Great American Railroad Journeys

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Great American Railroad Journeys

Michael Portillo takes to the water for a nautical journey through the Thousand Islands, before his railway journey across Canada concludes in Toronto.

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In Montreal, Michael Portillo learns how French and British colonial roots have influenced the city. In Ottawa, the former politician visits the country's parliament.
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Michael Portillo's rail voyage continues through Connecticut heading north through the scenic New England states, where he takes a crash course in rowing.
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Michael Portillo gets a taste of the early life of President Lincoln, learns about Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, and joins Elvis fans at Graceland.
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Michael Portillo travels from Chicago to Champaign, Illinois, visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright house that changed US architecture.
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Michael Portillo travels through Milwaukee on a journey towards Chicago, where he learns about the history of the iconic American Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, where he learns about the indigenous tribes of Wampanoag people.
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Michael Portillo visits Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, learning how surgery was first made bearable in 1846 by a miraculous new substance.
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Michael Portillo discovers the secrets of backyard oil drilling in Los Angeles and joins the locals for Mexican Independence Day.
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Michael Portillo journeys along the Upper Mississippi to Red Wing, Minnesota, and the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie.
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Michael Portillo travels through Minneapolis and St Paul, where he explores how the power of the Mississippi helped Minneapolis become a great industrial centre.
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Michael Portillo travels through New Mexico and Arizona, watching rehearsals at the Santa Fe Opera House and visiting the Grand Canyon.
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Michael Portillo reaches Colorado, where he follows in the footsteps of 19th-century east coast men who came to experience the cowboy life.
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In Lawrence, Kansas, Michael Portillo joins the Jayhawks basketball team, and later comes face to face with a herd of wild buffalo.
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In the port of Monterey, Michael Portillo discovers the city's Spanish and Mexican heritage.
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Michael Portillo visits Yosemite National Park in California, beholding its granite cliffs, sequoia trees and waterfalls.
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Michael Portillo's journey's to San Francisco, where he travels through the city's streets by cable car, before heading across the bay to Sausalito.
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Michael Portillo travels from Reno, Nevada to California's Napa County, taking to the skies over the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
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Michael Portillo discovers the hidden pleasures of 19th-century railroad workers in Sedalia, before reaching St Joseph, Missouri.
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Michael Portillo journeys west from St Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri, following the tracks of European settlers in the 19th century.
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