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Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Apr 17th 2014 01:21 PM
The Boston Marathon is coming up. Here are some stranger running events.
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Monday's Boston Marathon is certainly one of the more celebrated events for runners to show off their moxie. But if you're looking to travel for races that are more eclectic -- and at considerably less than marathon distances -- check out these crazy events around the country designed for athletes on two feet.
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IRS Tax Refund 101: How to Travel on Your Refund

by Megan Swanick. Posted Apr 14th 2014 02:24 PM
Dreaming Of Refunds
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As most Americans know, tomorrow is the deadline to file your 2013 taxes with the IRS. There is an upside, however, to paying taxes. Well, other than paved roads and schools and whatnot: getting your refund. And the best use of that newfound money is, of course, travel.

Here is a comprehensive list of ideas where your refund can take you, broken down by just how much you're getting back.
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19 Tropical Cocktail Bars That Will Make You Feel Like You're on Spring Break

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Mar 28th 2014 03:30 PM
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It's five o'clock somewhere, and during spring break that means it's time for a great tropical drink. Even if you're not humming along to Jimmy Buffett tunes at a beach bar in the Caribbean you can enjoy the tastes of the tropics. In fact, a mai tai can be the best way to ignore the fact that your city is getting hammered by yet another winter storm.
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'How I Met Your Mother': A Legendary New York Tour

by Jess Moss. Posted Mar 27th 2014 03:30 PM
How I Met Your Mother
After nine seasons, the How I Met Your Mother finale airs on CBS Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. EST. Because fans are soon going to need another way to fill their Monday nights, we set out to create a legendary HIMYM tour of New York City, the sixth character in Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall and Lily's gang.

Could we find the real-life equivalents of our favorite places featured in the show? Challenge accepted!
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15 Strange Concierge Requests Made at California Hotels

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 27th 2014 01:45 PM
Humor bell boy and rich snob costumer
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Oscar tickets, a Lassie lookalike and in-room grass for a dog to relieve himself on are just three of the weirdest concierge requests these California hotels have received.
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March Madness in Las Vegas: 6 Places to Avoid NCAA Basketball After Your Team Craps Out

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 20th 2014 04:34 PM
Gondoliers at Venetian Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
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More than the host arenas, Las Vegas has become the go-to spot for the first weekend of March Madness. But what happens when your team gets bounced out by an underdog in the NCAA men's basketball tournament's first round and you can't stomach another game, let alone a weekend full of them? These six places offer a respite from the sports books, where you can refresh, rejuvenate and rest up for next season.
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Opening Day MLB 2014: 5 Sports They'd Prefer to Watch in Sydney

by Eli Ellison. Posted Mar 20th 2014 10:30 AM
Australia Baseball Dodgers Diamondbacks for Opening Day MLB 2014
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Opening Day MLB 2014 is Saturday. So play ball! And in the league's unrelenting effort to spread the hardball gospel internationally, the 2014 opener--pitting the L.A. Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks--will be played in Sydney, Australia. Goodbye, peanuts and Crackerjack. G'day, vegemite.

In a spring training interview, Dodgers' ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw sounded lukewarm about dueling Down Under. "I'd love to go there on vacation. I don't really want to go pitch there," Kershaw said. And truth be told, would any rugby-crazed Aussie miss him if he stayed home counting his millions? For your next trip to Oz, here's a primer on five sports Australians do care about, passionately.
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St. Patrick's Day: 17 Cities - Beyond the Obvious Ones - to Go Irish in the United States

by Susan Barnes. Posted Mar 14th 2014 04:38 PM
Parade goers are seen during the St.Patrick's day parade in Dublin, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Day, the holiday when everyone -- regardless of ancestry – becomes Irish for the day is Monday, March 17. So here then are 17 U.S. cities to sip a pint, dance a jig and maybe sip another pint.
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Where You Should Go in Mexico for Spring Break

by Robert Reid. Posted Mar 10th 2014 11:37 AM
Americans visit no other country more than Mexico. Too often it's hardly Mexico at its deepest though, as many see the tourist scene off a cruise ship, beach hotels cramming the last inch of the beach at Cancun or sometimes a border town for a few hours. Mexico is mucho mas. To help find it, here's how to use a handful of popular airports as a springboard to beat the spring break crowds.

(All are destinations in states clear of the U.S. State Department's travel advisory.)
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IHOP's National Pancake Day Is Today, But Check Out These Bigger Pancakes

by Anna Brones. Posted Mar 4th 2014 09:45 AM
three generations enjoying IHOP National Pancake Day
Shutterstock/AuremarToday is IHOP's National Pancake Day.
National Pancake Day is today, Shrove Tuesday, according to IHOP. (And its not to be confused with the other National Pancake Day on Sept. 26. Regardless, if there's one quintessential American breakfast food, it's pancakes (a sentiment that might explain the dual days of observance).

Granted, pancakes exist in other countries (the Swedes, for example, do an excellent version), but not in the same form as the classic American take. While IHOP's serving complimentary short stacks of buttermilks pancakes today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., there's a time and a place for flapjacks that are a little bigger. So check out these seven non-IHOP spots, where you can be sure to get pancakes the size of your head.
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