Michael Portillo crosses the Atlantic to ride the railroads of America.
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In St Louis, Michael ascends America's monument to the Wild West, the Gateway Arch.
Michael begins this leg at the birthplace of a rural icon in Washington, Missouri.
Michael discovers the hidden pleasures of 19th-century railroad workers in Sedalia.
Michael hits cowboy central in the former meat-packing capital of America - Kansas City.
Michael travels through Tornado Alley to meet one of the first storm chasers in America.
Michael Portillo visits a notorious saloon in the former frontier town of Dodge City.
In Las Animas County, Colorado, Michael Portillo learns what it took to become a cowboy.
Michael heads out into the gorge of the Arkansas River aboard a narrow-gauge railroad.
Michael Portillo explores the beautiful colonial architecture of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In Albuquerque, Michael Portillo helps in the restoration of an enormous locomotive.
Michael visits the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul, built around the Mississippi River.
Michael learns about an epic poem featuring American Indian characters.
Michael visits the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie.
In Tomah, Wisconsin, Michael helps harvest cranberries, an important crop for the US.
Michael is in Milwaukee, located on Lake Michigan and home of the Harley-Davidson.
Michael Portillo is blown away by the skyscrapers in Illinois's Windy City.
Michael Portillo investigates the ultimate marshalling yard.
Michael visits a house that changed the face of American architecture.
Michael stops at Mattoon, where he gets a taste of the life which shaped Abraham Lincoln.
Michael Portillo hears about the life of former river boat captain Samuel Clemens.