Series 3


Series 3

Armed with his 19th-century Appleton's guidebook to the United States and Canada, Michael Portillo embarks on a 1,100-mile railroad journey from Boston, Massachusetts, to Toronto, Ontario.


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Boston

1. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Boston

Michael joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour.

Boston to Concord, Massachusetts

2. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Boston to Concord, Massachusetts

Michael Portillo visits the Parker House Hotel, where he whisks up a Boston cream pie.

Plymouth to Nantucket

3. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Plymouth to Nantucket

Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the home town of America.

Burlington to Plattsburgh

6. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Burlington to Plattsburgh

Heading for the Canadian border, Michael stops in Burlington, Vermont.

Montreal, Quebec

7. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Montreal, Quebec

In Montreal, Michael discovers the influence of French and British colonial roots.

Montreal to Ottawa

8. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Montreal to Ottawa

In the hills of Vaudreuil, Quebec province, Michael explores a Canadian icon, maple syrup.

Thousand Islands to Oshawa, Ontario

9. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Thousand Islands to Oshawa, Ontario

Michael Portillo's rail odyssey through Canada continues along the Grand Trunk railway.

Toronto

10. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Toronto

Michael Portillo begins his Toronto tour with the engineering works at Union Station.

Reno, Nevada, to Colfax, California

11. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Reno, Nevada, to Colfax, California

Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Sacramento to Napa Valley

12. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Sacramento to Napa Valley

Michael pans for gold in the clear waters of the American River.

San Francisco to Sausalito, California

13. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, San Francisco to Sausalito, California

Michael Portillo's rail journey takes him to the commercial metropolis of San Francisco.

San Francisco

14. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, San Francisco

Michael hears about the huge contribution Chinese immigrants made to the economy.

Berkeley to Yosemite

15. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Berkeley to Yosemite

Michael visits the seismology department at UC Berkeley.

Santa Clara to Santa Cruz

16. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Santa Clara to Santa Cruz

At tech giant Intel, Michael glimpses the future on a test drive in an autonomous car.

Monterey to Santa Barbara

17. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Monterey to Santa Barbara

Michael raises the Bear Flag of the one-time Republic of California.

Los Angeles

18. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Los Angeles

Michael heads for the Warner Brothers studio.

Los Angeles to Laguna Beach

19. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, Los Angeles to Laguna Beach

Michael strikes oil in the suburbs of LA and paints a pretty picture in Laguna Beach.

La Jolla to San Diego

20. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 3, La Jolla to San Diego

Clad in khaki boiler suit and dark glasses, Michael joins the US Navy Pacific Fleet.