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Make Mother's Day memorable with an outlet mall adventure
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Have you picked out the perfect present for your mom this Motherís Day? May 13 is quickly approaching and you donít want to give her the same old card and flowers, do you? Instead of spending the money on a gift that is purely materialistic, consider taking her on a quick weekend getaway to spend time together.

You could go anywhere, but you all know how much your mom likes to go shopping ... and even more than she likes shopping, she likes a good deal. Why not take her to an outlet mall in a nearby city? There are great outlet malls across the United States and many of them offer tourist attractions outside the mall.

You can take the stress out of traveling by booking tickets with a Trailways charter bus service near you. Instead of dealing with traffic and directions, leave it to the pros so you and mom can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend together.

Head to Florida for several options
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If you live close to the Sunshine State, youíre in luck. From Destin to the Keys, outlet malls are everywhere. Not only do you get bargain shopping, you get warm weather and sandy beaches.

Starting in Destin, Silver Sands Premium Outlets has over 100 stores. Being in the panhandle, this is a great location for those looking for a day trip in nearby states. And, it doesnít stop at discounts and beaches Ė events are hosted at the mall regularly. For example, the Nike Factory Store hosts a weekly sunset run on a nearby beach.

At the other end of the state youíll find the Florida Keys Outlet Center located at the northern end of the chain of islands. When you arrive, youíll feel like youíre in the Keys Ė relax and enjoy.

The Colonnade Outlets is a part of Sawgrass Mills, which is one of the most popular shopping malls in Florida. In addition to the standard mall and the outlet component, Sawgrass also has an outdoor entertainment area called Oasis so check out the schedule if you head to South Florida.

Oh, and donít forget Miromar Outlets Ė itís received more than 25 awards including ďBest Shopping MallĒ and ďBest Factory Outlet.Ē What is unique about Miromar isnít the retailers or discounts but the scenery. Youíll enjoy a beautifully designed structure with dramatic fountains, Koi ponds, turtle ponds and more. You might even get to see the family of ducks living there.

Want to gamble while you shop? Head to Las Vegas Premium Outlets
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Vegas, baby! It might not be your typical Motherís Day destination but youíre sure to have a good time. Youíll enjoy one of the best outlet malls in the county and you get Las Vegas, too.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets has been named a top outlet mall in the country and it offers more shopping than you could ever imagine. You wonít get through this mall in one day. It has both a north and a south location, each offering a different set of retailers. The North location offers more high-end retailers, like Armani. The South location has more standard retailers, like Ann Taylor.

For unique experiences, look no further than the Midwest
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Lodi Station Outlets near Akron, Ohio, offers 60 retailers in a classic outlet mall setting, but it has a little something extra. Walk inside and youíll feel like youíre in a vintage train museum. You can ride a hand-built train around the mallís two-mile track. Set outside the mall to enjoy apple farms, Amish settlements and more.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Missouri is Branson thanks to the beautiful scenery Ė but itís also home to Tanger Outlets Branson. So youíll get to enjoy the great outdoors while you take a break from the great deals youíll be getting.

Across the region, there are many outlet malls to check out but a few other popular outlets include Cincinnati Premium Outlets and Aurora Farms Outlets. To get to the Midwest outlet mall you select, contact Trailways so you can avoid the stress of the road.

Take a road trip through Texas to find some of the best outlet malls
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Everything is bigger in Texas Ė and they mean everything. Head to Texas for more outlet malls than you could imagine.

In North Texas, Grapevine Mills is the place to shop. The mall has enough stores to fill multiple days of shopping and there is also an aquarium, LEGOLand, an ice rink and a movie theater. Plus, a carosel in the food court. While in North Texas, Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is another good stop.

When youíre in the southern part of the state, youíve got even more options. In the Houston area, Tanger Outlets and Houston Premium Outlets have the deals you are looking for. Close to Houston is a small town named Katy Ė and if it werenít for Katy Mills, few people would recognize the town. But once inside Katy Mills, you have over 175 retailers to choose from. Everyone can find something here.

Finally, central Texas has a lot to offer with a main attraction being San Marcos Premium Outlets. This outlet mall has some of the higher-end retailers that few other outlet malls in the country offer. If youíre in the area, this is the outlet mall for you.

Soak up history at these northeastern destinations
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The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg offers a Main Street vibe just minutes from historic Gettysburg. Not only are there over 60 retailers, this outlet mall also has two hotels and a 10-screen cinema.

Finally, Tanger Outlets Hershey will give you a complete history Ö of Hersheyís chocolate! While itís not a historical site, itís a fun, family friendly destination with Hersheypark right next door.

New England outlet malls donít mess around
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In New Hampshire, youíre going to find more outlet malls than you can handle thanks to the stateís sales tax exemption. If youíre looking for family fun, head to Settlers Green Outlet Village. Itís suited for families with young kids with a playground smack dab in the center of the mall. Plus, Echo Lake State Park is nearby and kids love Dianaís Baths Ė a series of waterfalls.

While in New Hampshire, Merrimack Premium Outlets is another outlet mall win. The shops are great and the town offers a little something for everyone. Families enjoy the outdoors at Two Bridges Park or Silver Lake State Park and adults-only groups can head to the Budweiser Brewery for a tour Ė and you donít have to worry with Trailways as your designated driver.

If you make the trek to Maine, Freeport Village Station is a canít-miss. The town is geared towards families Ė check out the petting zoos or art classes. And chocolate lovers will be in heaven when they go on a tour of Wilburís of Main chocolate factory.

If the Southwest is more your feel, Arizona is outlet mall heaven
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If you want the big city atmosphere while you bargain shop, head to Phoenix. Phoenix Premium Outlets has the retailers you love, the big city vibe you want and you donít have to leave the mall for quality entertainment Ė the outlet is currently hosting a Spring Concert Series so check out the lineup and catch a show.

Another popular outlet is Arizona Mills. This is a great destination for families searching for additional family friendly activities. For example, inside Arizona Mills is Sea Life Arizona Ė a 26,000 square foot interactive aquarium.

Throughout Arizona, you wonít have a hard time finding a good deal. Other outlet malls worth mentioning include the Outlets of Anthem, Tanger Outlets and Tucson Premium Outlets. Where will you start your adventure? Contact Trailways to help you decide.

Do you have a mom with expensive taste? Head to one of these upscale outlet malls
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For those in the New England area, Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets in Central Valley, New York, has 220 stores for your mom to browse through. Donít expect this to be a quick shopping trip, either. Make sure to stop by Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg as they have deals you donít want to miss because you wonít find these prices or selection anywhere else. While you at Woodbury Commons, head into the countryís only Cťline outlet.

If youíre on the West Coast, take a trip to Palm Springs to soak up the sun at the beach and soak up the savings at Desert Hills Premium Factory Outlets. Youíll find high-end designers like Giorgio Armani and Prada offering significant discounts Ė but donít expect J Crew prices, youíll still drop four digits with these high-end designers. But, Desert Hills offers more affordable options like True Religion and William Rast.

So instead of heading to the florist this Motherís Day, head out to spend quality time with your mom and find some great deals at the best outlet malls in the country. Donít wait until the last minute, call Trailways today to plan your trip in advance so everything is taken care of. Get ready to sit back, relax and spend quality time with your mom in our luxury charter buses.

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