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

Anger as US national parks plan high-season price hikes

Visitor numbers at US national parks are soaring, yet the government says a proposed price surge is for ‘maintenance’, while slashing federal funding by almost $300m

10 of the best views, festivals and events for the US total solar eclipse

Planning a trip in search of totality on 21 August in the US? Our guide provides advice on vantage points and events along the Oregon-to-South Carolina viewing corridor, plus tips on places to stay

Where to stay in the 10 most popular US national parks

To mark the US National Park Service turning 100 this week, Mary Caperton Morton picks the best places to stay, from hotels and cabins to campsites, in the country’s favourite parks

Southdale Center: America’s first shopping mall – a history of cities in 50 buildings

The 1,100 suburban malls inspired by Southdale may be the epitome of car-bound consumerism – but this first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centre was dreamt up by a socialist, pro-pedestrian Jewish refugee

Buttes and beasts: amazing US national parks – in pictures

The US’s national parks offer up some of the most dramatic scenery in the world as can be seen here.