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If you’re a tourist in Washington, DC, your itinerary is probably jam-packed with museums to see. But the opportunities for shopping are numerous, too (check out our list of 15 must-shop indie DC boutiques) and even extend to the airports.
Here’s where to shop at Reagan National, the airport closest to the city, which has seen a lot of new development in the retail scene over the past two years.
Most shops are located in the National Hall, so if you need to grab something or want to kill time, make sure you do so before you head through security.
Smithsonian Museum Store
In case you don’t get your souvenir shopping finished at the National Mall (or are just getting started) the airport’s Smithsonian outpost is mainly stocked with items from the National Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum, so you can shop for flight suits, books, gems and minerals, and postcards before boarding. National Hall, pre-security check
Have a Spanx-related wardrobe emergency you didn’t pack for? The OSFA lace lingerie brand now sells airplane-appropriate leggings too. National Hall
Other Shops to Note
Pre-security in National Hall, Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines both sell the DC uniform (head there if you forgot to pack a suit and tie) while a sizable Lacoste offers the usual colorful collared shirts and dresses.
Locally owned boutique As Kindred Spirits falls on the other end of the spectrum, with new age-y hand crafts and jewelry that are good for browsing (though you might not end up taking anything home). Fine Leather Works and Sunglass Hut rounds out the new shops that have opened at the airport in the past two years.
If you’re flying internationally, you can shop accessories and beauty at Duty Free Americas (Terminal A, post-security) which carries brands like Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani, and Victoria’s Secret.