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

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

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

Eowyn Ivey on Alaska: ‘I was told never to run from a charging bear. Yet I did just that’

The sparsely populated US state’s austere beauty is a magnet for creative and independently minded people, says the Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer of The Snow Child