The best towns and small cities in the US: Portland, Maine

This buzzing city on the New England coast has a strong community spirit running through its art and music scene, as well as food and drink that’s big on local flavours

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

Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail

Half a century on from the assassination of Martin Luther King, novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez takes a moving trip on the newly opened trail, from the great man’s birthplace to the site of his death in Memphis

San Francisco’s Japantown: vibrant, on-trend and fighting for its future

Japanese people started moving to J-Town after the city’s 1906 earthquake and the area still reflects its roots with festivals, food stops and arty stores but its small businesses face a battle against a real-estate boom

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