In a country of 3.8 million square miles and with a population of 326 million... it's truly amazing just how different and varied the people and the states can be. Whether it's a state's main export(s) or its geography, or the sights and attractions... they're as contrasting as night and day. On the south-eastern coast (in Florida) the average temperature ranges anywhere from 72 - 78 degrees, while only 1000 miles north, the average temperature ranges around 51 - 55 degrees. In the southwest, exports vary from citrus to coal to seafood; in the southeast, major exports vary from ores and minerals to wheat to meat and vegetables.
Each of the fifty states are diverse in their people, their individual cultures, and their traditions. While some regions are more about the hustle and bustle, others are a bit more of the leisurely and laid back atmosphere. Perhaps that's why so many find their road trips and their vacations inside the U.S. so fascinating. It seems that from the east coast to the west and from the southern coast to the north, there's never a shortage of sights to see and lands to explore. That's what this quiz is predominantly about. The fifty states (okay, really only 30 of them) and the things that make them so different, yet also so familiar. Some could call this a geographical quiz, sure, but, it's also about what makes each state so memorable. So, don't worry about a thinking cap, don't worry about a time limit, and there's certainly no need for a No. 2 pencil! Just scroll down and give it a shot. No matter what the score is at the end, everybody gets an "A" for effort!
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Citrus, Disney World, The Keys
Sun and sand... what a beautiful combination! This southern peninsula state is nicknamed the "sunshine state" and is also 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!
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Wheat, Sunflower State, Topeka
This state, nicknamed the "sunflower state" was actually part of the Louisiana Purchase. It consists mostly of flat lands. 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 and/or Superman, is also supposed to be located here.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Potatoes, Boise, Gem State
Yes, even the state license plates here say, "famous potatoes!" Of course, that's not the only thing this region is known for. It's also 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Coal, Appalachian Mountains, Charleston
While this particular state is mostly known for its coal production and exportation, 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 state is known as the northernmost southern state, while also being known at the same time as the southernmost northern state in the country.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Cheese, Green Bay Packers, Harley Davidson Motorcycles
The largest city here is Milwaukee, with a population of nearly 600,000 people. This state is also unique in that its home to the beloved Green Bay Packers football team 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Disney Land, Hollywood, Beverly Hills
This Western state 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, the 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 glamorous Beverly Hills.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Detroit, Motown, Auto Industry
Known as the center of the U.S. Automotive Industry, and the third leading grower of Christmas trees, this state is home to such great 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Space Needle, Starbucks, Seattle
This metropolitan area is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, all of which make up thousands of acres of U.S. 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Crabcakes, Annapolis, Baltimore Orioles
With a population of just over 6 million, this eastern state was one of the original thirteen colonies. The capital city of Annapolis is also home to the famous U.S. Naval Academy. Located near the beautiful 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 also the birthplace of Major League Baseball legend Babe Ruth.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Nashville, Memphis, 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 good ol' blue jeans, rather than getting "all dolled up." Some of the more popular places to see are the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and The Grand Ole Opry.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Pine Trees, Stephen King, Augusta
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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Northern Lights, Glaciers, King 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. Its 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. Where else, in this great country, can someone literally stand on top of a glacier and watch the aurora borealis?!
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Dallas Cowboys, Rodeos, The Alamo
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. Especially when stopping by to get a grand look at The Alamo, one of the state's most historical attractions!
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Hershey's Chocolate, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia
Hmmm... can anyone guess what they make here? Yes! Chocolate! In fact, there's an entire city named Hershey! There's a theme park 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Seals, Hazelnuts, Salem
The coastline of this western state is some of the most beautiful in the country. In fact, one of its greatest 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 seals and 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Atlanta Braves, Peaches, Peanuts
Many states are famous for 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 have been singing about what a great place it is for years. 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Corn, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids Titans
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 number one when it comes to exportation. 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Chicago Bears, Sears Tower, Chicago Cubs
First of all, people always want to know why Chicago is known as the "windy city?" Most people assume that it earned its nickname from all the chilly wind 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 coming 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Crawfish, Jazz, Mardi Gras
Although the seafood and the music are both legendary in this state, what it's most well known for is its 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' 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Pineapples, The Hula, Grass Skirts
This beautiful little chain of islands is greatly known for its waterfalls and multicolored sands (yes, literally ... gold, red, black, and even green colored sand)! 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 its natural environment.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Yankees
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. Residents claim that people get bit by the NYC bug. And why not?! There's so much to do ... there's the view from Rockefeller Center, 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 serenity that comes from just sitting in Central Park.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Las Vegas, Reno, Hoover Dam
Nowhere are glitz and glitter more apparent than on the Las Vegas strip. This city 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: St. Louis Arch, Branson, Jefferson City
This state is located in the midwestern region of the country. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City, near the center of the state, along the river. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Mississippi River forms the eastern border of the state.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Horse Race(s), Fried Chicken, Bluegrass State
Every year, during the first weekend in May, our country 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, or the local Quaker communities.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: First in Flight, Tarheels, Duke University
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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Denver Broncos, Boulder, Ski Resorts
For people who admire a hearty mix of epic, yet 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 of the reasons that nearly 16.5 million people come to visit every single 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Land of 1,000 Lakes, St. Paul, The Vikings
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 wide 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 would-be residents and tourists alike.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, The Phoenix Suns
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 shoot-out! 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.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Yellowstone National Park, Cheyenne, Equality State
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. This state offers an invigorating view into authentic western life.
GUESS FROM THESE CLUES: Badlands National Park, Sioux Falls, Coyote State
The eastern region of this state is home to most of the state's population, and the area's fertile soil is used to growing a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains are in the southwest part of the state. This state has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. The state's ecology features species typical of a North American grassland.