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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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Mardi Gras: Top 9 Cities Not Named New Orleans to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Mar 3rd 2014 10:30 AM
Feb. 18, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S - Patrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their cost
AlamyPatrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their costumes during the 2012 Mardi Gras parade and festival at the Soulard District in St. Louis, Missouri.
It's Mardi Gras season -- time to blow some steam and overindulge before the Christian season of Lent begins. Think New Orleans is the only place to throw some beads? You need to get out a bit more.
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St. Louis Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Arch

by Matt Sorrell. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Silver Dollar City St Louis
Silver Dollar City offers theme park thrills a short drive from St. Louis. Photo: Silver Dollar City
The folks up north might still be digging out of the latest snowstorm, but here in the heart of the Midwest, it's time to get out and do something about that raging case of spring fever (though a jacket is probably still a good idea).
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Phoenix Spring Break Crawl: Baseball Spring Training and Beyond

by Elise Riley. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Spring Training baseball fans in Phoenix
Spring Training in Phoenix draws thousands of baseball fans each year. Photo: Greater Phoenix CVB
Spring isn't a season of rebirth in Phoenix -- it's the continuation of the party. Take in spring training games, head to a spa or golf the day away.
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Charleston Spring Break Crawl: Beaches and BBQ in South Carolina

by Kinsey Gidick. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Cypress Gardens Charleston
Look for wildlife, including alligators and birds, at Charleston's Cypress Gardens. Photo: Cypress Gardens
With five (that's right, five) nearby beach towns -- Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, Seabrook and Sullivan's islands -- internationally-acclaimed cuisine, world-class golf courses and enough historic sites to create its own textbook, Charleston is an obvious choice for spring break.
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Boston Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Harbor

by Maggie Burdge. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Boston St Patricks Parade
The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade is a popular spring family activity. Photo: AP
If the "Girls Gone Wild," party-till-the-break-of-dawn Miami spring break isn't your style, Boston offers its own ways to escape the monotony of the winter months.
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Los Angeles Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond Hollywood

by Eli Ellison. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach is a prime spot for surfing, volleyball and sunsets. Photo: szeke, via Flickr
While Old Man Winter still has much of the country in his chilly grip, barely-there bikinis materialize on the sunny beaches of SoCal. So slather on the SPF 30 and soak up a spring break that's uniquely L.A.
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Lahaina Spring Break Crawl: Hawaii Vacation Ideas on Maui

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Lehua Lounge Maui
The mai tais at the Maui Andaz's Lehua Lounge may be the best you've ever had. Photo: Dave Seminara
Where can you enjoy a tropical drink at an oceanfront tiki bar, feast on a freshly slaughtered pig at a luau, and watch sunset on a volcano? Maui is a seductive spring break destination where it's easy to lose your inhibitions. Lahaina, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is a lively town where you can get your bearings – and good food as you can explore the entire island.
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San Francisco Spring Break Crawl: Cheap Eats and Family Vacation Ideas

by Jill K. Robinson. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Academy of Sciences San Francisco
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has an extensive collection of aquariums and marine creatures. Photo: Will Love
For a city relatively small in size (49 square miles), San Francisco is chock-full of green space for spring celebrating -- from Golden Gate Park to the Presidio to small neighborhood stomping grounds. Weave a park visit into your spring break enjoyment, and it'll be hard to remember winter.
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New York City Spring Break Crawl: Cheap Eats and Tropical Drinks in NYC

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Luke's Lobster New York
Luke's Lobster sells lobster rolls and other beachy bites at multiple locations around New York. Photo: Luke's Lobster
Spring weather in New York may still be a month or two away, but after a winter this rough it's time to infuse some warm-weather fun into city life. Here are our favorite "spring break" experiences in NYC -- that you can even enjoy during another snow day.
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