Plan Your Stays on Tax-free Days

You don’t have to be headed back to school to take advantage of some tax-free shopping at the end of summer! Even if you’re vacationing with Global Discovery Vacations, you can enjoy the back to school Sales Tax Holiday if you’re staying in a participating location.

We’ve found five Global Discovery Vacations Destinations where you can shop tax free!

Tennessee (July 29-31)

Gatlinburg's Village Shops, spruced up for fall.

Gatlinburg’s Village Shops.

Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains is just waiting for you to enjoy a two-by-five mile expanse of shopping and entertainment. Gatlinburg’s “walking community” features the Village Shops, a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a European-style village. Just outside Gatlinburg is a Tanger Outlet, as well as the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet, where you’ll find favorite brands like Eddie Bauer, Carters and Nike.

Louisiana (August 5-6)

New Orleans has its share of fabulous shopping. An encompassing mix of national high-end stores including Anthropologie, Sunglass Hut and Ann Taylor can be found at The Shops at Canal Place.  The Shops at Jax Brewery offers an unusual collection of shops, restaurants and galleries, all inside a historic brewery in the French Quarter. The modern Esplanade Mall is home to the hip Earthbound Trading Company, and visitors can stroll the Riverwalk Marketplace to pick up new clothes and novelties.

Florida (August 5-7)

If you’re on Florida’s west coast, you’ll find quaint boutiques and mega malls. Delightful Dunedin, Florida is filled with boutiques like Suncoast Beach Co. situated on the famous Pinellas Trail. Tampa Bay is close by for mega malls. You’ll find major brands like Apple, Niemen Marcus and Nordstrom at the International Plaza and Bay Street and favorites like Best Buy, Dillard’s and Buckle at Westfield Citrus Mall.

South Carolina (August 5-7)

From chic boutiques to exclusive outlet shops, Hilton Head Island offers fashionable, fine-quality products in a lovely atmosphere. Charming village shopping and exclusive specialty boutiques line the streets of Main Street Village on the north end of the island, and don’t miss the chance to shop Outside, Hilton Head’s flagship store in Shelter Cove Plaza, for all of your outdoor adventure needs.

Maryland (August 14-20)

Ocean City boasts more shopping per square mile than most beach destinations. Get the best deals on cool brand names and hot trends at Tanger Outlets Ocean City. You might also opt for local flavor and a hometown-mall feel at the Gold Coast Mall in North Ocean City. Of course, a trip to Maryland isn’t complete without shopping the three-mile bazaar known as the Ocean City Boardwalk.

You can find more even more Global Discovery Vacations destinations with tax holidays:

  • Alabama (first weekend in August)
  • Missouri (first weekend in August)
  • New Mexico (first weekend in August)
  • Texas (third weekend in August)
  • Virginia (May, August and October)

Tax-free shopping days happen every year in 17 states. So if you don’t live in a participating location or can’t make it on vacation this year, no worries! Plan your stay with Global Discovery Vacations next year and get more for your shopping dollar.

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