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Row district, comprising 40 antique shops, vintage boutiques and specialist design stores, all within walking distance of each other. Palm Beach also has one of America’s most exclusive shopping streets, in Worth Avenue. The world's largest retail property owner is SIMON Shopping Destinations, which runs or has stakes in malls in different 37 states. It has seen the opening of a Premium Outlets mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, in summer 2014 as well as the expansion of other centres


in Chicago suburb


Aurora, Virginia’s Arlington and Desert Hills, near Palm Springs in California.


TAX FREE Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon are musts on serious shoppers’ holiday itineraries; they are the only states that have no sales tax. Louisiana should also be on their shopping list for places to visit. It was the first US state to offer sales tax refunds to visitors, over 25 years ago. The refunds can be claimed for purchases from nearly 900 stores state-wide, with most of the major shopping centres in New Orleans and Baton Rouge being tax-free zones. Meanwhile, at The Shops at Columbus Circle in


New York City, shoppers can get a VIP Pass that enables them to enjoy a range of exclusive shopping and dining experiences. Macy's, which has stores all over America, oper- ates a Welcome International Savings Card – just show a passport – which gives international visitors 10% savings in all Macy's stores for 30 days. Dining and shopping often go hand in hand, as


Several other outlet malls made their debut during 2014. They included the Outlets at Assembly Mall, just seven minutes from downtown Boston and fea- turing more than 30 outlet stores from the likes of Adidas, Clarks, Converse, Nike, Reebok and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, and the new Palm Beach Outlets mall in Florida’s West Palm Beach, also anchored by Saks Off 5th and including stores by top names such as DKNY, Kenneth Cole and Polo. Lovers of fashions and items from times past are also catered for in West Palm Beach with its Antiques


many of America’s many shopping complexes also incorporate restaurants which offer a huge choice that ranges from fast food chains right through to top-end fine dining. If you’re stuck for something to eat, you


could do a lot worse than be in San Francisco. A survey by real estate company Trulia found that the City by the Bay had the highest density of restaurants in America, with almost 40 per 10,000 households. Other cities with a high ratio of eater- ies


included New York City,


Seattle, San Jose in California, Providence in Rhode Island,


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Burgers to caviar It's true, whatever your


favourite food or style of


restaurant it's so easy to fi nd it throughout the USA


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Shopping was listed as the top activity in the USA by 88% of British visitors in 2013, followed by sightseeing, 80%


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From blues to zydeco, and from opera to musicals, night-time entertainment is a key part of most peoples' US holiday


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