Do You Know the Nicknames of these U.S. Cities?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Think you know the United States like the back of your hand? How about famous city nicknames? Take this quiz now to see how much you know about these nationwide monikers!

New York City is also known as...

The term big apple existed prior to its association with New York City. It was New York Convention and Visitors Bureau president Charles Gillett who turned it into a tourism campaign in the 1920s.

People tend to call Las Vegas...

Las Vegas earned its nickname, "Sin City," due to the various vices to which it caters - including gambling, sex, drugs and organized crime.

Follow signs for the ________ to get to Los Angeles!

City of Angels is partially based on its literal translation from Spanish meaning "the angels." LA is the 2nd most populated city in the United States.

New Orleans is known as The Big _______.

New Orleans earned its nickname from the film, "The Big Easy." The film was set and shot in New Orleans and starred Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin and Ned Beatty.

Anyone in Philadelphia will tell you that you've reached the City of _________.

The City of Brotherly Love is a direct translation of the word Philadelphia from its original Greek language.

Those traveling to Detroit will soon find themselves in the ________.

Detroit is the 21st most populated city in the United States. The Motor City is approximately 143 square miles large.

Bienvenidos a Miami, also known as _________ City!

Miami is nicknamed Magic City because it is believed to have been established overnight. It is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Pittsburgh, the _________, welcomes you!

Iron City isn't the only one, though. Pittsburgh has a number of nicknames, including The Steel City, The Smoky City, The City of Bridges and The Burgh.

If you're looking for the BBQ Capital of the World, be sure to head to...

Memphis is also known as The Bluff City and Blues City. It sits on the southwestern corner of the state of Tennessee.

Seattle has been known as the __________ since 1982.

Seattle, Washington was previously nicknamed Queen City, but after a contest was held in 1981, it changed to Emerald City, referencing the lush evergreen forests in the area.

You might be feeling hungry in Boston with this nickname...

Boston, Massachusetts, population 673.184, is named after a town and small port in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of England.

Hold on to your hat in Chicago, the ______ City.

Though most popular as the Windy City, Chicago is also known as The City That Works, Chi-Town and City in a Garden! It is the 3rd most populous city in the United States.

Travel to Portland, OR, and you'll be entering _________.

Portland residents have NBA announcer Bill Schonely to thank for their nickname. Schonely got so excited during a Trail Blazers game, he exclaimed, "Rip City! All right!" and the name stuck ever since.

Welcome to San Francisco, or as some like to call it, _______!

Also known as Fog City, Golden City and The City by the Bay, San Francisco is Spanish for Saint Francis. The city is named for St. Francis of Assisi.

If you find yourself in ______ City, you've reached Baltimore!

Also known as the Crab Cake Capital of the World, Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland. The city was founded in 1729.

Entering Dallas, The ________!

Dallas, Texas, was incorporated on February 2, 1856. The city is more than 385 square miles large.

Denver, Colorado, is known as the ______ High City.

Denver is the capital and most populous city in the state of Colorado. Its elevation is one mile above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States.

Welcome to Houston, also known as _________.

Space City is Houston's official nickname. It refers to the city's global importance to space exploration and the center of activity for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Welcome to Atlanta, or as some weather enthusiasts like to call it...

Atlanta, or ATL, earned the nickname Hotlanta for its frequent muggy weather conditions. The original spelling Hot 'Lanta was first popularized by the Allman Brothers Band.

Austin, Texas, is known as the ___________ Capital of the World.

Austin, Texas, is the 11th most populous city in the United States! It is also the home of Lady Bird Lake.

Hollywood, California, home of the film industry, is known as _________.

Hollywood became part of the city of Los Angeles in 1910. Real estate developer H.J. Whitley is known as the "Father of Hollywood."

Things are feeling a little spooky in Roswell, New Mexico, the _______ Capital of the World.

Roswell became known as the Alien Capital of the World following an alleged UFO crash. Many tourists now come to Roswell to explore the many alien-themed attractions and restaurants.

There is a welcome sign in Reno, Nevada proclaiming it the ___________.

Reno is located in the northwest area of the state of Nevada and is the birthplace of Harrah's Entertainment. It is about 22 miles from Lake Tahoe.

Aloha, and welcome to Honolulu, the _________!

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the state of Hawaii. It is the westernmost major US city.

Travel to San Antonio, Texas, and you'll be entering _________.

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States. It is also known as the River City, Military City USA and Countdown City.

Time for a nice cold one in Milwaukee, also known as ________.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The name Milwaukee comes from the Algonquian word Millioke, meaning "Good," "Beautiful" and "Pleasant Land."

If you find yourself in Minneapolis, you've entered the City of _______.

Minneapolis was founded by John H. Stevens and Franklin Steele. It was incorporated in 1867 and earned the nickname City of Lakes because of its 13 lakes, and other areas of water.

In 1982, the City of Key West, Florida, declared themselves a new tongue-in-cheek nation known as __________.

The Conch Republic even celebrates its own Independence Day every April 23rd. The founding "Prime Minister" was Dennis Wardlow.

Come to Salem, Massachusetts, and enter ________ City.

Salem, Massachusetts, is located on the north shore of the state. It was home to the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 as featured in "The Crucible."

Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri, the ________.

St. Louis was founded in 1764. It is home to the Gateway Arch which was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States.

A visit to Louisville, also known as ___________, will have you donning your Sunday best.

The Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports, is run annually on the first Saturday in May. It was inaugurated in 1875.

Welcome to Akron, Ohio, the _________ City.

The city of Akron because known as the Rubber Capital of the World in the early 1900s. Four major tire companies opened headquarters there, including Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and General Tire.

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em in Tampa, the ______.

In 1885, the Tampa Board of Trade convinced Vincente Martinez Ybor to move his cigar manufacturing operations from Key West to Tampa. This helped improve the import of Cuban cigars into the early 1900s.

Take those old records off the shelf in Cleveland, Ohio, the _________ Capital of the World.

Cleveland, Ohio, is home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown on East Ninth Street.

Welcome to Pasadena, California, the one and only ________.

The Tournament of Roses Parade, or simply, the Rose Parade, is held each year on New Year's Day with plenty of rose-covered floats, marching bands and equestrian units. The Rose Bowl college football game is played after the parade.

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