Leesburg Corner is the closest thing you'll find to Woodbury Common (same ownership-Premium Outlets) in terms of an outlet center, although it's half the size at 110 stores. With no traffic, It's about 45 minutes from downtown D.C. and you'll need a car. View the list of shops at premiumoutlets.com/outlets/store_listing.asp…
Potomac Mills in Virginia and Arundel Mills in Maryland are enclosed malls that mix outlet stores with full-price stores. Again, both are about 45 minutes from downtown D.C. View their store listings at their websites at:
The best (IMHO) larger conventional malls closer to the city are the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, right across the river from downtown; Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria off the Beltway in McLean, Va.; Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery (a.k.a. Montgomery Mall) off the Beltway in Bethesda, Md. and White Flint, off the Beltway in Rockville, Md.
www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=157 (Pentagon City)
Previous post basically summed it all up.
DC has a few "malls" but nothing compared to Woodberry.
Here are some places in DC that have a few stores:
-Georgetown Park Mall (www.shopsatgeorgetownpark.com)
-Mazza Gallerie (www.mazzagallerie.com): Metro Accessible on the Red Line Friendship Heights (Gallerie exit)
-Chevy Chase Pavilion (www.ccpavilion.com) Red Line on Metro Pavilion exit just across the street.
Others have already listed all the malls you'll be concerned with, so I'll provide a little more insight.
Georgetown - The actual mall in G'town is mediocre. The good shopping in Georgetown is on the street (M and Wisconsin mainly). This is by far the most convenient place to shop if you're staying in downtown DC. You can take the DC Circulator bus to/from (actually a very nice bus) and walking around the area is very pleasant, especially in May.
The premium outlet in Leesburg is nice (newer, clean, outdoors) but it's not very convenient. If you do go out there, don't plan on finding a nice meal at the mall, instead take the time to eat in Leesburg proper (the Lightfoot and Tuscarora Mill are two of the better spots).
As mentioned, there are two malls in McLean, VA, that are very nice and across the street from each other. While that may sound like you can walk from one to the other, do not attempt it unless you want to play frogger with your life. The only public transport here is by bus, so you'd be better off taking a cab to either West Falls Church or Dunn Loring and cabbing it from there. Or just rent a car. The Galleria is the nicer but smaller of the two malls. Tyson's Centre (?) is much larger and will probably be upscale enough for you, unless you simply have to have a Neiman-Marcus.
I would say forget about Potomac Mills, I find that place dreary. I can't say much about malls in Maryland.
Good luck and have fun.
I agree with most of the posts...however, I disagree with the 'Potomac Mills is dreary' post!
I live just a hop, skip and jump away from Potomac Mills...but I haven't had the time to visit in a long while. I went right after Christmas and they have done an almost total remodel! The interior is sleek and inviting...and you can't beat the number/selection of stores! (Anne Taylor Factory Store, Polo Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, and hundreds more)
Check out the website http://potomacmills.com/static/node752.jsp;jsessionid=alVVs5ColB97b8EJ0b
Thanks for all your replies, have any of you stayed at the courtyard Marriot at the convention center we hope its a good choice!
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