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Big-Bargain Outlet Malls

With bucket-list magnets like Rodeo Drive and Union Square, California has undeniable star power when it comes to shopping. But all those fashion finds and gifts for everyone back home don’t have to come with hefty price tags. The state’s top outlet malls, featuring superstar big-name brands (think Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Prada, and Kate Spade) offer top-quality clothes, housewares, and accessories at dramatic discounts. While some outlets are set up as traditional outdoor malls, others have their own unique style—from colorful, sunny settings in the desert to a location in a former Los Angeles tire factory now reborn as lavishly embellished complex straight out of Aladdin.  

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Inland Empire Outlets

Inland Empire Outlets
Find bargains on brand names at major outlet centers

The only thing better than scoring the perfect outfit or designer shoes is to get them for a bargain price. That’s why shopping in the Inland Empire can be so sweet—it’s a hot bed of top-quality outlet centers filled with designer and brand name finds.

Biggest of the bunch is Ontario Mills, California’s largest outlet center. With more than 200 stores, it literally has brand names from A (Abercrombie & Fitch) to Z (Zumiez). Look for great deals in for clothes and shoes for men, women, and children, plus accessories, electronics, sporting goods, and home wares. There’s also a big selection at the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center, where you’ll find deals at stores for Nike, Gap, and Guess Armani.

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Explore Simon Properties' Ontario Mills and the California Welcome Center.
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Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Shop for bargains near Palm Springs

Here’s something to tempt you away from all that basking by the pool at your stylish Palm Springs resort. The 180-store Desert Hills Premium Outlets complex is a California collection of luxury outlet stores including brands like Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford and Valentino, with the latest looks for a fraction of what you’d expect to pay for these ritzy duds. Plus, you’ll find popular stores like Coach, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.  

The complex borders Interstate 10, the main route connecting Palm Springs to the Southern California coast, so it’s an easy (and essential) detour on your way to or from San Diego, L.A., or other points west.

Insider’s tip: For more bargain hunting, head to the adjacent Cabazon Outlets for deep discounts from Sunglass Hut, Guess, and other popular brands.

 

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シタデル・アウトレット

シタデル・アウトレット
ロサンゼルスのダウンタウンに近いランドマーク的なアウトレット

ダウンタウンロサンゼルスの近くにあるシタデル・アウトレットのようなショッピングセンターはちょっと珍しいです。
このアウトレットは、1920年代のタイヤ工場の跡地にあります。古代バビロンを思わせるエキゾティックな520メートルのファサードの向こう側には、130店舗以上あるショップとホテルが並んでいます。

一見すると古代の寺院のように見えますが、少なくとも寺院という意味では、間違いというわけではありません。シタデルは現代におけるショッピングの聖地です。子供と一緒にジンボリーやディズニーアウトレットへ行ってみましょう。男性なら、A/Xアルマーニ・エクスチェンジやペリー・エリスでワードローブを一新、女性はケイト・スペード・ニューヨークなどのシックなブランドが必見です。

事前にいろいろなイベントのスケジュールを確認しましょう。マムズ・アンド・ミモザズ(母の日にお母さんを連れていくのに最高)やミリタリーの感謝月間には特別割引などのイベントがあります。そして到着後は、まずカスタマーサービスに立ち寄り、割引クーポンや割引パスポートを入手しましょう。お得なサービスを提供しているお店もあります。シタデル・アウトレットにはカリフォルニア・ウエルカム・センターのロサンゼルス店があります。観光プランを立てるのを、スタッフが親切にサポートしてくれます。事務所と全店舗の場所はこの地図でご確認ください。

なお、このアウトレットモールには世界各国料理のクイックサービスレストランも揃っています(食事よりもショッピングに時間を使いたいですものね)。ベトナム料理、お寿司、地中海料理のシシカバブなどが揃っています。他のアウトレット同様、シタデルにも隣接した屋外駐車場がたくさんありますが、ピーク時には直ぐ満車になります。ホフナーアベニューの向い側には、入りきらない車を収容する9階建ての無料立体駐車場があり、車1,000台が駐車できます。

耳より情報: 車で南に約30分ほど(渋滞なしで)のところにあるディズニーランド・リゾートに行く予定を計画中なら、ぜひシタデルも加えてください。シタデルでは、アナハイムのホテル数軒からエクスプレスシャトルバス(有料)を提供しています。ロサンゼルスのダウンタウンに滞在しているなら、非常に簡単です。ダウンタウンの複数のロケーションから無料シャトルが走っています。シタデル・アウトレットは、メトロリンクからのアクセスも容易です。

 

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Gilroy Premium Outlets

Gilroy Premium Outlets
Browse for bargains off U.S. 101

Thanks to its many farms and annual festival, Gilroy has earned the title of “Garlic Capital of the World.” But this Central Coast town is also a prime shopping destination, with the expansive Gilroy Premium Outlets offering 145 stores featuring leading brands and designers.

Some 84 miles/135km south of San Francisco and 41 miles/66km northeast of Monterey, the outlets make a great stop as you travel along U.S. Highway 101. Take your teens to check out cool fashions at Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet and American Apparel. Look for deals from such classics as Calvin Klein and Brooks Brothers. Or pick up premium workout gear at Lululemon Athletica and outdoor adventure clothes and gear at The North Face outlet. And the shoe selection ranges from casual Crocs to classy Cole Haan.

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The Outlets at Orange

The Outlets at Orange
Great deals near Disneyland Resort

Less than 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom, there’s another destination that might be just as magical—if you’re into shopping for bargains in a surprisingly inviting setting. The Outlets at Orange complex features top stores and a host of other activities that don’t involve bargain hunting. Catch a movie at the AMC Orange 30, which includes an IMAX 3D theater. Rejuvenate with a treatment at the Burke Williams Day Spa, while the kids burn off some energy as they shred on the indoor street course and assorted ramps and concrete bowls at the indoor-outdoor Vans SkatePark. The popular skate park also offers equipment rentals and lessons.

But let’s not forget—you’re here for the shopping. Find marked-down merchandise at Neiman Marcus Last Call and seriously awesome deals at Nordstrom Rack and DKNY. Get a new surf-ready look at Hurley, or something slinky and lacy at Frederick’s of Hollywood.

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Join Simon Properties for the ultimate shopping trip to the Outlets at Orange.
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Vacaville Premium Outlets

Vacaville Premium Outlets
Stylish bargains off Interstate 80

If you’re heading from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento or Lake Tahoe, take a break and check out the 115-plus stores at the impressive Vacaville Premium Outlets, located in Vacaville.

You’ll find dozens of shoe stores alone, including Adidas, Aldo, Asics, Bass, Clark’s, Cole Haan, Crocs, and Converse (and that’s just from A through C!), not to mention designer fashions, sportswear, leather goods and more at this open-air center just off I-80, the main east-west corridor between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada range. Shop for deals on such iconic brands as Coach, Tumi, The North Face, Le Creuset, and Banana Republic.

For shoppers’ convenience, on site at Vacaville Premium Outlets are a children’s play area, baby changing stations, and electric vehicle charging stations. If you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up, Starbuck’s and Kristin’s Coffee Corner are onsite, along with food at DJ’s Grill and Deli and treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

While in the Vacaville area, there’s lots you can check out. The nearby Suisun Valley is home to a booming winemaking industry; drop by Blue Victorian Vineyards or Wooden Valley Winery for a tour and tasting, or, right in downtown Vacaville’s Town Square, stop by Cuvee E, a wine bar specializing in local vintages. There are lots of ways to take advantage of the region’s ideal climate and terrain as well. Visit Browns Valley Open Space Preserve to go bouldering, or visit dog-friendly, 470-acre Pena Adobe Park to go hiking, have a picnic or spend an afternoon fishing.

 

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San Francisco Premium Outlets

San Francisco Premium Outlets
Travel east to save in the Tri-Valley

If your California vacation list includes finding new designer duds, head to the San Francisco Premium Outlets for name-brand clothes at steeply discounted prices. The collection of more than 180 designer-brand retail outlets is about 40 miles east of San Francisco in the Tri-Valley city of Livermore. Shopping here means you’ll probably have enough cash left over to buy an extra outfit or two.

Read the roster of brands in this mall’s store directory and you’ll feel like you’re skimming through the latest issue of Vogue. Armani, Burberry, DKNY, Kate Spade New York, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada—it’s a wish list of designers, all with prices at up to 65% off full retail. You’ll find more than clothes here too: Le Creuset has an outlet, with big price cuts on high-end cookware. Also browse for baubles at Swarovski and other jewelry outlets, get a fresh scent at L’Occitane, tell time at Movado, and snag a pair of Skechers. Then buy a new suitcase to pack up your finds at the Samsonite outlet.

As if that’s not enough temptation, plan your visit to this mall, formerly called Livermore Premium Outlets, by signing up for the free VIP Shopper Club to get extra discounts at your favorite stores.

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Head to Livermore, in the Tri-Valley area, for a day of shopping at the San Francisco Premium Outlets.