Outlet Shopping Guide in New York,San Francisco, Los Angeles,Chicago


Introduction of Shopping in NY

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Official Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7

Address: 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917

Brief Introduction:

The famous Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are located in Central Valley, NY, and are the largest outdoor outlets in the eastern United States. People from all of over the world come to shop at these popular outlets. Since Woodbury has a variety of brands available, we suggest that take a look at the available stores beforehand. Otherwise, you may not be able to shop in all the stores that you want to. Even moving very quickly, these outlets require at least 5 to 6 hours to shop in. Woodbury has approximately 200 stores, including many famous and luxury brands such as Gucci, Dior, Burberry, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, and more. They also have various other brands available, such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, The North Face, Lacoste, and many more.


Each of these stores promote alternative coupons and discounts every day in Woodbury. Every Black Friday, the number of hot deals will increase dramatically. Last Black Friday, Woodbury held their “Midnight Madness” event, where most stores opened at midnight and had their highest discounts of the year.


Due to the large scale of these outlets, the management of the shopping center has chosen to divide the outlets into 5 different courts, so that customers and guests can more easily look for the favorite brands and stores. The 5 courts are called Grapevine Court, Red Apple Court, Bluebird Court, Evergreen Court and Marigold Court. Each of these courts has its own store numbers, so that their customers can easily find the right way to get to their favorite stores. The official website of Woodbury provides a map and list of stores. Customers can download and print these out for future use.


Woodbury is not divided by product category. Each court has its own fashion apparel, shoe, cosmetics, jewelry, handbag, home product, gift, and toy stores. Moreover, Woodbury has a great food court with many types of food and drink available. Additionally, restrooms are located in every court.



It takes about 1 hour to drive from downtown NYC to Woodbury. You can drive along New York State Thruway and take Exit 16 to Harriman. Tolls are around $40 for a round-trip. If you have E-ZPASS, you will pay around half of the tolls. There are also other alternative routes available. Woodbury’s parking lot has over a thousand parking spots. Each of the 5 courts has its own parking lot surrounding it. Make sure to remember the zone number of your vehicle, otherwise, it is hard to find it again. If there are no available parking spots, you can go to Anthony Wayne Recreation Area (8 miles away from Woodbury) for parking. Anthony Wayne has free shuttles for Woodbury’s customers. In addition, it has a special parking lot for buses, which are useful for the tourists from other parts of the U.S. and Canada.


There are the other ways to reach Woodbury. For example, you can get to Woodbury by bus. City Sight NY provides a frequent daily bus service to Woodbury Common from Port Authority, New York City (at 42nd St. & Eighth Ave.). The ticket is $42 roundtrip. You can reserves tickets online at http://www.citysightsny.com. You can also pick up tickets at 47th and 48th St. The Port Authority is located at 42nd St. and 43th St., specifically, the 310 Gate on the third floor.


There are two bus routes available to customers who are leaving from Flushing. The departure time is 7 AM with Western-Point Tour (ID required, $30). Another route departs at 10 AN ($35). These two routes have only one bus per day. Woodbury’s Shuttle buses will provide a coupon book ($5-$10). Trains are also available to Woodbury, the tickets are $20.50. You may need to transfer to another bus or private shuttle ($3).


With a recent large increase in Chinese guests, Woodbury has special broadcasts in Mandarin and Cantonese. Also, there are Mandarin-speaking salespeople who can provide service to Chinese customers.



Los Angeles – Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Official Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=6

Address: 48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230


Brief Introduction: The Desert Hills Premium Outlets are the biggest group of outlets in Los Angeles, with around 130 brands available. The Desert Hills Outlets are very well-known, much like the Woodbury Premium Outlets in New York. They have various deluxe international top-tier brands, such as Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Mulberry, Prada, Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent Paris, and more. They also have various other brands available, such as Banana Republic, DKNY, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, and others. Additionally, you can use a UnionPay debit card to purchase products in most of the stores. Some stores accept UnionPay credit cards as well, which is very convenient to customers from China.


Desert Hill Premium Outlets have 2 major areas: the east area and the west area. Both areas have a lot of stores, but most of the deluxe brands are located in the east area. The management department and information desk are located in the west area next to Dooney & Bourke. If you need baby strollers and/or wheelchairs, you can go to the west area to get them. There are also ATMs in both areas. You can download a detailed map from the Desert Hills Premium Outlet official website for accurate store locations and additional information.


Directions: The Desert Hills Premium Outlets are located in Palm Springs, CA. If you drive along Highway 10 from downtown L.A., you will probably need around 2.5 hours to get there. However, the drive is very scenic, with fabulous American desert views. If you don’t want to drive, you can take a bus in front of Disneyland to get there, but the bus is only available on Wednesdays and Saturdays. More information is available at http://www.anaheim411.com.

Alternatively, you can take a shuttle, but you need to have at least 3 people to reserve one. If you have fewer than 3 people, you have to call the company in advance, and join the shuttle they have available at the time. Remember, only downtown L.A., Hollywood, and some hotels have the shuttle services available. Roundtrip tickets for the day-of are $98 per person. If you would like more information about the shuttle service, please go to their website, http://www.supremetours.net. You can also take a car provided by TourPark USA. They provide an 8 hour outlet shopping trip (5 hours of shopping time, 3 hours of driving time). The advantage of TourPark USA’s service is that they can go to customers’ hotels to pick customers up and drop them off. The cost of this service starts at $75. The reservation phone number is 1-213-626-0603.


Meanwhile, make sure that you sign up for a membership before you go to Desert Hills Premium Outlets, so that you can have their printable exclusive coupons ready. You can also get a VIP coupon with your personal passport by going to the customer service at Desert Hills Premium Outlets. However, the exclusive coupons usually have more discounts and/or free gift sets than the VIP coupons.


San Francisco

Gilroy Premium Outlets
Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=23
Address: 681 Leavesley Road, Gilroy, CA 95020



Introduction: Gilroy Premium Outlets are one of the most famous groups of outlets in San Francisco.  These outlets are large enough to contain around 145 stores. While the size of the Gilroy Premium Outlets  are not as large as those at Woodbury, there are numerous popular brands in these Outlets, such as Hugo  Boss, Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Michael Kors, Timberland, and more. There are 4 separated zones in the Gilroy  Premium Outlets. Driving is recommended if the shopping time is limited to one day. Zones A and C are larger than others (B and D). Each zone contains stores that are selling clothes and accessories. Both the manager’s office and information center are located in zone C. If customers have a problem, they can head to zone C for help. There are strollers and wheelchairs available in zone C if needed. All zones have ATM machines, except for zone D. Gilroy provides very detailed maps; a little research on these maps is highly recommended. The hours of Gilroy are 10 AM to 9 PM, Monday through Sunday. The hours may differ during some holidays. Before you leave, make sure to check the specific hours on the Gilroy website.

From San Francisco: Take Highway 101 South to 152 West/Leavesley Road.
From San Jose: Take Highway 101 South to 152 West/Leavesley Road.
From Monterey Bay: Highway 1 North to Highway 156 East to Highway 101 North to Leavesley Road.
From Fresno: Take Highway 99 North to Highway 152 West toward Los Banos/Gilroy, to Highway 101 North, exit Leavesley Road.

There is a spacious parking lot at the Gilroy Premium Outlets. Most of the time, there are plenty of the spots in the parking lot. During the weekends and holidays, the parking spots in Zone A might be a little tight. The parking lot across the road can be a good alternative place to park. If you don’t want to drive, Greyhound busses are available in San Francisco and Salinas. You can also take the Metro. Each Metro station has a vending machine available for the tickets. The Outlets are next to Gilroy Station. Valley Transportation Authority is available for people in San Jose. Lastly, make sure to register for a Gilroy VIP account on their official website before shopping at Gilroy, as many coupons and discounts are available.

Chicago Premium Outlets


address:1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60502


Brief Introduction: The Chicago Premium Outlets are some of the most famous outlets in Chicago. There  are about 120 stores in this group of outlets. While only a few luxury brands (such as Armani and Salvatore  Ferragamo) are located in this outlet, there are many other popular brands present, such as Adidas, Kate  Spade, Levi’s, Theory, Swarovski and Sony. The stores in the Chicago Premium Outlets are clustered in one  area, without the need to cross a street. The official website of the Chicago Premium Outlets has area maps  and store details for viewing online or for download. Renting children strollers or wheelchairs is available  for tourists’ convenience.

Directions: The Chicago Premium Outlets are located on Farnsworth Avenue after exiting on I-88. If you leave at downtown Chicago, expect a 45 minute drive. Chicago’s Windy City Limo Shopping Shuttle is also available starting at 10 AM, from Thursday to Sunday. Make sure to reserve your trip one day in advance to ensure availability. Each roundtrip is $59. More details are available at http://www.windycitylimos.com. Public transportation is also available. To get to the outlets, take the CTA train at Chicago Union Station and get off at Aurora Station. Then, switch to bus 533 to the Chicago Premium Outlets. More details about the CTA Train are available at http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/tickets.htm and more details about the bus are at http://pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_detail.asp?RouteNo=533.

Please make sure to register for the Chicago Premium Outlets membership, so you can print out exclusive coupons. Alternatively, you can go to customer service once you have arrived at the Chicago Premium Outlets, and request VIP coupons.


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