For some people, holiday shopping is more of a drag than a joy. If this sounds like you, one possible solution to consider is turning your holiday shopping into a vacation. Take a long weekend, get out of town, and get all your shopping done while also enjoying yourself. Fortunately, there are several great cities across the country where you can get all of your shopping done while also having plenty of fun.
San Francisco is such a diverse city that in every part of the city you’ll find great places to shop and places to have fun. For instance, in the Mission District, you’ll find amazing bookstores, thrift shops, and an assortment of specialty stores that are unique to San Francisco. In Union Square, you’ll find a great mix of top department stores and luxury boutiques. Finally, you can visit PIER 39, which is not only close to San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions but also home to dozens of specialty shops so you’ll be able to find gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, you’ll be in San Francisco, close to wine country, incredible museums, interesting historical sites, and beautiful scenery.
Nashville is a great city to visit any time of year, but it’s especially fun to visit there during the holidays. You may be surprised to know that Nashville is the fashion capital of the U.S. outside of New York and Los Angeles. If you want access to top independent fashion designers, not to mention unique shops and boutiques, Nashville is the place to do your holiday shopping. Also, after doing your shopping during the day, you can spend your evenings enjoying the music scene in downtown Nashville.
If you want to get your holiday shopping done but don’t want to shop til you drop, Denver is the best place to go. The Mile High City features a giant outdoor shopping center in a 16-block area. You won’t have to worry about going from one neighborhood to the next like other major cities because over 250 retail locations are all centrally located, making it easy to get all of your shopping down without wearing yourself out. Also, since you won’t waste time running all over town, you’ll have more time to enjoy the city’s landmarks, museums, and mountains that not only make for majestic scenery but also provide opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other recreational activities.