San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

This historic college town between California’s mountains and its rugged Pacific coast seems to have it all. No wonder Oprah raves about it

A local’s guide to Chicago: 10 top tips

The city’s bars and music scene are among the most vibrant in the US. And with Lake Michigan beaches to relax on and two new budget flights from the UK, now is the time to go

The most underrated US attractions.

Sidestep big cities and theme parks to explore a bridge leading nowhere, great galleries, steaming volcanoes and outposts of US history

Manhattan transfers: New York’s boroughs by ferry

Downtown New York has sights galore but the city’s expanded ferry service offers a more relaxed way to see its less famous neighbourhoods – and fabulous views back to Manhattan

Keys to the backwaters: a coastal Florida road trip

Away from the overcooked theme parks, there’s a calmer side to the Sunshine State, in tune with the ocean and vast wetlands.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland