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50 states in 52 weeks: eat and drink the world in Alabama’s Pepper Place

Birmingham, Alabama might be best known as the cradle of the US civil rights movement, but today, top chefs are cooking up a new image for the Magic City by blending a farm-to-table ethos with international sophistication — and nowhere more so than Pepper Place. Local writer Eric Velasco takes a seat at the world’s table

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Pilot Q&A: First Officer Chloe Harrison, Airbus A139 (A320 fleet, Gatwick)

This month, First Officer Chloe Harrison on overcoming the odds and being determined to take to the skies

A foodie guide to Glasgow

Forget the clichés about deep-fried Mars Bars. Glasgow’s foodie credentials are on the rise, thanks to eclectic street food restaurants, experimental breweries and local chefs reinventing Scottish classics. Alice Tate scopes out the best places to cram into a weekend for any hungry (or thirsty) visitor

Paul van Dyk’s ultimate guide to Berlin

The legendary Grammy Award-winning DJ shares his top tips for where to drink, dance and get off the beaten track in his hometown

Japan: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

This outstanding hotel has set the bar extremely high. Where else could you order eggs for breakfast from chickens fed on a diet of hibiscus and rosehip, asks Katie Gatens

Weekend break: Geneva

Though one of the smallest cities in the world, Geneva packs in luxury shopping, superb restaurants, spas and mountains views — and all just an hour’s flight away. Perfect for a weekend break, says Alice Tate

Thailand: The Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

It might be a part of a larger hotel group, but this luxury wellness retreat stays true to its Thai roots, says Ianthe Butt. Tom yum and chilli cocktail, anyone?

City hot spot: La Brea, Los Angeles

This small stretch between 1st and 2nd Streets in LA’s Mid-City is fast becoming a cultural hub, offering creative workspaces, stylish restaurants, cool boutiques and, of course, a stellar yoga studio. Being so small, the area is easily walkable — proving that people do indeed walk LA. Local writer Krista Simmons shares her tips

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

UK: Bailiffscourt Hotel, West Sussex

This Medieval manor house-turned-hotel has oodles of historic character, but with all the creature comforts of the 21st century. Jamie McPherson goes back in time

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50 states in 52 weeks: Hawaii for food lovers

Forget Spam: thanks to a new wave of creative chefs and a renewed interest in culinary traditions, Hawaiian cuisine is quietly undergoing a hip resurgence, both at home and abroad. Deborah Dunn eats her way around Oahu, the islands’ foodie epicentre

50 states in 52 weeks: Nebraska’s live music scene

Nebraska inconceivably became the epicenter of the indie music world in the early 2000s, thanks to three homegrown bands making waves nationally. But you can still catch great live music in its big cities today. Omaha-based music writer and blogger Tim McMahan gives us a lowdown on the scene

50 states in 52 weeks: run, ride or walk Philadelphia

From beers gardens and high-design parks to outdoor art installations, Philadelphia has ramped up its outdoor offerings, making this flat and easily navigable city a top destination for those who like to get active in an urban setting. Here are three mini-itineraries for exploring the city’s alfresco offerings

50 states in 52 weeks: 10 ways to have an adventure in Montana

With snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes and majestic valleys, Montana is a truly wild state. From high-adrenaline hiking and white-knuckle rafting to real-life rodeos and music festivals in the mountains, here are 10 ways to experience it at its best

50 states in 52 weeks: a literary road trip through California

People flock to California for sunshine and star gazing, but the state’s coast-hugging cities also have a rich literary heritage that will keep book nerds busy from LA to San Francisco

50 states in 52 weeks: five beaches within driving distance of Washington DC

It might be the state where the first English settlers established their colonies and have a rich political history, but Virginia also has over 3,300 miles of shoreline packed with sweeping bays, wild trails and sand dunes. Local resident Toni Guagenti picks five that are easily accessible from nearby Washington DC

50 states in 52 weeks: highlights of Route 66 in New Mexico and Oklahoma

It may run over 2,400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, but this historic highway is best seen at its heart — in New Mexico and Oklahoma. Robert Reid, Oklahoma native and Route 66 regular, picks his highlights along America’s most iconic road

50 states in 52 weeks: how Chicago’s business district became cool

The Loop has been the city’s financial centre for decades, but thanks to an influx of cool restaurants, artisan coffee shops and boutiques, the former after-hours ghost town is thriving. Chicago native Jessica Teas gives us the lowdown

50 states in 52 weeks: Austin, Texas vs Asheville, North Carolina

With indie-music credentials, a thriving foodie scene and microbreweries churning out craft beers, the laid-back North Carolina town has more than a little in common with the quirky Texan capital. Lauren Steventon puts both cities to the test