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Charleston

Charleston

Looking for a warm weather cityscape to enjoy that nice tax refund? Heath south to charming Charleston for mouthwatering cuisine, perfect weather, beautiful beaches and hospitality that can't be beat. 960 1280

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Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

Take a trip to a desert oasis with Uncle Sam’s generous refund. A popular resort town, Palm Springs is also a short driving distance from the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Mount San Jacinto State Park and Joshua Tree National Park. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is the place to be this summer to see incredible displays of nature and to take advantage of the mild weather and the longer days of sunlight. 960 1280

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Washington, DC's Free Museums

Washington, DC's Free Museums

Make your refund go far and tour Washington, DC's free museums, like the fascinating Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
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New Orleans Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz Fest

Feel good about using your tax refund to support the New Orleans economy at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 24-May 3, 2015.
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Panama

Panama

Shedding its shady reputation of the past, Panama is quickly becoming the next "it" destination that's close and still has amazing beaches.
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Montana Dude Ranch

Montana Dude Ranch

Work off the stress of doing your taxes by unleashing your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Take a break from your cubicle, and stay on a dude ranch in Montana. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Spring is the best time to visit Ireland, and you won't break the bank with the cheapest hotels in Western Europe and the short flight from the East Coast.
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Alaska Whale Watching

Alaska Whale Watching

Avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices by booking an Alaska cruise for May or June. This is also a great time to see the humpback whales. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is almost always the cheapest destination in the Caribbean. A family of 4 can stay for a bargain price, and a little taste of sunshine will carry you over to summer. 960 1280

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The tulips in bloom in the Dutch countryside (an easy daytrip from Amsterdam) make spring in Holland the most colorful time of year.
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Feeling lucky this year? Try to double your tax refund at the casinos in Vegas.
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The elite men cross the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton has been the starting point for the nation’s oldest marathon since it was moved from a neighboring town in 1925. 960 1280

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Running Through Boston

Running Through Boston

Each year 25,000 runners attempt to complete the winding and hilly 26.2-mile route. 960 1280

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Framingham to Natick

Framingham to Natick

From Ashland, the runners make their way through the nearby towns of Framingham and Natick. Around 500,000 spectators turn out to watch the race each year, making the marathon the biggest sporting event in New England. 960 1280

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Racing Through Natick

Racing Through Natick

The runners pass a residential area of Natick. If you know someone in the race, be sure to track their progress so you don’t miss them. 960 1280

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Running Together

Running Together

Dick Hoyt pushes his son Rick as they compete in the Boston Marathon. Rick -- a Boston University grad -- was born with cerebral palsy, and his father (now 71!) has pushed him all the way to the finish line in 29 Boston Marathons. Dick and Rick -- who have become local celebrities -- run to raise money for the Team Hoyt Foundation, whose catch phrase appropriately is “Yes, You Can!” 960 1280

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Halfway Done!

Halfway Done!

Downtown Wellesley marks the marathon’s halfway point, but before the runners reach the 13-mile mark, they get a significant boost in morale from the students at Wellesley College (pictured here). Thousands of Wellesley women pack the streets by the campus, creating the famous “Scream Tunnel.” Runners have claimed that they can hear the women’s screams of support a mile away. 960 1280

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Brookline

Brookline

From Newton, runners pass Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and enter the city of Brookline. Cleveland Circle, where the runners turn a sharp left onto Beacon Street (pictured here), is a particularly loud, but exciting place to watch the race. 960 1280

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Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

The aptly named “Heartbreak Hill,” in the city of Newton, is one of the most daunting challenges for runners. The infamous hill is the last of 7 that the runners must climb in the quaint suburb. The hills span from miles 16 to 21 on the route. 960 1280

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Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner

Spectators cheer on the marathoners as they make their way through Coolidge Corner, a popular shopping and dining area in Brookline. 960 1280

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Beacon Street

Beacon Street

As the runners continue down Beacon Street they approach Kenmore Square, where the famous Citgo sign greets them, heading into downtown Boston. 960 1280

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Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday

Each year on “Marathon Monday,” Fenway Park hosts a Red Sox home game -- the only morning game in all of Major League Baseball. 960 1280

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Wheelchair Race

Wheelchair Race

Since 1975, disabled athletes have participated in the marathon’s wheelchair race. The Boston Marathon has become the most famous and elite wheelchair race in the world, with strict qualifying standards. 960 1280

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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Hundreds of runners make their way to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. 960 1280

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Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

The Kentucky Derby Festival is kicked off by Thunder Over Louisville, the largest fireworks show in North America. Other attractions that take place during the 2-week event leading up to the race are the Great Balloon Race, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race and the Derby Marathon. 960 1280

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Churchill Downs Annual Gathering

Churchill Downs Annual Gathering

Fans gather at the entrance to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. 
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Grandstand Fans

Grandstand Fans

Race fans watch the derby in the grandstand in between the twin spires. 960 1280

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Early-Morning Prep

Early-Morning Prep

A blacksmith shoes a horse during an early-morning workout to prepare for the derby.
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Morning Workout

Morning Workout

The sun rises as horses and their jockeys prepare for an early morning ride. 960 1280

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

The official drink of the derby, the Mint Julep is presented in the specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glass. The Mint Julep is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sweet syrup.
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Kentucky Oaks Day

Kentucky Oaks Day

A race fan watches the 6th race while sipping on a Mint Julep on Kentucky Oaks Day, grade 1 stakes races for 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies held the friday before the derby. 960 1280

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Picking the Winner

Picking the Winner

Fans make their picks during the morning workouts in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby.
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Jockey Dress Up

Jockey Dress Up

Kentucky Derby fans dressed as jockeys sip on their Mint Juleps and pose for a picture before the start of the race.
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Where It All Begins

Where It All Begins

A panoramic view of the starting gate as the horses and their jockeys take off. 960 1280

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Around the Bend

Around the Bend

Horses make their way around turn 4 during the 140th running of the derby. 960 1280

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Derby Hat Parade

Derby Hat Parade

The Derby Hat Parade, which takes place inside Churchill Downs, shows off the elegant hats worn by women and men during the Kentucky Derby.  This fan is decked out in classic headwear prior to the race.
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Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish

Jockeys vie for position on their way to the finish line during the 140th running.
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Casual Infield Gathering

Casual Infield Gathering

No fancy hats and Mint Juleps necessary here. A different scene then you would find in the grandstand, fans gather within the infield of Churchill Downs. 960 1280

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And the Winner is ...

And the Winner is ...

A garland of roses, a blanket of 554 roses, is draped across the winning horse. 960 1280

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Kentucky Derby Trophy

Kentucky Derby Trophy

The Kentucky Derby Trophy is presented to the owner of the winning horse. 960 1280

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