Can You Ace This US Geography Quiz?


By: Stella Alexander

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"Oh, beautiful for spacious skies! For amber waves of grain." While "America the Beautiful" isn't the national anthem, it definitely speaks true to the geography of the United States. A diverse region, the United States is the third largest country in the world with thousands of cities, states, landmarks and bodies of water that attribute to its landscape. From its bordering oceans to its narrow rivers, can you pass the toughest U.S. geography quiz of all time?

As the third largest country, one could expect that the geography of the United States varies greatly. While temperatures in Alaska can easily fall in the negatives, it comes as no shock when temperatures in Death Valley reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. One could witness the dry deserts of Nevada and then travel to Florida to visit the tropical wetlands of the Everglades. There's a lot more to U.S. geography than just states and capitals, but even that can sometimes get tricky. Identifying capitals like Atlanta for Georgia and Denver for Colorado might be easy, but what about the capitals for states like Maine, Nebraska and Washington? From the arctic regions of Alaska to the tips of Florida, can you score at least 29/35 on the toughest U.S. geography quiz? Let's find out!

Yellowstone National Park spans the borders of three states. Which of the following is not one of them?

Yellowstone National Park is one of the gems within the United States. As the first national park in the United States, it also spans a large region, falling along the borders of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.


If it is 10 a.m. in New York, what time is it in Hawaii?

New York falls within the Eastern Time Zone, while Hawaii has its own time zone. These areas are six hours apart meaning that if it is 10 a.m. in New York, it would be 4 a.m. in Hawaii.


What time zone does Michigan fall in?

Michigan is one of the last states traveling West that is in the Eastern Time Zone. Indiana, which is south of Michigan, has portions of its land that fall within both the Eastern and Central Time Zone.


What is the longest U.S. river?

The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States at 2341 miles long, just 21 longer than the Mississippi River.


The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico through which state?

The Mississippi is the second longest river in the United States. It flows along the border of or through the following states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico


New York City, the largest and most populous city in the United States, is made up of five boroughs. Which of the following is not one of them?

New York City's five boroughs are Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Long Island is made up of Queens and Brooklyn regions as well as other counties, but it is not one of the five boroughs.


North, South, East, West. How many states have a cardinal direction in their name?

There are 5 U.S. states that have a cardinal direction in their name. There's North and South Carolina, North and South Dakota, and don't forget West Virginia!


What is the capital of Texas?

Many people often get confused about Texas's capital because the state has many large cities. Don't be mistaken! While Dallas and Houston are two MAJOR cities, Texas's capital is Austin!


Which of the following states shares a border with Maine?

Maine is one of the only states that shares a border with just one state. Its only U.S. border is with New Hampshire.


The "Four Corners Monument" is the only place in the United States where four states meet. In which region can you find it?

While its reason might seem a bit silly, the Four Corners Monument is to recognize the four U.S. states that meet.


What is the tallest building in the United States?

One World Trade Center was built in 2014 to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The building stands at 1776 feet. This number is used because it is the year that the United States declared independence to become its own.


Which state has the largest population?

California is the most populous state with a population upward of 39 million.


This state is known for its high population of Mormons.

Mormons belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Utah is known for having the largest Mormon population with in the United States.


Which of the following states has a capital that is six letters long?

Kansas is the only listed state whose capital is six letters long. Georgia, Illinois, and New Jersey's capitals are Atlanta, Springfield, and Trenton, respectively. Kansas' capital is Topeka.


While the U.S. is said to have 16 territories, how many of them are permanently inhabited?

The U.S. only has five territories that are permanently inhabited. They range from the Caribbean to the southern Pacific Ocean.


A peninsula is "a piece of land almost surrounded by water." Which of the following states is a well-known peninsula?

Florida is the only state that is considered a peninsula while Michigan is often referred to as a "bi-peninsula."


Which of the following is not one of the United States inhabited territories?

Out of its 16 territories, there are only 5 that are permanently inhabited. They are: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.


Which of the Great Lakes is found entirely within the United States border?

The Great Lakes are a group of northern lakes that the United States shares with Canada. While Huron, Ontario, Erie and Superior all cross the border between Canada and the United States, Lake Michigan is fully within the U.S. border.


Where would you find Mount Rushmore?

Mount Rushmore is the popular landmark where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln's faces are carved into. It can be found in Keystone, South Dakota.


How many time zones are on the mainland United States?

There are 4 time zones on mainland United States: Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern.


How many states border Mexico?

There are four states that share a border with Mexico: California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.


Which of the following is not a Four Corners state?

The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states come in contact with each other. The Four Corner states are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.


There are just 55 miles of water separating the land between Alaska and Russia. What body of water is this?

Alaska's land is the westernmost area of the United States. The country lies very close to Russia, separated by the Bering Strait.


The Grand Canyon naturally formed around which river?

The Grand Canyon is considered one of the United States' natural marvels. The canyon naturally formed around the Colorado River.


Which of the following states doesn't share a border with the Gulf of Mexico?

The Gulf of Mexico is a body of water that is found south of the United States and East of Mexico. It shares a order with Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.


We don't like old things, but new! How many U.S. states have "New" at the beginning of their name?

There are four US states with "New" in their name, three in the Northeast, and one in the Southwest. They are: New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.


How many states border Canada?

There are 13 US states that share a border with Canada. They are: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


What is the largest state?

Alaska is the largest state of the United States. It is approximately 663,300 square miles.


While this state is officially the "Keystone State," it has also been known as the Quaker State.

Pennsylvania became known as the Quaker State because of its founder, William Penn, who was a Quaker.


In which state would you find the Aleutian Islands?

The Aleutian Islands are part of Alaska. Since they fall between the International Date Line, these islands are actually the westernmost point of the United States.


The Finger Lakes are a group of long, narrow rivers located in New York. How many are there?

The Finger Lakes are located in Central New York near the Rochester/Ithaca region. There are 11 lakes: Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco.


The tallest mountain in the United States is Mt. McKinley. It also goes by what name?

Mt. McKinley is the tallest point in the United States at over 20,000 feet tall. It is now referred to as Denali, the name that the native Koyukon people call the mountain.


Which of the following state capitals doesn't match up?

Don't get tricked by this question! While many like to believe a state's largest is its capital, that's rarely true! The only capital that doesn't match up in this question is Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada's capital is Carson City.


There is only one state whose capital is made of three words. Which state is it?

Utah is the only state whose capital is comprised of three words. If you didn't already know it, Utah's capital is Salt Lake City!


When it comes to the Top 10 tallest buildings in the country, 8 of them are divided between two cities. Which cities are they?

New York City and Chicago each have four of the tallest buildings in America. This list includes One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, Empire State Building and the Aon Center.


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