Can You Guess the U.S. State When Given The States Bordering It?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

There are 48 states in the continental U.S. that share at least one land border with another state. What do you know about American geography? Find out by taking this quiz.

Oregon, Nevada and Arizona border which state?

“California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.” ― Don DeLillo, "White Noise"

Alabama and Georgia border which state?

Many people consider Florida to be a retirement state. Retirement is one of the top drivers of the state’s economy. Not surprisingly, the state song of Florida is “Swanee River (Old Folks at Home).”

Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey border which state?

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes.” –Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead"

Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico border which state?

The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington is the oldest wooden carousel in the United States. It was built in 1905 and still has its original paint.

New Hampshire is the only state that borders which other state?

“My grandfather once told her if you couldn't read with cold feet, there wouldn't be a literate soul in the state of Maine.” –Marilynne Robinson, "Gilead"

Which states share a land border with Washington?

Washington produces more red raspberries, pears, apples and sweet cherries than any other state. It is also one of the country’s biggest producers of plywood and lumber.

Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont border which state?

“Poor dull Concord. Nothing colorful has come through here since the Redcoats.” –Louisa May Alcott

Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire border which state?

Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the 13 original colonies. It became a state in 1791.

California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah border which state?

“He'd always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite.” ― Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin border which state?

The Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957 and connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It took three years to complete.

Which states share a land border with South Carolina?

“Do you want to go back to Vienna… Or we could go somewhere else,” said Magnus. “Anywhere you want. Thailand, South Carolina, Brazil, Peru – Oh, wait, no, I’m banned from Peru. I’d forgotten about that. It’s a long story, but amusing if you want to hear it.” ― Cassandra Clare, "City of Fallen Angels"

Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah border which state?

Between 1951 and 1992, the Nevada nuclear test site (just west of Las Vegas) conducted 928 nuclear tests. The federal government owns about 86% of Nevada’s land.

Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota border which state?

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love.” –John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley: In Search of America

California, Idaho, Nevada and Washington border which state?

Portland has the distinction of being the home of the only leprechaun colony this side of Ireland. WWII Veteran Dick Fagan was a journalist who took an unfilled light-post hole, planted flowers in it, and designated the invisible leprechaun, Peter O’Toole, as its curator. It was recognized as a city park in 1976 and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest park, at two square feet.

South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia border which state?

“’This isn't barbecue,’ Emily said. 'Barbecue is hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill.’ Vance laughed... ‘Ha! Blasphemy! In North Carolina, barbecue means pork, child. Hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill- that's called, “cooking out” around here,’ he explained with sudden enthusiasm.” –Sarah Addison Allen, "The Girl Who Chased the Moon"

Which states share a land border with Wyoming?

In 1869, Wyoming territory was the first in the United States to grant women the right to vote. They elected the first female governor in 1925, when Nellie Tayloe Ross’ husband died and she was elected to finish his term.

Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina border which state?

“I am not a Virginian, but an American.” –Patrick Henry

Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado border which state?

Utah is one of the few states to allow death-row prisoners to choose to die by firing squad. Its last execution by firing squad occurred in 2010.

Which states share a land border with Texas?

“The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.” ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama border which state?

Tennessee is called the Volunteer State, not because of its devotion to public service, but because of the number of volunteers who fought in the War of 1812 (20,000) and the Mexican-American War (30,000). Although Tennessee seceded from the Union in 1861, it was one of the first states to rejoin, in 1866.

Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware border which state?

“At the University of Maryland, my first year, I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design. But at that particular college, the advertising, art, costume design, interior design layout—all of that stuff was part of Home Ec for some strange reason… And puppetry was a course that was given there that was also in Home Ec.” –Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets

Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska border which state?

South Dakota contains the famous Mount Rushmore and still incomplete, but ambitious, Crazy Horse Memorial (which receives no federal funds). Other famous landmarks include Badlands National Park, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead and Living Prairie, the Geographical Center of the Nation, and the Mammoth (fossil dig) Site of Hot Springs.

Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas border which state?

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.” ― Willa Cather, "Death Comes for the Archbishop"

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia border which state?

William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania Colony, died in 1718, before the United States was formed. In 1984, the state’s namesake and his wife were given honorary U.S. citizenship in honor of their historical contributions to the United States.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin border which state?

“Two- to four-finger waves are commonly used between fast-moving vehicles, but the nicely executed single-finger wave is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. To me, it perfectly sums up the Minnesota character that I love so much. The finger wave from the steering wheel: when you get it right, you'll know you've arrived and you don't ever have to leave again if you don't want to.” ― Howard Mohr, How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide

Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin border which state?

The highest point in the state of Illinois is just 1,235 feet above sea level. Named “Charles Mound,” it happens to be in a family driveway. The owners set up lawn chairs and open to visitors a few weekends every year.

Which states share a land border with Louisiana?

“One of these days, the people of Louisiana are going to get a good government—and they aren’t going to like it." –Huey Long, governor of Louisiana, 1928-1932

Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky border which state?

Seven American presidents were born in Ohio: Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Harding. William Henry Harrison settled in Ohio, but he was originally born in Virginia.

Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan border which state?

“One time we played a concert in Antwerp, Belgium. At least I thought it was Antwerp, Belgium. Turns out it was a Stop-N-Shop in Wisconsin somewhere, but it was fun man.” –Slash, Guns N' Roses

Which states share a land border with Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U. S. A. Its nickname is the Ocean State because it has more than 400 miles of coastline. All Rhode Island residents live with a half-hour drive of either the Atlantic Ocean or Narragansett Bay.

Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania border which state?

“One man may shoot himself in the forehead with a .38 and wake up in the hospital. Another may shoot himself in the forehead with a .22 and wake up in hell...if there is such a place. I tend to believe it's here on earth, possibly in New Jersey." –Stephen King, "Skeleton Crew"

Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont border which state?

The Old Man of the Mountain was a rock formation in the White Mountains that resembled a man’s profile when viewed from the north. Although conservation efforts kept the silhouette intact for almost 100 years, it finally fell on May 3, 2003. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Great Stone Face,” was inspired by the formation.

Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri border which state?

“I never in my life seen a Kentuckian who didn’t have a gun, a pack of cards, and a jug of whiskey.” –Andrew Jackson. Spoken when 2,300 Kentucky militiamen showed up to aid him at the Battle of New Orleans (1815) and many of them were unarmed.

Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida border which state?

When Georgia was a part of the Confederate States, a relief sculpture of Davis, Jackson and Lee was created on Stone Mountain, similar to the carvings on Mount Rushmore. Georgia was founded by James Ogelthorpe to create a refuge for London’s indebted prisoners.

Which states share a land border with Mississippi?

“As she drove the Trace, each curve revealing a scene rich with life and as picturesque as illustrations from a children's book, Anna was struck again by the beauty of the state. Over her years as a Yankee and a Westerner, she'd heard Mississippi described many ways. Beautiful had never been one of them.” –Nevada Barr, "Deep South"

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