Get everything on your wish list and shop in West Coast style.
If you’re heading to California or Arizona for your USA vacation, make sure to stop by these fantastic shopping centers you’ll discover scattered throughout the region. Expect sophisticated storefronts, delectable dining and incredible entertainment at these five fabulous destinations, all nearby some of the most exciting locales in the West.
Santa Monica Place: A One-Stop Entertainment Destination
Designated a LEED Gold-certified destination for its commitment to sustainability, the chic and open-air Santa Monica Place is an entertainment district that exudes California cool. At this central location west of Los Angeles, California, just blocks from Santa Monica Beach and its famed pier, you’ll find three floors of shopping and dining. Luxury brands include Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., while distinctive eateries range from farm-to-table spot The Curious Palate and al fresco French restaurant Loulou. If you can’t decide, the full-service concierge can help make dinner reservations and offer recommendations. There are also convenient public transit options, parking garages and valet parking. For additional amusement, check out the on-site Cayton Children’s Museum or cooking classes for all ages at The Gourmandise School.
Palm trees line the streets of Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California
Big Fun at Broadway Plaza
It’s no wonder Diablo Magazine has repeatedly voted Broadway Plaza “Best Shopping Center” in the San Francisco East Bay area; with over 80 specialty retailers and restaurants, this open-air market is worth experiencing for yourself. Located in the pedestrian-friendly center of downtown Walnut Creek, California, it’s accessible on the free Downtown Trolley route. Pristine landscaping, European-style fountains and stunning architecture set the scene as you browse department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s, as well as renowned brands like lululemon and Tommy Bahama. Stop in for a specialty snack at See’s Candies or Cocola Bakery, and don’t miss the live music and artisan markets that take place throughout the year.
The walkable streets of Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, California
Fabulous Finds at Scottsdale Fashion Square
Amid the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, you’ll find Scottsdale Fashion Square, where luxe shopping and dining await. Easily connect from downtown Scottsdale and Paradise Valley via the city’s trolley system to indulge at high-end retailers like Versace, Gucci and Dior, or the two-story flagship Apple store. Enjoy a wide variety of chef-helmed restaurants, including the world-famous Japanese restaurant Nobu. Book a luxury shopping experience for private access to designer retail stores and refreshments, including a champagne toast. For a taste of culture, explore the Wonderspaces art museum, as well as murals and statues throughout the property. And come 2024, the adjacent Caesars Republic Scottsdale will open as an upscale resort with a rooftop pool and celebrity chef-curated dining options.
The sparkling exterior of Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona
Southwestern Glamour at Biltmore Fashion Park
Arizona’s original luxury shopping destination is still among its most spectacular, thanks to impeccably manicured gardens and an impressive lineup of retailers. Centrally located near the family-friendly and walkable Camelback Corridor neighborhood of Phoenix, lush grounds and sparkling fountains add to the elegant appeal. Biltmore Fashion Park is home to the only Saks Fifth Avenue in Arizona and boasts a wide range of unique restaurants and outdoor patios. Take advantage of Sip & Shop packages at nearby hotels, as well as tailoring services and spa treatments.
The sun sets over Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, Arizona
Can’t-Miss Kierland Commons
Superior shopping meets brilliant nightlife at this open-air entertainment complex, located snugly near Scottsdale Airport between North Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. With more than 70 shops, the roster at Kierland Commons includes desired lifestyle brands like Vuori, Anthropologie and Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique. You’ll also find exceptional dining options with plenty of outdoor patio space any time of day: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery specializes in breakfast and brunch, The Greene House offers seasonal fare for lunch and dinner and Postino WineCafe and Bar NoRTH are great places for cocktails after dark. During the free May Music Series, listen to live local music under the stars on Friday evenings.