‘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’

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

Ray K Metzker’s Abstractions – in pictures

Metzker was a modernist who experimented with formal techniques to create new ways of seeing. His evocative cityscapes mark him out as one of the great masters of American photography

In search of the funkiest little town in America

On a quest to find the best alternative town in the US, this writer takes a road trip through the north-west. Along the way he finds plenty of contenders with great diners, bookshops and easy access to the outdoors, but which place gets his vote?

In the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, on the trail of its old-time musical heritage

A road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Crooked Road – Virginia’s heritage music trail – reveals how the majestic landscape inspired the stars of old-time, bluegrass and country

10 of the best US road trip stopoffs – readers’ travel tips

Anyone driving in the US will encounter kitsch diners and gaudy motels, but the roads are also lined with oddball museums and unique amusements – New Testament mini-golf anyone?

10 of the least-visited US national parks

With US national parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone facing overcrowding, we take a look at 10 beautiful but little-known parks where you’re more likely to see a bear, moose or ‘champion tree’ than another human.