Holiday Travel

50 Places to Drink Local Brews in 50 States

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Apr 7th 2014 04:44 PM
Vine Street Pub
Vine Street Pub
A belated happy National Beer Day to you! While not an official holiday (yet), April 7 commemorates the day in 1933 when low-alcohol beer became legal as Prohibition was slowly repealed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While National Beer Day 2104 has passed, we recognize the eternal importance of being able to enjoy beer in a manner more dignified than reaching into your fridge and cracking open a Keystone Light tall boy (not judging -- we've all been there). So Aol Travel and our colleagues at MapQuest compiled this list of a special spots to drink a great local beer in each state (and Washington, DC because we have offices in the area and insight into where to drink nearby).
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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
Alamy
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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Pi Day: 4 Places to Celebrate π on March 14

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 13th 2014 01:43 PM
Pi Day is March 14, 3/14.
ExplOratorium
Pi Day: March 14, also 3/14, marks the day the world celebrates pi, the mathematical constant that defines the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. The number hovers around 3.14 (hence the date chosen to honor it), but its decimal places go on infinitely. Mathematicians have been chasing after π 's exact value for thousands of years, to no avail.

Obviously, something so mysterious must be heralded. Here are four ways people are celebrating the holiday around the United States.
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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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National Margarita Day Is Saturday; Celebrate at these 5 Mexican Tequila Spots

by Anna Brones. Posted Feb 21st 2014 10:30 AM
National Margarita Day
AlamyCelebrate National Margarita Day like this fella.
National Margarita Day is tomorrow. Of course, it's a Saturday, so you'd probably be drinking a margarita anyway.

And what's a margarita without good tequila? In honor of National Margarita Day we're featuring a few places in Mexico where you can check out legitimate tequila production.
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World's 7 Least Romantic Spots to Avoid on Valentine's Day

by Anna Brones. Posted Feb 14th 2014 02:00 PM
Paris street scene
Alamy
Any travel outlet can publish a list of the world's most romantic places for Valentine's Day. (Don't trust us? Google it.) Here, however, are the world's lease seven romantic places.
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Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois. Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois. Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois.

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 31st 2014 01:30 PM
McHenry County Tourism
The day approaches when otherwise reasonable, educated human beings put aside all common sense and look not to the Weather Channel and Jim Cantore for the winter forecast, but instead to a big fat rodent named Phil who lives underground in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Groundhog Day is upon us and other than Punxsutawney, there's no better place than Woodstock, Illinois to celebrate. Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Woodstock was the shooting location for the 1993 cult classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell.
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7 Best Cities Outside of China to Ring in Chinese New Year

by Anna Brones. Posted Jan 31st 2014 10:30 AM
Australia Chinese New Year
Associated Press
The most important social holiday in China, Chinese New Year is tied to the lunar Chinese calendar, where every month begins on the darkest day. The holiday usually falls at the end of January or beginning of February. This year its Jan. 31 -- hey, that's today!-- and marks the Year of the Horse; people born in this year are said to be clever, kind, animated and energetic. Ready to celebrate? Here are the top seven cities outside of China that are going to be full of festivities.
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Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, in...Kansas City?

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 30th 2014 11:21 AM
Bruce N. Meyer
Although many of us are still recovering from our New Year's celebration and getting accustomed to writing 2014 instead of 2013 – it's time to start the party all over again. January 31 is the beginning of the Chinese year 4712, also known as The Year of The Horse. And for those of Chinese ancestry, this is the party of the year. Fireworks, parades, family gatherings -- it's like all North American holidays and celebrations rolled into one.
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