No matter what anyone says, there's no better way to get from point A to point B than to make it a road trip! 'Cause this kind of drive isn't just about reaching your destination, it has more to do with how you reach it. It's all about the journey. Now, don't get the wrong idea; taking a road trip doesn't mean just throwing caution to the wind and hitting the road all willy-nilly. It's about stopping to see and enjoy some things along the way. It's about taking the time to experience things that may not necessarily be on the agenda. Sometimes it means trying new things instead of following the same, old, dull routine. Maybe you don't eat the ham and cheese sandwiches that you packed in the cooler. Maybe, instead, you stop and try your very first Slurpee.
Maybe, at the end of the day, you skip the sensible meal at Denny's and have a triple order of hash browns. A road trip can mean that, instead of getting there a day or two early, perhaps you go an hour out of the way to see the world's largest ball of twine, just so you can say you did. Or maybe you just pull off to the side of the road and take a few minutes because you had no idea that the scenery would be so breathtaking. So... slow down, turn off the GPS, and give our quiz a quick look-see. There is a small chance of learning something new, but it's mostly about fun. So good luck and enjoy!
Which southern U.S. state is most famous for its sunny beaches and fresh citrus?
Oranges and grapefruit, sun and sand... what a beautiful combination! This southern peninsula is nicknamed the "sunshine state" and is also home to the vacation capital of the world! All anybody really has to do to get there is get onto Interstate 95 and head south 'till there's no more I-95. It's really just that easy. The state bird is the mockingbird and the flower is the orange blossom. About 98 million tourists a year stop by to say hello to Mickey and Shamu!
Topeka is the capital of what wheat-producing state?
This state, nicknamed the "sunflower state" was actually part of the Louisiana Purchase back in 1803. It consists mostly of flatlands. Its largest city is Wichita and the population is just over 3,000,000. One of the other things it's most famous for is that it served as home to Dorothy Gale before she was swept up in a twister and dropped into the Land of Oz. The fictional town of Smallville (home to Clark Kent, otherwise known as Superman) is also supposed to be located here.
What northern state boasts the best potatoes in the country?
Even the state license plates here say, "famous potatoes!" Of course, that's not the only thing this region is known for. It's known as the "gem state" because 72 different types of the world's precious and semi-precious stones have been found here. In fact, the largest diamond ever found on U.S. soil was located here. The country's deepest gorge is also there, measuring 7,900 feet deep... deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And, the capital city of Boise is home to over 224,000 people.
Which state is best known for coal mining and has the cardinal as its state bird?
While this particular state is mostly known for its coal production, it is also home to a rather large logging community as well. It's known as the "mountain state" because nearly 75% of its geography is covered by trees and is located entirely within the Appalachian mountains. As confusing as it may sound, this land is known as the northernmost southern state; while also being known at the same time as the southernmost northern state in the country.
Name the northern state that's famous for its cheese!
The largest city here is Milwaukee, with a population of nearly 600,000 people. This state is also unique in that it's home to the beloved Green Bay Packers and Harley Davidson Motorcycles! While being responsible for the largest percentage of the country's dairy production, this region is also the birthplace of the first typewriter, the first kindergarten class, and the Barbie doll (whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts). The capitol is Madison and the state bird is the robin.
In which state can you find hula skirts, pineapples, and volcanoes?
This beautiful little chain of islands is greatly known for its waterfalls and multicolored sands (yes, gold, red, black, and even green). It was not actually made a state until 1959; the same year as Alaska. Also known as the "Aloha state," their official flower is the Hibiscus. Ironically enough, this tropical region (with roughly 9 million tourists a year) is about to become the first ever state to officially ban certain sunscreens that are harmful to the environment.
If Florida has Disney World; where is Disney Land?
This Western state (nearly 158,693 square miles) is home to 40 million residents and boasts the second most populated city in the U.S. (Los Angeles). Over 244 million people a year come to visit and see such agricultural sights as the Redwood National Forest, Sequoia National Park and Yosemite. Other notable highlights include some of the best and freshest seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Universal Studios Hollywood. This region is also home to the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Which state is known for car factories and Motown music?
Known as the center of the American automotive industry and the third leading grower of Christmas trees, this state is home to such car manufacturers as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Two of the top four pizza chains (Little Caesar's and Domino's) are also headquartered here. This region's other great claim to fame is Hitsville, USA, where many great musical artists first got their start with Motown such as Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Jackson Five.
Can anyone name the rainy city where Starbucks Coffee got its start?
Coming in as the thirteenth largest city in the United States, this metropolitan area is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, all of which make up thousands of acres of parkland. One of its most well-known attractions is the Pike Place Market. This open-air market began in 1907, and is one of the oldest and continuously operated public markets in the country. With nearly 10 million visitors annually, its most popular attraction is probably the fish market which boasts a variety of fresh seafood including 3- to 4-foot salmon.
What state is home to the Baltimore Orioles and delicious crabcakes?!
With a population of just over 6 million, this eastern state was one of the original thirteen colonies and is considered the birthplace of religious freedom. The capital city of Annapolis is also home to the famous United States Naval Academy. Located near the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, is one of the country's oldest service academies and educates officers primarily for service in the U.S. Navy. This state is also home to the very first dental school and was the birthplace of Major League Baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Which state's capital is Nashville, the home of country music?
The capital city of this particular state is home to nearly 670,000 people and some of the most popular country music attractions in the U.S. Most residents say that the atmosphere down there is just a little bit more casual than most places and recommend a comfortable pair of blue jeans, rather than getting "all dolled up." Some of the more popular places to see are the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, The Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum.
Name the north-eastern state that's famous for lobsters, pine trees and Stephen King!
Bangor is probably one of the most popular and well-known cities in this state. One of its unique features is that it is also located at the northernmost end of Interstate 95. This region is also the most north-eastern point in the contiguous United States. Their flower is the white pine cone that (of course) grows on the state tree, the eastern white pine. One of the other big exports here is blueberries; so it comes as no surprise that their "unofficial food" is blueberry pie.
Who can name the largest U.S. state, that's also full of salmon and snow crabs?
This beautiful state has the distinction of holding many different titles. It was one of the last two regions to be accepted into the Union in 1958. It's the NORTHERNMOST state in the U.S. It's also the LARGEST state in the U.S. And it's the COLDEST state in the U.S. Nearly 2 million people a year visit this grand region, and most of them come by cruise ship. Where else, in this great country, can someone literally stand on a glacier and watch the aurora borealis?!
"The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of ... " which state?
If anybody were to travel through this "lone star" state, there's a few things they should know. Much like Nashville, things are a bit more relaxed and more casual down here and dressing up means your best pair of blue jeans and your best Stetson hat. That's right, in the river city, everyone wears a cowboy hat. It's certainly not a requirement, but it does help one fit in and feel right at home. Especially when stopping by to get a grand look at The Alamo, one of the state's oldest and most historical attractions!
What state is famous for cheesesteak sandwiches, and the Steelers football team?
Hmmm... can anyone guess what they make here? Yes! Chocolate! In fact, there's an entire city named Hershey! There's a theme park, a museum, and an interactive center where you can literally design your own chocolate treat! Hershey's population (of people, not chocolate kisses) is nearly 15,000; while the population of its home state is closer to 13,000,000. They are known as the "keystone state" and the flower is the mountain laurel. Philadelphia is the largest city and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Salem is the capital of which west coast state?
The coastline of this western state is some of the most beautiful in the country. In fact, one of its great attractions along the water is the sea lion caves. Just north of the city of Florence is one of the most accessible and dependable areas for spotting sea lions anywhere on the coast. There are many places along the 363-mile coastline where you can see seals and sea lions in their natural settings or in developed harbor areas.
Which state has peaches, peanuts, and is, " ... just an old, sweet song?"
So many states are famous for so many different things. This one, in particular, is known for having the best peaches in the country. They've got great peanuts and both Ray Charles and Willie Nelson singing about what a great place it is. The largest (and capital city) would be Atlanta with a population of nearly 500,000. Which, of course, is also home to the ever popular Atlanta Braves baseball team. Another favorite city of tourists is Savannah, with its old southern charm.
Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Dubuque are all cities in what state?
There are a great many states across the midwestern region of the country that are responsible for corn and soybean production. This one in particular just so happens to be the number one when it comes to production. With Des Moines as the capital, the "hawkeye state," is home to nearly 3.2 million people total. While many may not be aware of it, the blockbuster film, "Bridges of Madison County," was originally based on a collection of bridges form the state's real-life Madison county.
Which U.S. city is called "the windy city?"
First of all, people always want to know why it's known as the "windy city?" Many assume that it earned its nickname from all the chilly gusts coming off of Lake Michigan. However, the real truth is that the city is windy (according to most locals) because of the hot air bellowing from all the politicians. A simple metaphor that implies that most Chicagoans are also full of hot air. With a population of 2.8 million, it's easy to see why.
Where would somebody go for jazz, crawfish, and Mardi Gras?!
Although the seafood and the music are both legendary in this state, what it's most well known for is it's annual celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The festival itself usually brings in about 1.3 million visitors, which is four times the actual population of the city. 'Mardi Gras' is French for 'Fat Tuesday' or 'Shrove Tuesday;' and it represents the practices of eating richer, fattier foods before fasting for the season of Lent. The festival season itself, however, varies from state to state.
Where is "the city that never sleeps?"
Also known as "the city so nice, they named it twice." Everyone claims that whenever they visit this bustling metropolis, they're immediately hooked on it; they say they get the NYC bug. And why not?! There's the view from Rockefeller Centre, or the feeling people get when they go walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, and the heart-racing pulse from walking up and down 5th Avenue. Of course, don't forget the sense of majesty and serenity that comes with just sitting in Central Park.
Santa Fe is the capital of what state; which is also known as "the land of enchantment?"
Brilliant desert landscapes, covered in crystal-clear light, or the deep gorges and canyons reachable by rugged trails. And Adobe ruins with isolated churches all blend together to create this 'enchanting' portrait. Combine all of these stunning aspects, and then add some of the traditional stories of its many people (from Navajo and Pueblo Indians to Hispanic colonists and Anglo settlers) and you have the perfect description of this beautiful state. Many people a year come to visit and another handful come to stay.
What "tar heel state" was also "first in flight?"
With lighthouses and beaches, sky-high peaks and white water rafting, world-class fishing and cool small towns - from the mountains and down to the coast, this place has it all. With the state's southern hospitality and welcoming attitude... families and children alike feel like they're right at home. And why? Because they have the perfect combination of scenery, history, and fun as well. Everybody can find something to love in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or on the hundreds of miles of beaches along the coast.
Which state hosts the big horse race and has the best fried chicken around?
Every year, during the first weekend in May, the nation turns its attention towards Louisville where the annual Derby is run at Churchill Downs. But, after the thrill of that legendary horse race settles, there's still a lot to see and do in this southern state. Nature lovers will enjoy the dense forest of the Appalachians. And culture fans can experience some serious Americana from bluegrass music to fried chicken. There are other sites to enjoy such as Lincoln's birthplace, Lexington, or even the local Quaker communities.
What city is this famous water-based attraction located?
Sharing a border with Canada, this U.S. destination is a sight to see. Millions come visit the water every year and even take boat tours out to the midst of it all. In fact, a popular one is called Maid of the Mist. Back on land, it's a kitchy area, with lots of tourist attractions such as shops, restaurants, amusement rides... essentially the works. A few records have been broken here, such as a 63-year-old teacher being the first person to travel over the water in a custom-made barrel. Where is this located?
Las Vegas is located in which western state?
Nowhere are glitz and glitter more apparent than on the Las Vegas strip. This city, home to nearly 635,000 people, boasts a 6 kilometer long thoroughfare (otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard) that is the entertainment capitol of the world and home to many of the largest hotels and casinos on the planet! The appeal of both its adult entertainment and family favorites makes Las Vegas a true city of fun for everyone. The strip is a master of reincarnation, promoting itself on contradictory values one decade, and on family fun the next.
Where would somebody go for good skiing in The Rocky Mountains?
For people who admire a hearty mix of epic, natural scenery, they'll want to visit the "centennial state" and experience all the beauty it has to offer. The Rocky mountains (that are at least 10,000 feet tall, with over 1,000 peaks) are only one reason that nearly 16.5 million people come to visit every year. Where else can one go to experience 190 inches of snow AND 300 days of sunshine a year; along with unmatched outdoor culture, a hint of oddity, and fun cities to explore.
Which state actually has 10,000 lakes?
While most people don't know it (or, wouldn't believe it), this state is one of the most spectacular places in which to see and experience truly untouched and natural scenery with breathtaking views. Most people who visit, experience a variety of urban and rural landscapes across the state. From the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to the 11,842 lakes that are scattered throughout the land. This state is a treasure just waiting to be discovered by residents and tourists alike.
The Grand Canyon can be found in what state?
This state can be quite contrasting or contradictory to itself when it comes to its geography. There's sunshine AND there's snow. There's desert AND there's forest. There's serene landscapes AND there's rugged terrain that look like they're made for a wild west shootout! Of course, there's also the Grand Canyon. It was carved out by the Colorado river over the course of 6 million years! There's also the Grand Canyon Railroad, but there are also those who prefer to hike their way to the bottom.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
While being the least populous state in the U.S. (at only 579,000 residents), it is also one of the richest in unspoiled nature. Whether it's the snow-capped mountain ranges or the elevated prairies, it is a sparkling example of rugged beauty and also home to some of the USA's most diverse wildlife. This region also has a friendly and welcoming culture with a western charm that is evident in any of the historic small towns. Wyoming offers an invigorating view into authentic western life.