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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.

Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery Sign
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Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery, Can’t Miss Gem in the Columbia River Gorge

By Ali Patton | November 24, 2021

When visiting Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, it is easy to spend all your time exploring the many waterfalls, like Multnomah Falls, but believe it or not, the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery is a can’t miss quick trip you will not regret. The Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery is perfect for all ages, … Read more

The Mosier Twin Tunnels hike leads to an amazing destination
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Oregon’s Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike, Mother-Daughter Trek into History

By Ali Patton | October 27, 2021

During our excursion into the Columbia River Gorge, we sought to avoid the crowds. While we did do the more touristy things such as Multnomah Falls, we also tried to stick to lesser known adventures such as Ponytail Falls and the Mosier Twin Tunnels hike. What Are the Mosier Twin Tunnels? Construction on the Mosier … Read more

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View looking up at Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge bridge
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Visiting Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge – Don’t Make Our Mistake

By Kathleen Hesketh | October 3, 2021

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is one of the world’s most iconic waterfalls. Revereed for its two-tier plunge and picturesque appeal, the double cascade sees two million visitors a year, most during the summer months. Table of contents Where Is Multnomah Falls? Multnomah Falls Bridge What Is There to Do at Multnomah Falls? … Read more

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Horsetail falls Oregon from viewpoint
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Horsetail Falls Oregon to Ponytail Falls, Mother and Daughter on the Trail

By Kathleen Hesketh | September 19, 2021

A recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge had us—as it does many—chasing waterfalls, most notably Horsetail Falls Oregon and the nearby Ponytail Falls, also known as Upper Horsetail Falls. This duo of plunging cascades offers everything for travelers of all abilities, from the view-it-from-the-roadside sort to the more avid hiker. If you haven’t traveled … Read more

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Launching a Balsa-Wood Glider when Visiting Astoria Column Oregon

By Ali Patton | September 17, 2021

Sending a balsa wood glider flying from the top of the 125-foot Astoria Column Oregon has become a tradition when visiting the northern coast. While launching your plane, you can enjoy the views of Young’s Bay, the Columbia River and the coastline. What Is an Astoria Column Glider? On a rare clear, sunny day in … Read more

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Clear Lake Oregon with kayaker on surface
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What Lies Beneath Clear Lake in Oregon: Kayaking the Great Blue

By Ali Patton | September 1, 2021

Kayaking over Clear Lake, Oregon, you would have no idea what lies underneath. From above, you experience calm, clear water in the peaceful setting. But just below the water’s surface, an underwater world awaits.  Clear Lake is an oasis surrounded by forested fir trees that tower above and blanket the shores in shade. The lake … Read more

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Girl and dog stop at first looking out on the Latourell Falls Hike
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Latourell Falls Hike, One of the Hottest Trails in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge

By Kathleen Hesketh | August 22, 2021

The Latourell Falls hike in Oregon is now open following a lengthy closure due to the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017. Easily accessible from the Historic Columbia River Highway, this loop hike can also be taken as an out and back adventure. No matter how you dish it up, you’ll cover two outstanding waterfalls and … Read more

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Easy Oregon hikes provide an opportunity for all those to get out and see the outdoors
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Easy Oregon Hikes that Lead to Unbelievable Destinations

By Ali Patton | June 23, 2021

Tackling some of Oregon’s hiking trails is a multi-day adventure, but if you don’t have the stamina for a backcountry excursion, there are several easy and beautiful hikes, perfect for wiling away a few hours. Here are some of our favorites, as well as a few we hope to conquer in the near future. Easy … Read more

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Garibaldi Train Stattion on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Review: See More, Travel the Old-Fashioned Way

By Ali Patton | April 20, 2021

If you need a relaxing way to see the Oregon Coast while visiting Oregon, or if you have a kiddo that is obsessed with trains, The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is for you and your family! The railway features a historical authentic Oregon steam train which takes you along the Coast and shorelines from Garibaldi … Read more

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The Over the Woods and Through the Woods Scenic Byway Views
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Over the River and Through the Woods: History of a Scenic byway

By Ali Patton | March 24, 2021

What is the Over the River and Through the Woods Scenic Byway? The over the river and through the woods scenic byway in Oregon is the highway that encompasses ground from Brownsville Oregon to the junction of OR-226, OR-22 and US-20. The byway offers magnificent views of winding rivers, lakes, and snow peaked mountains. It … Read more

Thompson Mills with a tree in the foreground and blue sky behind it
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Thompson’s Mills and the Town That Disappeared Overnight

By Ali Patton | January 30, 2021

Just outside the small town of Shedd Oregon sits the Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, and the nonexistent remains of a town that disappeared overnight. Formerly named Boston Mills, it is the oldest existing water-powered grain mill in Oregon. The History of Oregon’s Thompson’s Mills In 1858 three men, R.C. Finley, Philemon V. Crawford, and … Read more

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The Sweet Hike of Sweet Creek Falls

By Ali Patton | October 25, 2020

Sweet Creek Falls is a heavily trafficked two-mile out and back Oregon hiking trail that showcases four waterfalls, which together, drop over 70 feet. Small swimming holes can be accessed at most of the falls, if you’re up for getting wet. If you’re not into splashing in the water, don’t fret. The Sweet Creek Falls … 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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