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New York: Viceroy

Despite its Midtown location, this tall, dark and very handsome boutique hotel oozes sleek Downtown style. Anisha Patel falls head over heels

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Bali: Alila Villas, Uluwatu

The infinity pool steals the show at this sundrenched resort in the Indian Ocean, but the jaw-dropping location, cool minimalist villas and innovative spa aren’t so bad either, says Ianthe Butt

Travel tech you shouldn’t get on a plane without

With so many gadgets on the market vying for your attention, which are worth the money (and space in your suitcase)? Katie Gatens has whittled down five must-have pieces of tech you should make a beeline for before you travel

50 states in 52 weeks: the best of Kansas City barbecue

Kansas City has become synonymous with smoked meat and is home to some of the most iconic barbecue institutions in the country. Nick Baines embarks on a barbecue trail of the city and lines up the finest barbecue items (and explains exactly where to find them)

Six useful apps for visiting San Francisco

The Bay Area is known for its tech scene, so it’s only natural that there are some amazing apps to help you navigate your way around it. Local tech writer Emily Price reveals six to download now

The Netherlands: Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

Fusing history with hip Dutch design, this sleek hotel has plenty of character – not least because it’s made up of 25 interlinked canal houses. Katie Gatens checks in

UK: The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey

The combination of an accolade-worthy restaurant and sophisticated spa makes this boutique hotel a dream destination for sybarites, says Olivia McLearon

On the road with… Foals’ Yannis Philippakis

The bearded frontman talks wild fans, gifts to remember and returning to the Greek Islands

John Simpson: Letter from Punchestown, Ireland

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month, Simpson heads to the races in Ireland

London: five of the best summer art exhibitions

From David Hockney’s series of portraits at the Royal Academy to the most talked-about gallery extension in recent years (yes, the Tate Modern), there’s never been a more exciting time for the London art scene. Henry Elphick gives a rundown of the exhibitions not to miss in the capital this summer

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50 States in 52 weeks: UFO spotting in Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey and Nevada

The dusty deserts of the US are hotspots for UFO sightings – even the former US President Jimmy Carter filed a report to say he’d seen one. Here High Life examines the otherworldly goings-on recorded in four states famed for their paranormal activity

50 States in 52 weeks: things to do in New Hampshire whatever the season

Home to the Great North Woods, several jewel-like lakes, and Mount Washington (the highest peak in the northeastern US), the so-called ‘Granite State’ is a great place to get lost – in a good way. Editor of New Hampshire Magazine Rick Broussard leads the expedition…

50 States in 52 weeks: Missouri vs Ohio: who reigns supreme in sports?

Sports fandom is strong in the Midwest with good reason – there’s plenty to cheer for across various games. Two states in particular, Missouri and Ohio, produce some of the most dedicated enthusiasts. But which one has the upper hand? Midwestern native Samantha Lande examines the state of play

50 States in 52 weeks: Portland, Oregon vs. Portland, Maine

Two great cities, same great name. Sitting on opposite coasts and separated by an eight hour flight, Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine each have their own unique character. However, in the game of Top Trumps, there can only be one winner. Travel writer and Portland Oregon resident, Ian Nelson, examines the stats and facts for each city to see how they compare

50 States in 52 weeks: Detroit for street food

Detroit is putting itself back on the map with its thriving quick-serve food scene. Native Detroiter Samantha Lande shines a spotlight on the family-run businesses behind the revolution, and recommends the places worth a visit

50 States in 52 weeks: one night in New Orleans

So you’ve only got one night in one of America’s hottest cities? Here’s your hour-by-hour gameplan for making the most of New Orleans after dark

50 states in 52 weeks: The US as seen on screen: Minnesota, Washington, Georgia, South Dakota, and Maryland

From icy mountains to cinematic towns and spooky cornfields these five states have all been used for cult US TV shows. Ellen E Jones checks out places to visit from the shows

50 States in 52 weeks: Nevada's solar power art

How a new solar-power plant in the Mojave Desert became the unlikely subject of a photo series by American photographer Jamey Stillings

50 states in 52 weeks: the cool side of Nashville

Don’t tell the rest of the Brooklyn-worshipping world, but East Nashville just might be the hippest, coolest, most authentic neighbourhood on the planet right now. Here Sunshine Flint shares where to eat, shop, stay, and play

50 States in 52 Weeks: Road tripping from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

While visiting Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park back-to-back makes for a memorable holiday, guidebook author Alan Rider says the road trip between them can be half the fun