QUIZ: This US Geography Quiz Will Stump Even Frequent Travelers

The United States of America is loaded with astonishing spots. From the buzzing capitals of each state to the most breathtaking National Parks on the planet, America has no shortage of destinations to explore. So, take this quiz that even the most frequent travelers might find difficult to pass.

The United States of America is loaded with astonishing spots. From the buzzing capitals of each state to the most breathtaking National Parks on the planet, America has no shortage of destinations to explore. So, take this quiz that even the most frequent travelers might find difficult to pass.

What 2,320-mile-long river begins in Lake Itasca in Minnesota and ends on the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico?

  • Mississippi River
  • Missouri River
  • Rock River
  • Columbia River

The Mississippi River is perhaps the longest waterway in the United States and is a significant topographical milestone. It goes through or along 10 states and was an essential exchange and transportation route in U.S. history.

The Mississippi River is perhaps the longest waterway in the United States and is a significant topographical milestone. It goes through or along 10 states and was an essential exchange and transportation route in U.S. history.

This capital city is the smallest and is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and the oldest capital building in the country:

  • Dover, DE
  • Providence, RI
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Annapolis, MD

Annapolis is less than 7 square miles in area. Its historic district includes spots like the 1700s Maryland State House, a naval history museum and a collection of 18th century brick houses.

Annapolis is less than 7 square miles in area. Its historic district includes spots like the 1700s Maryland State House, a naval history museum and a collection of 18th century brick houses.

What is the longest river in the U.S.?

  • Missouri River
  • Washington River
  • Mississippi River
  • Jefferson River

The Missouri River starts in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana and twists east and south for 2,341 miles before getting together with the Mississippi River in Missouri.

The Missouri River starts in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana and twists east and south for 2,341 miles before getting together with the Mississippi River in Missouri.

Which state offers the most coastline?

  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • Alaska
  • Georgia

The 49th state of the U.S. offers about 33,904 miles of coastline. It also happens to be one of two other U.S. states that is not bordered by another. Spoiler alert! Hawaii is the other one.

The 49th state of the U.S. offers about 33,904 miles of coastline. It also happens to be one of two other U.S. states that is not bordered by another. Spoiler alert! Hawaii is the other one.

What is the name of the river that the Hoover Dam was built across?

  • Colorado River
  • Au Sable River
  • Missouri River
  • Mississippi River

The 1,450-mile-long river drains a broad, bone-dry watershed that includes portions of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. And the massive concrete dam was built on the Colorado River itself.

The 1,450-mile-long river drains a broad, bone-dry watershed that includes portions of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. And the massive concrete dam was built on the Colorado River itself.

Which of the following is the actual name of a mountain range in the eastern U.S.?

  • Rocky Mountains
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Cascade Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains are a significant topographical element in the eastern United States. Mount Mitchell is the most noteworthy with a height of 6,684 feet.

The Appalachian Mountains are a significant topographical element in the eastern United States. Mount Mitchell is the most noteworthy with a height of 6,684 feet.

Which state is the furthest west?

  • Texas
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Alaska

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are a chain of 55 smaller islands and 14 large volcanic islands that are so far west that the separation between the United States and Russia was once about 2.5 miles.

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are a chain of 55 smaller islands and 14 large volcanic islands that are so far west that the separation between the United States and Russia was once about 2.5 miles.

Once upon a time, this capital city was co-capital of its state with the city of New Haven.

  • Providence, RI
  • Hartford, CT
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Dover, DE

Hartford and New Haven shared the spotlight between 1701 and 1875. But in 1875, Hartford became Connecticut’s sole capital. Hartford is also home to the Mark Twain House and Museum.

Hartford and New Haven shared the spotlight between 1701 and 1875. But in 1875, Hartford became Connecticut’s sole capital. Hartford is also home to the Mark Twain House and Museum.

Which state puts the slogan “First in Flight” on their license plates?

  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alaska
  • Michigan

North Carolina was the state where Wright Brothers Orville and Wilbur invented, built and flew the first motor-operated plane in 1903, hence why they put that slogan on their license plates.

North Carolina was the state where Wright Brothers Orville and Wilbur invented, built and flew the first motor-operated plane in 1903, hence why they put that slogan on their license plates.

This city became the capital of its state in 1910, which makes it a capital newbie compared to other cities.

  • Pierre, SD
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Bismarck, ND
  • Lincoln, NE

Known for its cowboy culture and working oil wells, Oklahoma City is the last city to become a capital. But Juneau, AK comes in close second as it became a capital city in 1906.

Known for its cowboy culture and working oil wells, Oklahoma City is the last city to become a capital. But Juneau, AK comes in close second as it became a capital city in 1906.

What is the body of water that fringes the U.S. west coast called?

  • West Coast Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • California Ocean

The Pacific Ocean fringes the United States' west coast. The coastline extends north to Alaska and south to California. It’s also considered the deepest and largest oceanic division on the planet.

The Pacific Ocean fringes the United States' west coast. The coastline extends north to Alaska and south to California. It’s also considered the deepest and largest oceanic division on the planet.

Which state capital has the largest population?

  • Augusta, Maine
  • Dover, Delaware
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Helena, Montana

With a populace of around 1.5 million inhabitants, the city of Phoenix, Arizona is the most populated state capital in the U.S. It’s also known for its warm temperatures and sunny weather year-round.

With a populace of around 1.5 million inhabitants, the city of Phoenix, Arizona is the most populated state capital in the U.S. It’s also known for its warm temperatures and sunny weather year-round.

What is the name of the large body of water that borders the U.S.’s eastern coast?

  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Arctic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean fringes the east shore of the United States. Over centuries, explorers, colonists and immigrants have crossed the Atlantic on boats to begin a new life in the U.S.

The Atlantic Ocean fringes the east shore of the United States. Over centuries, explorers, colonists and immigrants have crossed the Atlantic on boats to begin a new life in the U.S.

What is the name of the U.S. territory that’s located southeast of Miami, Florida in the Caribbean Sea?

  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an island that is under the authority of the U.S. government. And as residents of a U.S. region, Puerto Ricans are allowed to go between the island and the mainland. Be that as it may, the region doesn't have any representatives in Congress.

Puerto Rico is an island that is under the authority of the U.S. government. And as residents of a U.S. region, Puerto Ricans are allowed to go between the island and the mainland. Be that as it may, the region doesn't have any representatives in Congress.

Which state borders Oregon to the south?

  • Hawaii
  • North Carolina
  • Florida
  • Nevada

Both Nevada and California border the West Coast state of Oregon, while Washington borders the state from the north and Idaho borders it from the east.

Both Nevada and California border the West Coast state of Oregon, while Washington borders the state from the north and Idaho borders it from the east.

Which state is the 50th and latest one to join the United States?

  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th state in the U.S. and since it’s on Oceania, it’s the only state that isn’t in U.S. territory. It’s also the only state that’s made up entirely of islands.

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th state in the U.S. and since it’s on Oceania, it’s the only state that isn’t in U.S. territory. It’s also the only state that’s made up entirely of islands.

This state is well known for their potatoes.

  • Idaho
  • Pennsylvania
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio

Idaho is famous for their potatoes, so images of spuds are quite common on license plates. They even have an Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, that contains exhibits on the cultivation of potatoes.

Idaho is famous for their potatoes, so images of spuds are quite common on license plates. They even have an Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, that contains exhibits on the cultivation of potatoes.

This capital city has a rather common name.

  • Springfield, IL
  • Madison, WI
  • Salem, OR
  • Columbia, SC

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its name is so common that there are 34 other cities named Springfield across the U.S. Some of these states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho and Florida.

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its name is so common that there are 34 other cities named Springfield across the U.S. Some of these states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho and Florida.

Which state is the city of Minneapolis located in?

  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Nevada

Minneapolis is known as the “Twin City” because it’s twinning with the state’s capital of St. Paul. The city is considered one of the largest in the Midwest and lies on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis is known as the “Twin City” because it’s twinning with the state’s capital of St. Paul. The city is considered one of the largest in the Midwest and lies on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Which state became the 23rd state?

  • Hawaii
  • Virginia
  • Alaska
  • Maine

Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820. It also happens to be the setting to a lot of Stephen King’s novels. But the state is well known for its rocky coastline and natural areas like Acadia National Park.

Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820. It also happens to be the setting to a lot of Stephen King’s novels. But the state is well known for its rocky coastline and natural areas like Acadia National Park.

Which state has been dubbed “The First State”?

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • California
  • Hawaii

Dover, Delaware was the site where The Constitution was ratified by 30 delegates in 1787. Therefore, it is officially considered the “First State” in the United States.

Dover, Delaware was the site where The Constitution was ratified by 30 delegates in 1787. Therefore, it is officially considered the “First State” in the United States.

Where is the U.S. territory of Guam located?

  • Micronesia
  • Melanesia
  • Polynesia
  • Greater Antilles

Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean that’s situated in Micronesia. The island was occupied by Japan for over two years during WWII and locals endured amazingly barbarous treatment during the occupation, but were freed by Americans on July 21, 1944.

Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean that’s situated in Micronesia. The island was occupied by Japan for over two years during WWII and locals endured amazingly barbarous treatment during the occupation, but were freed by Americans on July 21, 1944.

Which state is the Grand Canyon located in?

  • Hawaii
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • Kansas

The Grand Canyon is over 1,900 square miles in size and offers lots of red rock and views of the Colorado River and canyons. But the Grand Canyon National Park wasn’t established until February 26, 1919.

The Grand Canyon is over 1,900 square miles in size and offers lots of red rock and views of the Colorado River and canyons. But the Grand Canyon National Park wasn’t established until February 26, 1919.

Which of the following states is not found on the Canadian border?

  • Tennessee
  • New York
  • Montana
  • Washington

Tennessee is a southern state that's surrounded by the states of Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi but is nowhere near the Canadian border. It’s also home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Tennessee is a southern state that's surrounded by the states of Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi but is nowhere near the Canadian border. It’s also home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Which state is the Indianapolis 500 held in?

  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Idaho
  • Indiana

The Indianapolis 500 is a car racing event held in Speedway, Indiana every year on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s also known as the Indy 500 but was once called the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

The Indianapolis 500 is a car racing event held in Speedway, Indiana every year on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s also known as the Indy 500 but was once called the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

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