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Make Shopping In Arizona A Priority On Your Vacation

Shopping in Arizona is an activity you’ll want to place near the top of your to do list. The state offers some of the largest shopping malls in the Southwest. Browse upscale boutiques, authentic western wear stores, outlet malls, antique shops and trading posts selling Native American crafts. The Flagstaff Mall & Marketplace in northern Arizona is an indoor/outdoor shopping center featuring lodge-style ambience. Take a break from shopping and sit by the grand fireplace while you savor a coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy views of Mt. Elden and the surrounding ponderosa pine forest as you explore more than 70 stores.

Downtown Flagstaff and the Historic Southside District offer a variety of apparel boutiques, outdoor outfitters, art galleries and shops selling authentic Native American crafts and jewelry. Live entertainment is presented most evenings and shoppers enjoy a wide choice of restaurants and cafes nearby. Oak Creek Vista Overlook, 14 miles south of Flagstaff on Hwy89-A, is a Native American arts and crafts vending project in partnership with the Coconino National Forest. Purchase high quality crafts and jewelry year-round from 16 vendors.

La Encantada in Tucson is a prime destination for upscale shoppers. The two-level center was the first luxury shopping center in Southern Arizona. Shop designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. along with popular retailers like J. Crew, Apple and Brooks Brothers. Enjoy fine dining at several highly rated restaurants on-site.

The Lost Barrio is situated in a restored warehouse district on Park Avenue south of Broadway Boulevard in Tucson. The complex offers one-of-a-kind stores and galleries selling antiques, art, home décor and gifts. Old Town Artisans at the corner of Court Avenue and Washington Street is housed in one of Tucson’s most historic buildings. Built in 1775, El Presidio San Agustin del Tucson is now home to a dozen shops and art galleries. Take a few moments to admire some of the original architectural features including a ceiling decorated with saguaro cacti.

The Greater Phoenix area boasts some of the most spectacular shopping areas in the Southwest. Scottsdale is known for upscale fashion and uptown Phoenix is a hot spot for trendy boutiques and thrift stores. Head to the East Valley for mall shopping and browse Glendale for antiques. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss Outlets At Anthem, located off I-17. The open-air outlet mall has more than 60 designer brand shops, a food court, and fun activities for kids. Biltmore Fashion Park is home to the only Saks Fifth Avenue in Arizona. Shop a variety of upscale stores including Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma, MAC Cosmetics and Pottery Barn. Grab lunch at one of several award-winning eateries in the complex. The Phoenix Public Market, held in the heart of downtown on Saturdays, is a fun place to mingle with locals and shop for handmade jewelry, crafts, aromatherapy soaps, hot sauce and gifts.

Scottsdale Fashion Square is the largest shopping mall in the Greater Phoenix area. Nicknamed the “Beverly Hills of the Southwest,” it offers designer shops like Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Kierland Commons is a lifestyle center with 70 specialty shops including Michael Kors, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble and Tommy Bahama. Dine at chic eateries serving regional fare and ethnic specialties.

Superstition Springs Center in Mesa, is a family-friendly shopping area with four department stores and more than 150 stores and eateries. Enjoy the state’s only double-decker carousel and an indoor children’s play area. Chandler Fashion Center in the Southeast Valley features more than 180 stores including four department stores and a variety of specialty shops and eateries. Arrowhead Towne Center, located off Loop 101 and Bell Road in Glendale, is the largest regional mall in the West Valley

Tempe Marketplace, situated near Arizona State University, is an open-air shopping center offering a variety of chain and specialty shops, department stores, a movie theater and food court. Nearby Arizona Mills bills itself as an indoor outlet and entertainment mall. Before or after shopping for bargains, visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Sea Life Arizona aquarium and the largest IMAX Theater in the state.

Sedona is known for its breathtaking scenery and many New Age shops. It’s a great place to buy crystals, candles, aromatherapy oils and self-improvement books. Uptown Sedona is jam-packed with t-shirts, gemstone jewelry, sculptures, journals, photography and souvenirs. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has been a must-see destination in Sedona since the 1970s. Situated next to scenic Oak Creek, the shopping area was inspired by a Mexican village. Explore over 50 specialty shops and galleries or observe artisans hard at work on new creations. Many of the shops specialize in Southwestern art, jewelry, sculptures and glasswork. You’ll also find handcrafted apparel including silk scarves and leather.

Old Towne Phoenix and Catlin Court in Glendale offer amazing finds for antique enthusiasts. Sue and Jerry’s Trading Post features a mix of resale, consignment and gift shop merchandise. See wacky outdoor metal art, western collectibles and items you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. The quirky store is located in downtown Oracle, 38 miles north of Tucson. The Brass Armadillo in Goodyear is one of the largest antique malls in the state and offers over 55,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. It’s located off I-10 at Dysart.

Be sure to check out the gift shops at museums and national parks for unique items and souvenirs. In addition to merchandise based on exhibits, many offer a great selection of toys, stationery, affordably priced art, jewelry and even apparel.