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The Washington Metropolitan Area is a shopper's paradise.  U.S. made and foreign imported goods are available in convenient locations and in great variety.  Almost every community features at least one mall with major department stores and many smaller shops and retailers.

Shopping in the Washington Metropolitan area is as diverse as Washington itself.  There are several major outlet centers within 45 minutes of the District, including Potomac Mills, which is hailed as a Virginia attraction with its mile long mall off I-95. Georgetown is one of Washington's favorite shopping areas. Nordstrom's, Macy's and numerous other shops/stores are located in Pentagon City Mall.

Shopping Malls: Fair Oaks, White Flint,Wheaton Plaza, Montgomery, Tyson's Corner, Springfield, Pentagon City and Potomac Mills Discount Mall.

Washingtonians and their neighbors are most creative and artistic.  Their wares make excellent gifts and purchases and can be found both in the District--at the annual Folk Life Festival on the Mall--and throughout the countryside--Thurmont, Frederick, Colvin Run Mill, Annapolis, Alexandria, St.  Mary's, and St.  Michael's, Manassas, and Middletown.  There are also local, county, and state fairs.

While there are a few exceptions for specific products, generally speaking the consumer sales taxes in the National Capital Region are as follows:  D.C. - 5.75%, Virginia - 5% and Maryland - 5%.

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