12 Places to Travel on Your Tax Refund

From Charleston to the Dominican Republic, Iceland to Washington, DC, here are our top picks for where to go with your tax refund.

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Thousands of fans flock to Coachella, a multiday music festival in California, to see big-name acts like Jay-Z. Other popular US music festivals include Bonaroo in Tennessee, Lolapalooza in Chicago, Ultra in Miami and Jazzfest in New Orleans. 960 1280

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The internet has made it easier for moviegoers to visit the locations of some of their favorite movies, including Petra in Jordan, one of the major locations in the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.' Even 'Star Wars' fans can visit places that seem light years away by traveling to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and the endless deserts in Tunisia. 960 1280

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- aka Brangelina -- inspire travelers to trek the globe like the rich and famous. Fans following Brangelina in 2010 ventured to Venice, the backdrop for Jolie's movie 'The Tourist' and Budapest, where she made her directorial debut on a Bosnian war epic. New Orleans and Aix-en-Provence, France, are also popular travel destinations for the celebrity power couple. 960 1280

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New Zealand became a travel hot spot in 2010 after news in October that production on the movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' was underway. Fans continue to visit the Hobbiton movie set, which is located on a working sheep and cattle ranch in Matamata, New Zealand. 960 1280

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Thousands of people have already made plans to be in England for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. Good luck if you're still making plans. Most hotels in London are already booked solid the last two weeks of April 2011. 960 1280

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In Ken Burns' 12-hour DVD series, 'America's Best Idea,' he reminded us that great travel spots are just around the corner. Wonderful US National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, are inspiring travelers to hit the road and check out America's natural wonders. 960 1280

  

In the movie 'Eat, Pray, Love,' actress Julia Roberts inspired travelers to seek out their own transformative journey in 2010. Hip travel agencies like STA offered 'Eat, Pray, Love'-inspired packages, featuring food in Italy, spirituality in India and romance in Brazil. 960 1280

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Vampires and zombies inspired several travelers to cure their blood lust by retracing the steps of popular fictional characters. Twihards invaded the tiny town of Forks, Washington. True Blood fans visit Shreveport, located near the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Fans of AMC's Walking Dead and the movie "Zombieland" searched for the undead in Atlanta. 960 1280

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The young and old flocked to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. It didn't hurt that the blockbuster movie, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' helped generate more interest in the theme park's newest attraction. Be sure to try the butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks pub. 960 1280

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The Titanic's 100th Anniversary cruise is sold out. More than 1,300 passengers will board the Balmoral, a ship that will sail from Southampton, England, on April 8, 2012. It will follow the Titanic's original route to New York. The trip will include a memorial service on the morning of April 15, 2012, in the exact location where the Titanic sank. 960 1280

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Traveler of the Week: "Bhutan :-)" - Denisa K. 960 1280

  

"Giants Causway, Northern Ireland" - Miguel C. 960 1280

  

"Taj Mahal, Agra, India" - Kristin R. 960 1280

  

"Astarte Suites Hotel | infinity pool | Santorini Greece" - George M. 960 1280

  

"Jama Masjid Mosque, Delhi, India" - Kristin R. 960 1280

  

"Camels - Sahara Desert - Morocco" - Beata M. 960 1280

  

"while on photo safari in Namibia I got out of our vehicle to shoot a series of photos of a family of elephants. it seemed the mother was telling the naughty child NOT to squirt himself with mud, but of course he did. so of course being naughty myself I had to film it." - PurrplePam C. 960 1280

  

"My sister Karen and I in a guest room at the Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec Canada during Quebec's Winter carnival" - Linda K. 960 1280

  

"heureux sur la Seine" - Hilary H.
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Home of the Connecticut Huskies
The University of Connecticut men's basketball team is unique in the fact that it plays its home games at 2 different arenas. The XL center in Hartford, and Gampel Pavilion (pictured above), which is located on UConn's campus in Storrs, CT.
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Home to over 28,000 students, the university's main campus is located in Storrs, CT. This public research university is located just 28 miles outside of the state's capital, Hartford. 960 1280

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The Mark Twain house, located in Hartford, is one of the more historic landmarks in Connecticut. Now a museum, major works of writing such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and Huckleberry Finn were written while Twain resided in this home. 960 1280

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The Mystic seaport located in nearby Mystic, Ct is home to some of New England's biggest tourist attractions. Filled with ships, shops, aquariums, restaurants, and museums, the mystic seaport provides a great time for the whole family. 960 1280

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Located in Middlebury, CT, Quassy Amusement Park is the perfect place to enjoy a great family outing. The park offers swimming in Lake Quassapaug, picnicking, arcade games and over 20 rides. 960 1280

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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Students walk past Jordan Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. 960 1280

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The skyline of Indiana's state capital, Indianapolis. Also known as America's most walkable city, Indianapolis is the second-most populous state capital in the country. 960 1280

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Hop in a gondola or rent a pedal boat and ride down the canal in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. 960 1280

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Seating over 250,000 people, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest spectator sporting facility in the world. The motor speedway covers over 253 acres and is home to one of racing's biggest events, the Indianapolis 500. 960 1280

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Home of the Kentucky Wildcats
Named after legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, and home to the University's men's basketball team, Rupp Arena is the largest stadium built specifically for basketball in the United States. Built in the middle of Lexington Center, a convention and shopping facility, Rupp Arena holds more the 24,000 people.
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Used for various lectures and performances, Memorial Hall, located in the center of the University of Kentucky's campus, is a memorial to those who died in World War I. 960 1280

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Known as the 'Horse Capital of the World,' Lexington is located right in the heart of Kentucky. Lexington is home to the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival, the oldest bluegrass music festival in Kentucky. Other famous spots in Lexington are the Henry Clay estate and the Mary Todd Lincoln House. 960 1280

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The Woodford reserve is one of many bourbon distilleries located in and around Lexington, KY. According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky. 960 1280

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Whether you want to catch an equestrian event, watch a parade showcasing rare breeds of horses, or spend time with some of the world's greatest retired competition horses, The Kentucky Horse Park has it all. Located in Lexington, the park boasts over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and plenty of beautiful horses. 960 1280

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Home of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rams
As members of the Colonial Athletic Association conference, the VCU Rams are coached by Shaka Smart and play their home basketball games at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Siegel Center. The arena opened in 1999.
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Visitors can take a free tour of the historic state capital building, which is just a short distance away from the main campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. 960 1280

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Virginia's premier amusement park, King's Dominion is home to some of the most thrilling rides in the country. The park is located in nearby Doswell, VA. 960 1280

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To commemorate the Confederate States Army general, the J.E.B Stuart Monument sits on the famous Monument Avenue in Richmond. 960 1280

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Named after King James I, the James River that flows through Richmond is over 400 miles long. There are many activities for visitors to the James River Park system include hiking, biking and kayaking. 960 1280

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