Photos: 7 Great Trips to Book Using Your Tax Refund

Planning on using this year's tax refund on a vacation? The average American gets a rebate of about $3,000, so we outlined seven trips that fit the budget—and leave some money left over.

By , Friday, Apr 6, 2012, 12:07 PM

Source Article: Photos: 7 Great Trips to Book Using Your Tax Refund

Zion National Park

The tame hikes at Utah's Zion National Park make it perfect for family adventures. 

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Zion National Park

Kids of all ages will be amazed by the canyon rivers and freestanding arches in Zion National Park.

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Whiptail Grill

Refuel at the Whiptail Grill, a popular Southwestern joint, after hiking in Zion National Park.

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Driftwood Lodge

Rooms at Driftwood Lodge, located right outside Zion Park, have unobstructed views of the surrounding canyons.

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Playa Grande

Beaches like Playa Grande on the north coast of the Dominican Republic are quiet and undeveloped. 

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Enjoy the nightlife on the beach in Cabarte on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

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La Punta Apartments Room

The simple rooms at La Punta Apartments in the Dominican Republic are a steal, even with an oceanfront location.

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La Punta Apartments Pool

The pool at the Dominican Republic's La Punta Apartments is right on the ocean.

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A trip to Portland, Oregon, means lots of culture, amazing food, and best of all: no sales tax.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland has a teahouse located in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections.

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Hotel Deluxe Lobby

Portland's Hotel Deluxe has a classic Hollywood feel and is located right near a Max rail station.

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Hotel Deluxe Room

Rooms at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland are decorated with Regency-style furniture and black and white photos.

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Reykjavik, Iceland, is only a quarter the size of Los Angeles, but is worth the trip for the amazing collection of art museums and galleries, not to mention the scenic location.

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Gullfoss Waterfall

Take a day trip from Reykjavic to see some of Iceland's natural wonders, including Gullfoss Waterfall.

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Blue Lagoon Spa

The hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon are one of the country's most famous attractions.

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Hotel Bjork room

Book one of the minimalist rooms at the centrally located Hotel Bjork to be close to the sights of Reykjavic. 

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The Dutch capital of Amsterdam has many canals lined with Renaissance architecture.

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Bikes in Amsterdam

The best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike, which can be easily rented for a day of traversing the canals and visiting the city's parks.

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Chic & Basic

The Chic&Basic hotel in Amsterdam is located right on a canal in the Jordaan district. 

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Chic & Basic room

The rooms at Amsterdam's Chic&Basic are just that (be sure to request a room with a view of the canal).

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Folly Beach

The barrier island of Folly, South Carolina, just 15 minutes from Charleston, is a classic seaside escape with beautiful beaches and restaurants serving the local catch.

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Pier Folly Beach

Take a walk out on the pier at Folly Beach.

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Beachside Bed and Breakfast

Folly Beach's Beachside Bed and Breakfast is housed in a restored bungalow.

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scenic route

There are dozens of scenic routes in West Virginia that ply the countryside with covered bridges, Civil War battlefields, and panoramic lookouts. 


Monongahela National Forest

 The 43-mile Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia runs entirely through Monongahela National Forest.

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General Lewis Inn

The General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, West Virginia, is a great home base for driving the state's scenic byways.

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