From “The Mall” to “the mall” at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia
April 24, 2014
McLEAN, VIRGINIA – On the tourist circuit in Washington, DC, the National Mall (or, as it’s affectionately known, “The Mall”) gets an awful lot of attention. What with all the museums and monuments−from the National Air and Space Museum to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial−The Mall is a one-stop-shop of DC must-sees.
But after navigating all the tourist hordes (especially in summer, when the humid weather is bound to put a damper on your fashion sense), what you might need is a one-stop-shop of a different sort. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking (luxury designer goods!), then it’s time to swap The Mall for “the mall”−and nearby Tysons Galleria is the most upscale escape around.
This ritzy mall about 15 miles out of town packs in posh department stores, designer boutiques, and upscale mall classics. It’s anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and the collection of standalone boutiques by international luxury brands is staggering. Usual suspects like Burberry, Chanel, and Gucci are represented, but so too are more niche designers like Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch. More casual yet still upmarket franchises like J.Crew and Anthropologie are also in the mix.
True to mall tradition, the Galleria is ideal for a leisurely day of browsing and snacking. There are several low-key lunching spots and a handful of swankier restaurants for a posh shopping break. On the other hand, if your trip to the mall is more mission-oriented (like finding a party frock, grabbing a work suit, or snatching the perfect birthday gift), the Galleria is equally good for a more focused expedition because there are so many shops (about 100) in one place.
If you want the ultimate in frenzy-free shopping, however, consider the mall’s “Retail Therapy” luxury shopping package. It includes overnight accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, valet parking, breakfast for two, and a USD 50 gift card to use at any retail boutique in the Galleria. After getting some good rest and slipping into some new duds, you’ll be more than refreshed for returning to all those monuments and museums!
Read more about Tysons Galleria in our Washington, DC Guide.