Summer vacation is nearing an end, and oh my, hasn't it been a fun one? It's the time of year that families take road trips and vacations, but what is out there to see? Every state has a million things to do, from amazing landmarks that are breathtaking to small tourist traps that are probably better left forgotten. Even if there is no trip in the works, there is some amazing landmark nearby. Every state has at least one iconic location or stop, and today we are going to be taking a look at the 5o most memorable, breathtaking, and fun spots to visit on any summer vacation. We have all heard of Carlsbad Caverns, and The Alamo, but where are they located?
Today we are going to travel from the Shores of Florida to the mountains of California. We'll be looking from the tip of Maine to the smallest island in Hawaii. Was the Liberty Bell in Massachusetts, or Pennsylvania? Where is Mount Rushmore located? Where does the first Weiner Mobile call home? This quiz will see how many of these amazing landmarks find the right home. There are 50 states and 50 questions, so there will be at least one landmark that lands close to home. Good luck!
State of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was given to the U.S by France as a gift. The first pieces of the statue started to arrive in 1876 and were put on display around the country. The statue was inspired by stories of the Colossus of Rhodes. Though the statue has become a symbol for the country as a whole, one state is lucky enough to have her in their harbor. The statue is made of copper, and was not originally green, but has become that color due to oxidation. Which state is home to Lady Liberty?
The Gateway Arch has become the symbol of the United States westward expansion due to this states importance in the Oregon Trail. Construction of the arch finished in 1965 and it stands 630 feet tall. It was designed by Eero Saarinen. The Arch stands on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is the tallest stainless steel monument in the world, and it was built to include a tram system that can take visitors to an observation deck. What state is home to the huge Gateway Arch?
Mesa Verde National Park
The Mesa Verde National Park contains 4,300 of the most well preserved Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States. The park was established in 1906. The sites were discovered by westerns in 1776 by Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante while looking for routes to Santa Fe. The park is also home to many natural wonders, though it is not a mesa at all, it is a cuesta which is a hill with many gentle slopes. What state is home to this archeological treasure?
Colonial Williamsburg is one of the first English settlements in the new world. The park is 301 acres of historic land and buildings, some restored, and some recreated. The area was first settled in 1699. The town is connected to Jamestown and Yorktown as part of the Historic Triangle of the state. People in period costumes help teach visitors the history of the area and introduce them to life in colonial times. Which state, referred to as the first colony is home to Colonial WIlliasburg?
Arches National Park
This National Park is known for its large arches and other geological wonders. It is home to 2000 natural occurring sandstone arches including the Delicate Arch. The arches have been occupied by humans since the last ice age, and examples of cave drawings can be found on walls in the park. It became a National Park in 1971. Arches National Park has the highest density of natural arches in the world. What state is home to all these geologic features?
This fort was built in 1829 after a need for a fortification was noticed during the war of 1812. The fort was incomplete in 1860 when this state succeeded from the Union. The fort entered the history books as the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War on April 12th, 1961. After the war, it would become an unmanned lighthouse. In 1966, the fort became a National Monument. Which state is home to this historically important fort?
Crater Lake National Park
Home to Crater Lake, it is famous for its deep blue color and clear water. it was formed in the collapsed Mount Mazama Valcono Calder over seven thousand years ago. The unique creation of this lake has no inlets or tributaries, and so the water is often some of the purest in the world. The two islands in the lake include Wizard Island which is a cinder cone from a past eruption. Which state is home to this unique body of water?
Seldom does a whole town become so entwined with an entire period of history as Dodge City has with the wild west. The town was part of the Chisholm Trail, which took cattle from Texas for distribution to the rest of the world. The city became home to many famous gunfighters, saloons, and gambling halls. Famous wild west figures like Doc Holiday, Bat Masterson, and Wyatt Earp all worked in Dodge at times. What state is home to this town made even more famous as the setting for the TV show Gunsmoke?
Wright Brothers Memorial
Though the Wright Brothers bicycle shop was located in Dayton Ohio, they brought their airplane design to another location to test its ability to fly. This state has a monument that stands on the beach where the historic first flight took place. At the memorial, there is a replica of the first hanger used by the brothers. The flight took place in 1903, and the monument was built in 1927. Which state was the site of the first powered flight, and now home to the Wright Brothers Memorial?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park was first explored in 1898 by teenager Jim White using homemade wire ladders. He was responsible for many of the names for the rooms and features in the park. The Park Contains 119 Caves but only three are open for tours. The Park is also home to seventeen species of bats. The park was established in 1930. The caves also include underground bodies of water like the Green Lake. What state is home to Carlsbad Caverns?
Denali National Park
This National Park is so large that it is bigger than Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Hamshire. The park is home to forest, mountains, tundra, and glaciers. It was established in 1917 near the center of this state and is the home of 84 archaeological sites, most of which were earlier human hunting camps. Though the park is very beautiful, it can be quite dangerous, seeing average low temperatures of -9 degrees F during its winter months. What cold weather state is home to this gorgeous park?
Pawnee Bill Ranch
Also known as Blue Hawk Peak Ranch, this was the home of Wild West performer Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie. It has 500 original building across 2000 acres of land. Pawnee Bill's show started in 1888 and become a success after an initially shaky start. The show hired many different preforms, including cowboys from other cultures. In 1908, Pawnee and Buffalo Bill merged shows into the Two Bills Show. The Ranch was built in 1910. Which state is home to the Pawnee Bill Ranch?
The Space Needle was built as an observation tower to celebrate the 1962 Wolrd's Fair. The event drew 2.3 million visitors to the state, and the Needle was the star of the show. This structure is 605 feet tall, and it is key to the skyline of this states biggest city. The Needle has an observation deck at 520 feet, and a restaurant at 500 feet. Just recently, plans for a rotating glass floor were announced called "The Loupe". Which state is home to the Space Needle?
This state is home to the National Historic Site where Abe lived from 1844 to 1861. The site includes the home and the four blocks surrounding it with a visitor center. This is the only home that was ever owned by the leader of the country, and during his time living there, he was elected to the House of Representatives and as U.S leader. The house was given to the state in 1887 with the stipulation that it remained well maintained and open to the public for free. What state is home to Lincolns house?
Civil Rights Memorial
This Memorial commemorates the 41 people who deceased securing equal and integrated rights for all people during the Civil Rights Movement. It was designed by Maya Lin and opened in 1989. The list of names included span from 1954, when the Supreme Court made school segregation illegal, to 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This state was at the center of many Civil Rights protest, so the memorial is within close proximity of other important Civil Rights historic sites. What state is home to this memorial center?
Yellowstone National Park
This National Park is part of three different States, but for all legal things, Yellowstone is under the jurisdiction of one state, that also happens to be the state that most of the park is located. Yellowstone is the first park in to gain the title, National Park. It was formed in 1872. It is known for its unique ecology and geology including the geyser Old Faithful. In fact, half of the world's geysers are located in the park. Which state hosts Yellowstone National Park?
This may be a little bit of a cheat, but this state is known for its piers and boardwalks, almost all of which include the name of the city where they are found. The state is known for its vacation and party towns though, having been host to a popular reality show were visitors from another state spend the summer partying at one of this states many beach towns. Can you name this state that is home to some of the most famous boardwalks in the world?
Old Slater Mill
The Slater Mill is the first water-powered commercial textile mills on the North America continent. The mill was completed in 1793. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and was the first property listed on that registry. The Mill is now part of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as of 2014. It was opened as a museum in 1955 and the mill was restored to its 1835 appearance. What state is home to Old Slater Miller?
Chimney Rock is a large formation that stands 300 feet above the rest of the surrounding landscape. It served as a landmark for the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon trail. The formation was first referred to as Chimney Rock in publication in 1827, but it was probably used much earlier. The site now features a visitor center that has exhibits about the pioneers and their trip west. What state is home to this very distinctive rock formation?
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The idea for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame started in 1983, but it would not find a permanent home until 1986. This state won the museum partial by citing the fact that a local DJ had coined the term Rock and Roll. The Hall of Fame was designed by I. M. Pei. Construction of the Hall finished in 1997. Though there have been some controversies about who makes it into the Hall of Fame, the building is still considered to be a must see by music fans. What state has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Little Bighorn Battlefield
This Battlefield commemorates the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn. It was where George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry fought and lost to a combined force of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho fighters. The location was the first burial city of Custer until he was reinterred in West Point Cemetery a year later. The site has had archaeological digs done in the 1980's. The site is still a cemetery for fighters on both sides who lost their lives in that battle. Which state is home to this somber memorial?
Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum was founded by Henry Ford in 1929. The Museum collects historical items from the industrial revolution as well as automotive history. Popular exhibits include the 1961 Continental that JFK was assassinated in, Thomas Edison's last breath sealed in a tube, the bus Rosa Park was arrested on, The Oscar Myer Winner Mobile and the rocking chair from Ford's Theatre where Abe was shot. What state is home to the Henery Ford Museum?
Canterbury Shaker Village
This historic village was first founded in 1792. It is one of the most intact and authentic surviving Shaker communities and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1993. The site has a museum, 25 original buildings, and a restaurant that serves traditional Shaker menus. The village is a reminder of the people that helped colonize the area. The last member of the community passed in 1992 at the age of 96. What state is home to the Canterbury Shaker Village?
The Shelburne Museum holds over 150,000 art and design works. Opened in 1947 the museum is famous for its folk art and quilts from early colonial times. One of its most unique exhibits is the waterfowl decoy collection. It also has a large assortment of paintings from all over the world. The museum was started by Electra Havemeyer Webb, who was one of the first to recognize the collectibility of decorative arts from the rural United States. Which state is home to this museum of colonial art?
This 2.5 mile walk is comprised of 16 locations that were significant to the history of the U.S. Going from the cities Common, all the way to the Bunker Hill Monument, this brick trail winds its way through the Old South Meeting House, Park Street Church, A Benjamin Franklin statue, the site of the Boston Massacre, the USS Constitution, The Old State House, and Paul Revers home. What state is home to this trail that shows the history of the Revolutionary War?
Acadia National Park
This park, established in 1916, includes all of Mount Desert Island, as well as much of Isle Au Haut, Baker Island, and a large portion of the coast of this state. It is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi in the United States and the only National Park in the Northeast United States. The land the park comprises was first written about by Samuel de Champlain in 1604. What state is home to this island and coastal National park?
Lambeau Field first opened in 1957 and has been the home of the Packers ever since. Known as New City Stadium for the first eight seasons, it was renamed after the Packers founder and longtime head coach Curly Lambeau. Known as the Shrine of Pro Football, and the Frozen Tundra. The field was built so that the city could keep its football team, as public pressure was building to move the team to a bigger city in the state. Which state is home to Lambeau Field?
The French Quarter
The French quarter is one of the oldest parts of the largest city in its state. It was founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718. Famous for its nightlife, parties, and Jazz music, this neighborhood has become synonyms with the celebration of Mardis Gras, especially Bourbon Street. The celebration can fall anywhere between February 2nd and March 9th. The event is marked with parades and parties throughout the area. What state is home to the French Quarter?
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system known in the world, and it is almost twice as long as the second longest cave system. The caves were used as a burial site for early humans, with many mummies being found there. The land was first surveyed and registered in 1798 by Valentine Simons, though two men claim to have found the cave in 1797. It wasn't until 1941 that the cave became a National Park. Which state is home to Mammoth Cave?
Mall of America
This mall was opened in 1992 and is almost as much a theme park as it is a mall. It is four stories tall and contains over 500 storefronts. The mall includes the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park with roller coasters and other rides and a large sea life aquarium. It also has an 18 hole miniature golf course. The mall was at one time the largest mall in the U.S. but has lost that title in recent years. What state is home to this giant mall that announced an expansion in 2018 that will put it back on top?
Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains. It is the home to a spruce-fir forest filled with black bears, elk, deer, bobcats, and salamanders. The name Smoky comes from the fog that often hangs over the range in what appears to be large smoke plumes. The region was slated to become a National Park, but most of the land was already owned by private citizens, unlike earlier National Parks. It didn't become a National Park in 1934 when all the land could be bought. What state is home to this National Park?
John Wayne Birthplace and Muesum
This state is the birthplace of actor John Wayne and now houses a museum in his honor. He was born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907. He would earn his nickname, "The Duke" from his family dog, an Airedale Terrier with the same name, which he preferred to Marion. John Wayne would go on to star in 142 movies. This museum celebrates the life and work of one of the states most famous sons. Which state can you find the boyhood home of "The Duke"?
Mount Rushmore features the faces of four former leaders carved into the Black Hills Mountains. Construction of the monument began in 1927, and it was ended in 1941. The heads are 60 feet tall and are seen by two million visitors yearly. The original design featured more of the leaders' bodies, but funding issues made the team focus on the faces. What state is home to Mount Rushmore?
Uss Arizona Memorial
Located in the lagoon at Pearl Harbor, this Memorial of the sunken USS Arizona commemorates the attack that plunged the United States into the Second World War. The memorial was built in 1962 and is only accessible by boat from Pearl Harbor. The memorial is 184 feet long and has two peaks at each end with a sag in the center. Oil slicks can still be seen coming from the sunken ship. What state is home to the Uss Arizona Memorial?
Though this is far from the most flashy landmark in this state, it is one of the most important engineering achievements of the 1900's. Built between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. It was originally named Boulder Dam but was renamed after Herbert Hoover in 1947. The dam spans the Colorado River and it creates Lake Mead. The dam produced up to 10 TWh at its peak in 1984, but dropping water levels have led to concern about future energy production. Which state is home to the Hoover Dam?
Fort McHenry secured its place in history during the battle of 1812 when a Washington lawyer, Francis Scott Key, witnessed the bombardment of the fort and saw the flag still flying in defiance of the British assault. He wrote the poem Defence of Fort M'henry, which was later put to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, and renamed The Star-Spangled Banner. This would become the national anthem for the United States. What state is home to the fort that inspired the national anthem?
World of Coca-Cola
This museum dedicated to Coca-Cola original opened in 1990, but changed locations and reopened in 2007. Coca-Cola was created in this state by John Pemberton originally as a medicine to help those addicted to morphine. Over time the company evolved into one of the largest companies in the world. They have influenced marketing and even Santa Clause's uniform. The museum shows guest all the stages of the soda and the company. What state is the home to the World of Coca-Cola?
The JFK Space Center first opened in 1962 and has been the launch site for the Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle Programs. It has also launched the Constellation. The Center is home to a large NASA space museum that allows visitors to experience simulations of takeoffs, and see tools used in outer space by astronauts. Visitors have been able to attended space launches since the facility opened, and the center is always busiest around a launch. What state is home to the Kennedy Space Center?
The Kalmar Nyckel
Sometimes referred to as this states Mayflower, this ship brought Swedish settlers to the new word in 1638 to settle the area that would become this state. The original ship was used until 1652 when it was sunk off the coast of Scotland during the First Anglo-Dutch War. In 1997, a replica of this ship was launched and can now be visited by touristS. The new replica ship has become the official symbol of which state, often called the "First State"?
Lost World Caverns
The Lost World Caverns were first called the Grapevine Cave. Local farmers were known to dump deceased livestock in it. In the 1960's, the cave was surveyed and found to be over a mile long with many interconnected passages. It goes as far as 245 feet underground. The entrance was dug out and now walking tours are given into the caves. There are many stalagmites and stalactites, including the War Club which stands 28 feet off the ground. Which state is home to Lost Wolrd Caverns?
This large maritime museum houses a large collection of sailing ships and even shows off a recreation of a 19th-century seafaring village. It is home to 60 historic buildings and takes up 19 acres. The museum was established in 1929. Vistors can see 16 different historic sailing vessels, with the oldest ship dating back to 1841. The seaport has classes to teach people how to sail and there is a music festival held in June. Which state is home to the Mystic Seaport?
Golden Gate Bridge
This Suspension bridge is 1.7 miles long, 746 feet tall, and 90 feet wide, with a span of 4,200 feet. It is considered one of the Wonders of the Modern World. It was built between 1933 and 1937, and when it was opened, it was the longest and tallest bridge in the world. Images of the bridge have been used in many movies and TV shows, because of its iconic nature. What state is home to this modern marvel of engineering?
Some states become known for past times. Cooperstown New York is baseball, Canton Ohio is football, and this state is known for its basketball history. The home of Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Jon Wooden, the state is steeped in its basketball tradition. The Hoosier Gym was a high school basketball gym that became the central location for the movie Hoosiers. It has since added a museum and it hosts more than 80 high school games annually. What state is home to this world-famous gym?
Vicksburg National Military Park
The Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg. It includes reconstructed forts and trenches that help bring the 47-day siege to life for visitors to the park. The park has 1,325 historic monuments and markers including cannons, The USS Cairo a restored gunboat from the period, and Grant's Canal site where a failed canal was attempted to change the flow of the river. 10 battles of the Civil War were fought at this site. What state is home to this battleground and National Military Park?
Ozark Folk Center
This center was founded in 1962 to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Ozark Mountains. 30 crafters and musicians formed the first guild and now the area is known as the Folk Music Capital of the World. The center offers an opportunity to watch artisans at work, and they even have classes for making baskets, brooms, ironwork, pottery, knives, weavings, quilts, carvings, soap, and candles. What state is home to this center which keeps the history of the Ozarks alive?
The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous natural wonders in the United States. It was formed by the Colorado River, and it is one of the biggest canyons in the world. The area was considered holy by some of the native people, and the first European to record information about seeing it was Garcia Lopez de Cardenas in 1540. Vistors can hike all the way down into the canyon. The Grand Canyon was made a National Park in 1919. Which state is home to this breathtaking canyon?
This bell was once located at Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution were drafted and signed. The Bell was actually not made famous until 1830 when it was adopted as the symbol of abolitionist societies, where it got its name. There is no official record of when the bell cracked, but one story was that it cracked while ringing for the passing of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1847. Which State is home to the Liberty Bell?
This mission was founded by the Spanish in 1718 but the mission would be secularized and abounded in 1793. It was used as a fort by a few groups before becoming famous in 1836 when the Battle of the Alamo was fought there. Though the state army would lose the battle, the fort became a rallying cry for the revolution. This state would win the war in less than two months after the battle. What state is home to the Alamo?
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established in 1978, and named in honor of the leader that did so much toward establishing the National Parks System. The park is comprised of the Elkhorn Ranch, which is located in the area where the Badlands meet the Great Plains. Visitors to the park can see Hoodoo Rock, and large populations of wildlife like bison, horses, golden eagles, prairie dogs, and elk. What state is home to this National Park that celebrates its Badlands region?
This center dedicated to the life of Sacajawea, who helped guide Lewis and Clark on their expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. The center has a 71-acre park and it is located near the birthplace of the Agai'dika Shoshone-Bannock guide. She would live in this state until she was kidnapped at 12 years old by the Hidatsa. There are hands-on educational opportunities that show what life would have been like for natives of the region, and many exhibits about the expedition that helped make Sacajawea famous. What state is home to this guides cultural center?