read More »

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#4 Minneapolis - St. Paul

#4 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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, and more than 50 nearby hotels offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the mall. Read More »

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#5 Los Angeles

#5 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Next to New York, LA is considered by many to be the country's most fashionable city. From the ultra-high-end Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to LA’s famed outdoor mall The Grove, shoppers will delight in the plethora of fashionable neighborhoods this city has to offer. Read More »

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#6 Seattle

#6 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Between Macy’s and the multilevel Nordstrom flagship store, downtown Seattle will satisfy your department store needs. Pike Place Market is a haven for locally made jewelry and clothing, while Ballard Avenue NW is a must-see for boutique shoppers. Read More »

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#7 Palm Springs

#7 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Few places scream "cool" quite like Palm Springs, with its desert vibes and midcentury modern designs. Shoppers in this Southern California city can find a mix of trendy boutiques and antique shops in the Uptown Design District and the downtown area, while VillageFest hosts over 180 local vendors each Thursday selling everything from handmade jewelry to vintage CDs. Read More »

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#8 Honolulu - Oahu

#8 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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 Prada rub elbows with tourist-kitsch shops like Hawaiian Island Creations. Read More »

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#9 Houston

#9 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

Everything is bigger in Texas – including the shopping. Houston, the largest city in the Lone Star State, offers more than a dozen distinct shopping areas with thousands of retail stores. Don't miss the 2.4 million-square-foot Galleria, one of the largest malls in the U.S. Read More »

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#10 Boston

#10 in Best Shopping Destinations in the USA

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

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