The best towns and small cities in the US: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The sporting fanaticism, liberal traditions, food and music of a university town where the ‘individual streak still lives strong’

10 of the best restaurants near New York’s main attractions

It’s easy to grab a burger in Times Square but much more rewarding to walk a block or two and eat well with the locals. We asked our NYC correspondent to choose great places to eat near the city’s major sights

Campaign against Trump’s threat to US national monuments gathers pace

Activists are ramping up efforts to raise awareness of the US president’s order, which puts 27 US parks at risk of losing their protected status

‘In Montana it feels like there’s lots of sky stacked on top of us, layer upon layer’

Director Alex Smith, whose film Walking Out premieres at Sundance London this weekend, on his love for his home state, ‘Big Sky Country’

The best of Washington state and Oregon

The Pacific Northwest is known for its great outdoors – lakes, mountain trails, wild shores. But our readers also have tips for the region’s eminently livable towns and cities

Watchtowers, drones and a toxic moat: the designs for Trump’s border wall

Some proposals for Trump’s border wall may look like spoofs, but they provide a fascinating window into the lurid anxieties of middle America

What’s new in New Orleans? The city’s post-Katrina highlights

Nola is back and buzzing with new bars, hotels, restaurants and markets that showcase its history as well as its bright future. Here, with the help of locals, we pick fresh places to experience this grand city’s charm

Put the flags out for Talkeetna, Alaska

This tiny Alaskan town has one of America’s last flagstop trains, holds an annual moose dropping festival and is surrounded by spectacular wilderness. Moose dropping refers to the droppings of the moose rather than dropping the moose.