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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Michael joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour.
Michael Portillo visits the Parker House Hotel, where he whisks up a Boston cream pie.
Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the home town of America.
Michael Portillo joins in with a legendary open-air 'clambake'.
Michael Portillo's rail voyage goes river deep and mountain high.
Heading for the Canadian border, Michael stops in Burlington, Vermont.
In Montreal, Michael discovers the influence of French and British colonial roots.
In the hills of Vaudreuil, Quebec province, Michael explores a Canadian icon, maple syrup.
Michael Portillo's rail odyssey through Canada continues along the Grand Trunk railway.
Michael Portillo begins his Toronto tour with the engineering works at Union Station.
Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Michael pans for gold in the clear waters of the American River.
Michael Portillo's rail journey takes him to the commercial metropolis of San Francisco.
Michael hears about the huge contribution Chinese immigrants made to the economy.
Michael visits the seismology department at UC Berkeley.
At tech giant Intel, Michael glimpses the future on a test drive in an autonomous car.
Michael raises the Bear Flag of the one-time Republic of California.
Michael heads for the Warner Brothers studio.
Michael strikes oil in the suburbs of LA and paints a pretty picture in Laguna Beach.
Clad in khaki boiler suit and dark glasses, Michael joins the US Navy Pacific Fleet.