As Baby Boomers begin to reach retirement, age, many are looking to reinvent themselves and their style in their new-found free time, and that means that a Boomer’s ideal vacation destination has to be a shopper’s paradise. Here are some of the hottest vacation shopping spots, in the USA and overseas, that are perfect for the baby boom generation.
Beaches & Shopping in Miami
Miami, Florida has been a staple of many an American travel itinerary. Warm weather, wonderful beaches, and a rich offering of cultural events makes this city a favorite amongst tourists of all ages. Miami also has some great shopping to offer too. Collins Avenue, part of the city’s Fashion District, offers amazing architecture, stylish name brand shops and boutiques, and is easily accessible from popular nearby hotels. Treat yourself to palm lined Collins Avenue’s colorful Art Deco buildings, and, of course, fabulous fashions. Be aware, however, that the stores tend to be quite expensive and that they may not be within every shopper’s price range. The avenue’s best, most trendy shops can be found between 5th and 10th streets.
Adventure Shopping in Denver
If you’re more interested in hitting the ski slopes than the beaches, try Denver, Colorado. Cherry Creek North is a 16 block outdoor shopping center located just 5 minutes away from downtown Denver. You can hunt for rustic antiques, stock up on sports and outdoor gear before heading out into the wilds of Colorado, or build a new wardrobe full of designer clothes. The possibilities don’t end with shopping. Cheery Creek North is home to great restaurants and world class entertainment, and has something for everyone, from budget conscious bargain hunters to shopping spree lovers alike. If you are in the area, a day trip out to try the shopping in Steamboat Springs would not let you down as well.
Culture Shopping in Berlin
Berlin, Germany is one of Europe’s’ greatest cities, and it has the shopping to match its cultural reputation. The famous Kurfürstendamm avenue, known to Berliners as the Ku’damm, has first class shopping, hotels, and restaurants. Many fashion designers have opened stores there, and the Ku’damm is such a hot spot for shoppers and sightseers that more than one automobile manufacturer has car showrooms on the street. Once you’ve shopped till you’re ready to drop, be sure to check out Kurfürstendamm’s points of historic interest, such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, built on the ruins of the original church that was damaged in the air raids during the Battle of Berlin in World War 2.
Slots & Shopping in Las Vegas
Looking to try your luck at the slot machines? Las Vegas, Nevada, has abundant shopping both on and off the strip. After you’ve played at the casinos, head to the south end of the strip. There you will find the 117 acre shopping center called the Town Square. Such a large destination in a city as colorful and as exciting as Las Vegas is bound to hold a few surprises, and the Town Square does not disappoint. In addition to the giant selection of stores, this location also has several nightlife establishments, a grocery store that offers a wide selection of all natural and organic foods, and even it’s very own park that is perfect for family picnics! If you choose to venture off the strip to satisfy your shopping needs, you and your wallet will not be disappointed. The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, located near the California border at 32100 South Las Vegas Boulevard, houses many name brand stores priced for those of us who haven’t hit the jackpot just yet.
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