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Bigger then Ever: Texas Shopping

Shopping in Texas is as big and exciting as its scenic vistas and rich cultural history. No matter what type of shopping experience travelers are seeking, they are sure to find it in the Lone Star State's premier shopping malls, historic small towns or hip urban shopping districts. From high-end couture to outlet centers to antique treasures, Texas has it all. And with dynamic shopping packages available through ShopAmericaTours.com, including Fabulous Shopping &Dallas Arts, Art Lovers Escape (Fort Worth), Cowgirl Chic! (Fort Worth) and more, the Texas shopping experience is further heightened. All packages offer discounts and special attraction passes throughout Texas.

Big City Shopping

Dallas is home to more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the country, featuring the original Neiman Marcus and two premier shopping centers - NorthPark Center and the Dallas Galleria. Nearby, Fort Worth embraces its cowboy heritage with M.L. Leddy custom boot makers and the shops of The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where western wear is a specialty.

Located north of Dallas, the Allen Premium Outlets feature 100 stores and premier brands. On the Gulf Coast, Houston is home to the Houston Galleria, which has established itself as the city’s number one shopping and tourist destination, with more than 24 million annual visitors to its more than 375 fine stores and restaurants.

Houston’s newest outlet shopping center, Houston Premium Outlets, offers shoppers a wide variety of designer fashions and bargains. Nearby options include the Katy Mills Mall and The Woodlands Town Center, and just minutes from The Woodlands, the Outlets at Conroe. This convenient, open-air shopping center offers extraordinary savings and exceptional quality.

Austin’s hip area of South Congress Avenue, or SoCo, offers small-label designer clothing boutiques, folk art, vintage goods, western wear and antiques. While enjoying downtown Austin, shoppers can explore the Second Street District full of trendy boutiques, salons, and one-of-a-kind restaurants.
For upscale shops, The Domain brings shoppers Austin’s first Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and Sur La Table. And 20 minutes north of Austin, the Round Rock Premium Outlets feature 125 stores and premier brands. In San Marcos, less than an hour south of Austin, the San Marcos Outlet Mall draws more than 9 million annual visitors to its more than 130 brand names.

Also less than an hour from Austin is San Antonio, where visitors will fill their days at some of the city’s famous historic sites, shopping along the River Walk, strolling the Shops of La Cantera, and picking up unique Mexican crafts at El Mercado. El Paso is full of historic missions, exotic shopping and a bounty of great food.
The Galeria San Ysidro offers a shopping adventure with three floors of unique boutiques in downtown El Paso, where visitors will find everything from wire bird cages to wooden hutches. El Paso is also home to Rocketbuster Boots, world-renowned for its handmade custom boots and famous clientele. The open-air Outlet Shoppes at El Paso offer a wide variety of fashion, home goods and furnishings.

Town Squares and Street Shopping

Some of the most unique shopping in the Lone Star State can be found in quaint town squares and along main streets of Texas small towns. Southwest of Fort Worth, Granbury offers a slice of Americana with shops galore surrounding the picturesque Hood County courthouse.

Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth, historic downtown Grapevine offers sophisticated charm and antique shopping, while the nearby Grapevine Mills Mall is a shopper's delight, with over 1.6 million square feet and nearly 200 retail stores to choose from.
Southeast of Dallas, the town of Canton hosts monthly outdoor trade days, bringing thousands of vendors from across the country to turn this friendly community into a shopper's paradise of rare antiques and collectibles, furniture, fine home decor, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, tools, produce, and much more.
South of Waco, the charming town of Salado features a fascinating variety of shops - art galleries, antiques, crafts and women's fashions. Several outstanding craftsmen and artists also reside in Salado.

The Allen Premium Outlets feature 100 stores and premier brands
The Allen Premium Outlets feature 100 stores and premier brands



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