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At Seconds to Go, we're mother-daughter travel bloggers, offering you inspiration to plan your next travel adventure. Focused on low-hassle travel, we've put our experiences into a series of "trips". Pick one to get out and go today, or string them together to create a fantastic vacation experience.

It's our goal to travel the U.S. state by state, so check back often for more trips.

We're also sharing our experiences in a series of travel tip articles, to provide you with inside information to help you find the best ways to travel.

So, look below to start planning your next getaway, day trip or excursion.

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Explore our New England Adventures and create your own unforgettable travel experience.

Three Off-the-Beaten Path Vacations for Summer Travel

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 24, 2023

According to recent research, 95% of Americans plan to travel this year. Over 65% will travel domestically, hitting popular summer destinations within the good old U.S. of A. No matter how you do the math, it adds up to a lot of travelers hitting the top destinations, such as Las Vegas, Orlando and Disney World. … Read more

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Sad Tales, Historic Remains: Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 16, 2023 | 2 Comments

Many of New England’s hikes blend history with the modern day, but few do it as seamlessly as the trails at Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut. Explore history against the modern backdrop of the state’s rural New Milford countryside and learn a thing or two about local legends. It’s up to you to decide … Read more

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8 of the Best New England Day Trips to Take This Spring

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 27, 2022

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks! Spring is fickle in the Northeast, but this list of the 8 best New England day trips will reward you … Read more

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New England Fall Color, Incredible Ways to Enjoy the Season

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

When it comes to autumn spectacles, New England fall color is unbeatable. While many areas of the country sport their most dazzling displays in autumn, few come close to creating the same majesty as the tiny northeastern states. However, if you think we’re just being biased, why not put our claim to the test, and … Read more

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Travel Trends: New England Getaways You Have to See to Believe

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 22, 2021

If you’re looking for New England Getaways, you have a lot of choices. New England isn’t a single state, but a travel destination, comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. In fact, one of the best things about New England is the close proximity of the states and the easy driving … Read more

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New England Fall Activities, Planning Your Bucket List Destination

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

Riotous color, historical surprises, and dark night skies and some not-so-traditional sights and sounds of the season—New England fall activities are a delight that you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list. We’ve curated a list of the best activities across the region to get you on your way and help you enjoy the … Read more

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Connecticut Fall in 2021: 7 Ways to Enjoy Autumn This Year

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Connecticut fall is usually full of activities. Even with Covid-19 related restrictions once again in effect across some Connecticut towns, this autumn promises to serve up plenty of excitement. So, here are our top 7 picks for enjoying the beauty of the season this fall. Continue a Connecticut Fall Tradition Apple picking has long … Read more

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Fun Things to Do in New England: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

By Ali Patton | August 25, 2021 | 5 Comments

With all the fun things to do in New England, it can be almost impossible to narrow down the options. This can make planning a New England trip feel daunting. New England is located in the Northeast of the United States and is comprised of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. New … Read more

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Why You Should Start Thinking About New England Travel

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

New England travel bloggers are a rare breed. We don’t jet of to exotic locations and rhapsodize about far-off places. Instead, we write about a little-known piece of the U.S. that most people don’t really understand. New England States List Connectictut Maine Massachusetts Rhode Island New Hampshire Vermont What state is New England in? It’s … Read more

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Hiking McLean Game Refuge: 2 Trails That Will Make You Want to Visit This Small Connecticut Town

By Kathleen Hesketh | June 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

“I want the [McClean] game refuge to be a place where some of the things God made may be seen by those who love them, as I loved them, and who may find in them the peace of mind and body that I have found.” From the will of Sen. George McLean.   The small Connecticut town … Read more

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Explore the rich and varied experiences that Oregon has to offer.

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The Trail of the Molten Land- Newberry Volcano

By Ali Patton | August 24, 2023

The Trail of the Molten Land, located outside of Bend, is an easy trail that brings hikers to an alien planet. In reality, you stroll through a roughly one-mile of lava flow, at the bottom of an ancient volcano, but your eyes will surely convince you that you’ve entered an alien realm. What is the … Read more

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Trekking the Shimmering Path: A Guide to Oregon’s Big Obsidian Flow Trail

By Ali Patton | August 16, 2023

The Bog Obsidian Flow Trail winds through the youngest lava flow in Oregon. The roughly one square mile area is made up of glossy black obsidian and pumice stone. This hike is one of the most unique experiences in all of the diverse state of Oregon. What is the Big Obsidian Flow? The Big Obsidian … Read more

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Nature’s Raw Power on Display: Exploring the Geologic Wonders of Newberry Volcanic Monument

By Ali Patton | July 19, 2023

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon combines 54,000 acres of land to feature lakes, lava flows, lava tubes, unique geologic formations, and some of the best views of the nearby cascade ranges, all inside one park. The New berry Volcanic Monument is mainly all about lava. The park is on an active volcano … Read more

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two women in shadow inside a lava tube cave in central Oregon
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Descending into the Abyss at Lava River Cave Oregon

By Kathleen Hesketh | July 9, 2023

Even as you’re descending into the giant maw of Lava River Cave near Bend Oregon, you’re thinking the usual thoughts that accompany steps into the subterranean. Will I see stalactites or Stalagmites? Will the floor be slippery with dropping moisture, will sudden bursts of illumination highlight spectacular displays of geologic history (thanks to thoughtful park … Read more

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Oregon’s Lava Cast Forest: Nature’s Sculpture Garden in the Heart of the Pacific Northwest

By Ali Patton | June 28, 2023

Oregon’s lava cast forest is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and features an important remnant of the Earth’s early volcanic history. Hikers of all abilities can enjoy the paved trail through the lava casts at this stunning Oregon location, but first you have to find it! Visiting a Geological Marvel The more we … Read more

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Explore Minto Brown Island Park: The Most Dog-Friendly Place in Salem

By Ali Patton | March 16, 2023

Minto Brown Island State Park is the perfect dog lover’s paradise. This riverfront West Salem park offers walking, hiking, jogging, and swimming, all with the option to take man’s best friend with you! The Search for Dog Friendly Parks at the Halfway Point When I stumbled upon Minto Island Brown Park in Salem, I was … Read more

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views from Rim Drive are what to do at Crater Lake
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What to Do at Crater Lake-Best Bets for Your Visit

By Ali Patton | March 5, 2023

When thinking about what to do at Crater Lake, many people go right to the pristine, blue water of the lake itself, but the over 180,000-acre park has much more to offer. With historic lodges, dining, sightseeing drives and endless hiking trails, Crater Lake National park is an experience, not just a destination. We visited … Read more

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Valley of the Giants: Oregon’s Tallest Hidden Secret

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 26, 2023

When it comes to visiting the Pacific Northwest, adventurers have a lot of choices, but none are as humbling as the Valley of the Giants Oregon trail near the now defunct town of Siletz. Accessing this special, sacred old growth grove requires an intrepid spirit, perseverance, and if traveling on a weekday, possibly a death … Read more

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Silver Falls State Park in Oregon: 10 Awesome Waterfalls in a Single Day

By Ali Patton | February 8, 2023

Silver Falls State Park in Oregon is the largest park in the state at close to ten thousand acres. It features moderate trails through dense Oregon forest that bring you to a total of ten different waterfalls. The well-maintained trails, paired with the uniquely beautiful falls, make Silver Falls hike in Oregon a popular place … Read more

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Visiting Oregon: 11 Things to Do When You Get There

By Ali Patton | February 1, 2023

When visiting Oregon, it may be hard to narrow down a list of things to do. So, we’ve put together this simplified visitor resource, a companion to our Oregon travel guide, to help you discover the top attractions, and scenic places in Oregon this magnificent state has to offer. Exploring the Outdoors: Scenic Places in … Read more

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Royal Terrace falls on the McDowell Creek Falls trail
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McDowell Creek Falls- A Mythical Oregon Hike

By Ali Patton | January 25, 2023

McDowell Creek Falls Oregon is a moderate hike located north of Sweet Home. It features beautiful forest views and serene boardwalk stairs leading to the base and summit of two waterfalls. Oregon Hike Views For us, the McDowell Creek Falls trail started out in a small gravel parking lot at the Royal Terrace Trailhead in … Read more

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The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
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It’s a Different Kind of Marble Hall at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

By Ali Patton | October 6, 2022

The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve boasts 15,000 feet of underground passageways that wind and dive ever deeper into a marble cave. When it comes to things to do in Oregon, this adventure must be on your list. The History of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve History of the Oregon Caves National … Read more

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U.S. Destinations

Exploring the U.S. coast to coast.

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Yellowstone in a Weekend – Complete Guide

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 11, 2023

If you’re wondering how to visit Yellowstone in a weekend, here is our Yellowstone 3-day itinerary. We’ve made this trip more than once, so we’ve gotten it down to a bit of a science. When to Go to Yellowstone if You Only Have a Weekend to Visit Our most recent trip took place on what … Read more

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Oregon in Summer, a Paradise You Won’t Want to Leave

By Kathleen Hesketh | July 4, 2021

With over 1,100 moderate hiking trails, miles of back country wilderness and opportunities for biking, paddling and rock climbing, just to name a few, there aren’t many other warm weather destinations as friendly to outdoor enthusiasts as Oregon in summer. Add in a host of activities, a penchant for historical fare and a coastline filled … Read more

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Sanibel Island is one of the great things to do at Fort Myers
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Things to Do at Fort Myers Beach When You Get Tired of the Sand And Sun

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 31, 2020

Fort Myers Beach glistens like a jewel and beckons to all the world. “Come play in the sand and sun,” it says, and so the people do, lining the long causeway bumper to bumper and filling vacation rentals, hotels and condos.  Surprisingly, it’s the beaches at Fort Myers that don’t see the crowds. Maybe it’s because … Read more

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Lens ball on a bed of shells reflecting the ocean off Sanibel Island
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What to Do on Sanibel Island Beyond Shelling

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 4, 2020

NOTE: On September 28, 2022, Sanibel Island was hit by Hurricane Ian, decimating much of the causeway that connects the island to the mainland and causing wide scale destruction. Travel will be restricted for many months, and some of the experiences covered in this article may be impacted. If you’re wondering what to do on … Read more

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