There’s no need to drive to Leesburg or National Harbor now that Montgomery County has its own outlets. Just a couple of exits past Costco on I-270, Clarksburg Premium Outlets provides lots of reasons to visit: no-hassle parking, plenty of elbow room, a playground for the kids and bargains galore. The open-air center has a two-tier design divided by a grand escalator, giving it a spacious feel that’s never overwhelming to navigate. The lower level features everyday brands such as Levi’s, Converse, Old Navy and Banana Republic, while the upper level showcases designers such as Armani, Michael Kors and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as lesser-known names, including Paul Stuart and Thomas Pink. Shoppers will find crazy-good deals—Fossil leather wallets for less than $50, Steve Madden shoes at half price, Tadashi Shoji gowns up to 90 percent off. There’s also a massive Saks Off 5th store and one of the largest Tory Burch outlets in the country. And the lineup keeps getting better. Recent additions include Lacoste, Cole Haan, Ten Thousand Villages and a newly expanded Kate Spade store. There are plenty of options for a quick lunch or dinner, from burgers at Johnny Rockets to pizza at Rise Pies.
22705 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg; 240-702-1200; premiumoutlets.com/outlet/clarksburg