Reagan National Airport – Shop in presidential surroundings …
Just three miles away from the US capital, Washington DC, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports 44 gates are spread across three terminals, and carry over 18 million passengers annually.The majority of its flights tend to be short-haul, as the lion’s share of the region’s flights (particularly the long-haul flights) are catered for by the far larger Washington Dulles International Airport, in efforts to reduce noise pollution around the capital.
The retail side of Ronald Regan Washington National Airport has previously won many awards, including Airport Retail News’s Best Overall Airport Concessions programme. The high-class shops, enticing dining options and bars such as Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar are concentrated in the National Hall, between Terminals B and C. With an incredible 54 soaring domes and expansive windows, make this your first port of call.
To save the tax on your luxury item and gift purchases, visit the Duty Free Americas store. It’s just beyond security in Terminal A • a building which, incidentally, is on the US National Register of Historic Places, so you can sightsee and shop simultaneously. Perfumes and fragrances include new-releases and classic scents for her from Dior, Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme, Issey Miyaki, Dolce and Gabbana, Diesel and Chanel. For him, think Armani, Hugo Boss, Davidoff, Calvin Klein and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
If punctuality isn’t your strong point, Duty Free Americas also stocks a dazzling range of top-end designer watches from the craftsmen at Guess, Accurist, Seiko, Armani, Swatch, Police and DKNY. Forever Heather is a wonderful boutique that bursts with jewellery, hats and watches, so take advantage of in-airport deals and board your plane with a new tax-free timepiece. For unique jewellery, Taxco Sterling Co has something to appeal to the most discerning eye.
Speaking of which, make sure your fashion eye-wear is up to date with designer and performance brands at the Sunglass Hut. Choose from Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Bollé, Fendi, Guess, Salvatore Ferragamo, and their exclusive designs from Prada, Revo, Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray-Ban and Versace.Whether heading off with friends to a snowy winter cabin or to meet business associates overseas, gifts of liquor and tax-free tobacco never go amiss. Walk away with some serious savings on duty-free cigarettes and a clinking bag full of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jim Beam bourbon, Absolut vodka or Tanqueray gin.
To look the part, visit Brooks Brothers or Johnstone & Murphy for menswear, high quality fashions and footwear and classic American apparel. A diversion into Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is always worth it, to pick up one of their Wall Street Journal’s “Best Overall” wrinkle-free dress shirts. Perfect for packing! Whether you need a simple tie, a full executive suit or a more relaxed, country club wardrobe, these stores’ expert staff will have you suited and booted in no time.
If you love tech, tools and toys, the Airport Wireless outlet near Terminals B and C is the place to be. It stocks every conceivable accessory for your iPods, Apple products, BlackBerrys, cellphones, digital cameras, laptops and games consoles. The Brookstone store also showcases iPad and ebook gadgets alongside Pentax, Samsung and underwater cameras, and handheld HD cameras from Midland and Sony.
If you or someone close to you is a chocoholic, look no further than the delectable Godiva Belgian chocolate boutique. Other giftware options include the PGA Tour Shop, something educative from the Smithsonian Museum Store, ladies fashion, purses and wallets from Touch of Color or glassware, designer jewellery and wearable art from As Kindred Spirits.
Alternatively, pop into Pen and Prose, for pens by Mont Blanc, Waterman, Parker, Omas, Aurora and Schaeffer. And that’s an apt place to sign off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
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