Liberty Island - location for the Statue of Liberty - will be off-limits for the duration of the shutdown

Simon Calder: What effect will the US shutdown have on British tourists travelling to America?

The closure of so many key attractions is likely to put pressure on the museums and galleries which are open

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48 Hours In: Seattle

This waterside gem of the Pacific Northwest has given birth to musical legends and coffee chains, but next month it's all about the arts, says Simon Calder

Canal-hopping: Soberanía National Park

Coast along in Panama

Five hundred years ago, the Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean on a cross-country journey from the Atlantic. Mick Webb follows in his oar strokes

New England in the fall

'Leaf peepers' are guaranteed dazzling colours in America's north-east over the coming weeks, says Aoife O'Riordain

Vine time: a train passes through a Napa Valley vineyard

Rich pickings in California

It's harvest time in the vineyards of the Golden State, with hundreds of activities over the coming weeks. Andy Lynes raises a glass to the best ways to experience it

Viewfinder: the light-filled living area

Stay the Night: Tree House, Sonoma

Northern California is buzzing with harvest activities, but James Litston finds peace at a novel hillside retreat

Hairy: the 'Devil's Nose'

The railway line that keeps on rolling

On the road: In Ecuador

Los Angeles: Drive another day in the City of Angels

The car's the star in LA, but what if you'd rather walk, cycle or take the bus? Sanjiv Bhattacharya left his Honda at home and hit the road

Long haul: a sand sculpture honouring fishermen

Cruise to the isles of artistry in Canada

Anthony Lambert visits a small archipelago in the Gulf of St Lawrence and finds a vibrant crafts scene

Martin Luther King Jr

Atlanta, Georgia: 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr had a dream

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr made one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century. Polly Evans visits his birthplace in Atlanta to see what remains of this vision

The latest Mississippi paddle boat takes in historic towns and literary landmarks at a leisurely pace

Cruise in the wake of Mark Twain with the latest Mississippi paddle boat

It takes in historic towns and literary landmarks at a leisurely pace. Simon Veness soaks it up

All aboard: Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky ride on the new great western

A luxury North American rail adventure begins today. Simon Calder got a preview of the coastal journey from Vancouver to Seattle

Enco in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California: The enduring appeal of a desert playground

Palm Springs has long been the favoured resort of stars and architects, as Christopher Beanland discovers

Travel challenge: New Orleans

Each week we invite three companies to offer their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a city break in New Orleans. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each package includes five nights' accommodation and United Airlines flights from Heathrow via Washington on Saturday, 21 September (returning via Houston).

Salvador: Rhythm and religion in Brazil

Bahia's vibrant coastal capital moves to a different beat, as David J Constable discovers

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