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U.S. States

  • Alabama – The Yellow Hammer State, The Heart of Dixie

  • Capital Montgomery (first Confederate capital)
  • Largest city Birmingham (Pittsburgh of the South)
  • Port Mobile
  • Bay Mobile Bay
  • NASA city Huntsville (home to Marshall Flight Center)
  • University University of Alabama (Crimson Tide)
  • Governor three times George Wallace
  • Female governor, 1967-71 Lurleen Wallace
  • Indians Creek
  • Forest Talladega National Forest
  • Alaska – The Last Frontier, Russian America (Largest state, least in population density)

  • Capital Juneau (largest state capital in area)
  • Largest city Anchorage (on Cook Inlet)
  • Second largest city Fairbanks (named after V.P. Charles Fairbanks)
  • Oil shipping port Valdez
  • Northern-most U.S. point Point Barrow
  • Nicknames Seward’s Folly, Seward’s Icebox
  • Largest Island Kodiak Island
  • Island chain Aleutians
  • River Yukon
  • Northern mountain range Brooks Range
  • Peninsulas Alaska Peninsula, Seward Peninsula
  • Strait Bering Strait
  • Inlet Cook Inlet
  • Sea Bering Sea
  • Bering Sea islands Pribilof Islands, Little Diamede
  • Sound Prince William Sound
  • Northern bay Prudhoe Bay (oil drilling center)
  • National parks Denali, Glacier Bay, Gates of the Arctic
  • Holiday Seward’s Day
  • Eskimos Inuits
  • University University of Alaska at Anchorage
  • Pop singer Jewel
  • Arizona – The Grand Canyon State

  • Capital and largest city Phoenix (largest state capital in population)
  • Second largest city Tucson
  • Phoenix valley Valley of the Sun
  • Largest Indian tribe Navajo
  • Lake Lake Havasu (home to the London Bridge)
  • River Colorado
  • Forest Tonto National Forest
  • National park Grand Canyon
  • Ancient forest ruins Petrified Forest
  • Desert Sonora
  • “Colorful” desert Painted Desert
  • Valley filmed in many westerns Monument Valley
  • Dam Hoover Dam (formerly Boulder Dam)
  • Hoover Dam lake Lake Mead
  • Mine Lost Dutchman Mine
  • Governor Bruce Babbitt
  • Senator, 1953-65, 1979-87 Barry Goldwater
  • Longtime congressman Carl Hayden
  • Supreme Court justices William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Universities University of Arizona at Tucson (Wildcats)
  • Universities Arizona State University at Tempe (Sun Devils)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Phoenix Suns
  • NFL Arizona Cardinals
  • NHL Phoenix Coyotes
  • MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Arkansas – The Land of Opportunity

  • Capital and largest city Little Rock
  • Mountains Ozarks
  • Rivers Arkansas, Red
  • National park Hot Springs
  • State park Crater of Diamonds
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Clinton’s home town Hope
  • Senators Dale Bumpers, William Fulbright
  • Governors Bill Clinton, Dale Bumpers, Winthrop Rockefeller
  • Bentonville business Wal-Mart
  • California – The Golden State ( most populous state)

  • Capital Sacramento
  • Largest city Los Angeles
  • Second largest city San Diego
  • Mountains Sierra Nevada (where Donner Party met its fate)
  • National parks Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Redwood, Sequoia
  • Fault line San Andreas Fault
  • USA’s lowest elevation Death Valley
  • Lake Lake Tahoe
  • Wine country Napa Valley
  • Desert Mojave
  • Forest Shasta National Forest
  • Winter Olympics site, 1960 Squaw Valley
  • San Diego founder Junipero Serra
  • Los Angeles asphalt bog La Brea Tar Pits
  • Landmark glass church Crystal Cathedral
  • Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan (born in Illinois)
  • Senators Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer
  • Governors Pete Wilson, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, Earl Warren
  • Universities UCLA (Bruins)
  • Universities University of California (Golden Bears)
  • Universities USC (Trojans)
  • Universities Stanford (Cardinal)
  • Universities Cal Tech at Pasadena
  • Universities Pepperdine at Malibu
  • Universities Scripps Institution of Oceanography at San Diego
  • Universities University of San Francisco
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Oakland Raiders
  • NFL San Diego Chargers
  • NFL San Francisco 49ers
  • NBA Los Angeles Lakers (formerly Minnesota Lakers)
  • NBA Los Angeles Clippers
  • NBA Golden State Warriors
  • NBA Sacramento Kings
  • NHL Los Angeles Kings
  • NHL Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • NHL San Jose Sharks
  • MLB San Diego Padres
  • MLB Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • MLB Los Angeles Angels
  • MLB San Francisco Giants (formerly New York Giants)
  • MLB Oakland Athletics (formerly Kansas City Athletics)
  • Colorado – Centennial State (joined the union in 1876)

  • Capital and largest city Denver (Mile High City)
  • Second largest city Colorado Springs
  • Mountains Mt. Elbert (Colorado’s tallest), Pike’s Peak
  • National parks Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Mesa Verde
  • Gorge Royal Gorge
  • Silver mine city Leadville (highest incorporated U.S. city)
  • Denver natural amphitheater Red Rocks
  • Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder
  • University University of Colorado at Boulder (Buffaloes)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Denver Nuggets
  • NFL Denver Broncos
  • NHL Colorado Avalanche (former Quebec Nordiques)
  • MLB Colorado Rockies
  • Connecticut – The Nutmeg State, The Constitution State

  • Capital Hartford (The Insurance Capital of the World)
  • Largest city Bridgeport
  • Female Governor Ella Grasso
  • Congresswoman Clair Booth Luce
  • Senators Christopher Dodd, Joseph Lieberman
  • Universities Yale at New Haven (Bulldogs)
  • Universities University of Connecticut at Storrs (Huskies)
  • Delaware – The First State, The Blue Hen State

  • Capital Dover
  • Largest city Wilmington
  • Number of counties Three
  • Namesake Lord de la War
  • Florida – The Sunshine State

  • Capital Tallahassee
  • Largest city Jacksonville
  • Governor Jeb Bush
  • Space center John F. Kennedy Space Center
  • Space port at Cape Kennedy Cape Canaveral
  • First settlement St. Augustine
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Swamp Okefenokee (with Georgia)
  • Island chain Florida Keys
  • Major keys Key Largo, Key West (farthest south)
  • National parks Everglades, Dry Tortugas
  • Universities Florida State University (Seminoles) at Tallahassee
  • Universities University of Florida (Gators) at Gainesville
  • Universities University of Miami (Hurricanes)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Orlando Magic, Miami Heat
  • NFL Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • NHL Florida Panthers ,Tampa Bay Lightning
  • MLB Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Georgia – The Peach State, The Empire State of the South, largest state east of the Mississippi

  • Capital and largest city Atlanta
  • Second largest city Columbus
  • Port Savannah
  • Founder James Oglethorpe
  • Mountain near Atlanta Stone Mountain
  • Mountains Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Swamp Okefenokee
  • Universities Georgia Tech at Atlanta (Yellow Jackets)
  • Universities University of Georgia at Athens (Bulldogs)
  • Universities Spelman at Atlanta
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Atlanta Falcons
  • NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • NHL Atlanta Thrashers
  • MLB Atlanta Braves

  • Hawaii – The Aloha State (was independent country from 1849-89)

  • Capital and largest city Honolulu
  • King Kamehameha
  • Queen Liliuokalani
  • The Queen’s palace Lolani Palace
  • Major islands Hawaii (The Big Island)
  • Major islands Kauai (oldest island)
  • Major islands Lanai (The Pineapple Island)
  • Major islands Molokai (Leper Island, home to Father Damian)
  • Major islands Oahu (most populace island)
  • Major islands Maui (The Garden Island)
  • National parks Volcano’s on Hawaii, Haleakala on Maui
  • Oahu mountain Diamond Head
  • North Oahu surfing area Bonsai Pipeline
  • Harbor Pearl Harbor
  • State bird Nene (Hawaiian goose)
  • Beach party Luau
  • Dance Hula
  • Cooked taro dish Poi
  • Polynesian god Maui
  • Idaho – The Gem State

  • Capital and largest city Boise
  • River Snake
  • Canyon Hell’s Canyon (deepest gorge in U.S.)
  • Monument Craters of the Moon
  • Ski resort Sun Valley
  • FBI standoff site, 1992 Ruby Ridge
  • Illinois – The Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State

  • Capital Springfield
  • Largest city Chicago
  • President Abraham Lincoln
  • Longtime senator Everett Dirkson
  • Female senator Carol Moseley-Braun
  • Governors Adlai Stevenson, Jim Thompson
  • Poet Carl Sandburg
  • Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Universities University of Illinois at Champaign (Fighting Illini)
  • Universities Northwestern University at Chicago & Evanston(Wildcats)
  • Universities Bradley at Peoria
  • Universities Loyola at Chicago
  • Universities DePaul at Chicago
  • Universities Illinois State University at Normal
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Chicago Bulls
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • MLB Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox
  • Indiana – The Hoosier State (smallest state west of the Appalachians)

  • Capital and largest city Indianapolis
  • Lake Michigan port Gary
  • River Wabash
  • Vice President Dan Quayle
  • Governor Evan Bayh
  • Poet James Whitcomb Riley
  • Universities Purdue at West Lafayette (Boilermakers)
  • Universities Notre Dame at South Bend (Fighting Irish)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Indiana Pacers (came from ABA)
  • NFL Indianapolis Colts (former Baltimore Colts)
  • Iowa – The Hawkeye State

  • Capital and largest city Des Moines
  • River Des Moines
  • President Herbert Hoover
  • Author James Waller
  • Artist Grant Wood
  • Communal colonies Amana Colonies
  • Where Buddie Holly’s plane crashed Clear Lake
  • Universities University of Iowa at Iowa City (Hawkeyes)
  • Universities Iowa State at Ames (Cyclones)
  • Universities Drake at Des Moines (Bulldogs)
  • Kansas – The Sunflower State

  • Capital Topeka
  • Largest city Wichita
  • Historic western city Dodge City
  • Northern point of Chisholm Trail Topeka
  • Topeka clinic Menninger Clinic
  • Senators Bob Dole, Alf Landon, Nancy Landon Kassebaum
  • Bob Dole’s home town Russell
  • Universities University of Kansas at Lawrence (Jayhawks)
  • Universities Kansas State at Manhattan (Wildcats)
  • Kentucky – The Bluegrass State (Commonwealth, Abe Lincoln’s birthplace)

  • Capital Frankfort
  • Largest city Louisville
  • First capital Bowling Green
  • City named after Massachusetts city Lexington
  • U.S. gold reserve Fort Knox
  • Museum Kentucky Derby Museum
  • National park Mammoth Cave
  • Universities University of Kentucky (Wildcats)
  • Universities University of Louisville (Cardinals)
  • Louisiana – The Pelican State

  • Capital Baton Rouge
  • Largest city New Orleans (The Big Easy, The Crescent City)
  • Lake Lake Pontchartrain
  • Assassinated governor Huey Long (“Kingfish”)
  • French Canadian descendants Cajuns
  • County-like divisions Parishes
  • New Orleans historic area French Quarter
  • New Orleans historic hall Preservation Hall
  • Universities Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (Tigers)
  • Universities Tulane at New Orleans (Green Wave)
  • Universities Loyola at New Orleans
  • Universities Southern University at Shreveport
  • Pro sport teams

  • NFL New Orleans Saints
  • NBA New Orleans Pelicans
  • Maine- The Pine Tree State (the only state bordered by only one other state)

  • Capital Augusta
  • Largest city Portland
  • Overseas refueling stop Bangor
  • National Park Acadia
  • River Kennebunk
  • Author Stephen King
  • Senator Margaret Chase Smith
  • Oldest College Bowdoin
  • 19th century Secretary of State James Blaine
  • 20th century Secretary of State Edmund Muskie
  • Maryland – The Old Line State, The Star Spangled Banner State

  • Capital Annapolis (named after Queen Anne)
  • Largest city Baltimore
  • Flower Black-Eyed Susan
  • Founder Cecil Calvert
  • Bay Chesapeake Bay
  • Island Kent Island
  • Fort Fort McHenry
  • Baltimore critic H. L. Mencken
  • Baltimore poet and author Edgar Allen Poe
  • Vice president Spiro Agnew
  • Representative and senator Barbra Mikulski
  • Universities Johns Hopkins at Baltimore
  • Universities U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis (Midshipmen)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Baltimore Ravens (named after Poe’s “The Raven”)
  • NBA Baltimore Wizards (formerly Washington Bullets)
  • MLB Baltimore Orioles (formerly St. Louis Browns)
  • Massachusetts – The Bay State (Commonwealth)

  • Capital and largest city Boston
  • Boston church/landmark Old North Church
  • Boston park Boston Common
  • Boston hall Faneuil Hall
  • Witch trial city, 1697 Salem
  • Lizzy Borden’s home town Fall River
  • Music festival city Tanglewood
  • Resort islands Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket Island
  • Capes Cape Ann, Cape Cod
  • Bays Buzzard’s Bay, Cape Cod Bay
  • Sound Nantucket Sound
  • Lowell artist James Whistler
  • Hills Berkshires
  • Amherst poet Emily Dickinson
  • Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy
  • Senators Ted Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Kerry
  • Governors Hugh Carey, Calvin Coolidge
  • Universities Harvard (Bulldogs)
  • Universities Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL New England Patriots
  • NBA Boston Celtics
  • NHL Boston Bruins
  • MLB Boston Red Sox
  • Michigan – The Wolverine State

  • Capital Lansing
  • Largest city Detroit
  • National park Isle Royal
  • Strait Strait of Mackinac
  • President Gerald Ford
  • Playwright and essayist Arthur Miller
  • Universities University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Wolverines)
  • Universities Michigan State University at Lansing (Spartans)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFLDetroit Lions
  • NBADetroit Pistons
  • NHL Detroit Red Wings
  • MLB Detroit Tigers
  • Minnesota – The Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes (farthest north lower 48 states)

  • Capital St. Paul
  • Largest city Minneapolis
  • Port Duluth
  • Rochester clinic Mayo (Brothers) Clinic
  • Mountain range Masabi (known for its iron ore deposits)
  • Source of Mississippi River Lake Itasca
  • National park Voyagers
  • Sauk Center author Sinclair Lewis
  • Walnut Grove author Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Vice presidents Hubert Humphrey, Walter (Fritz) Mondale
  • Governor/actor Jesse (“The Body”) Ventura
  • Senator/comedian Al Franken
  • University University of Minnesota at St. Paul (Golden Gophers)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Minnesota Vikings
  • NBAMinnesota Timberwolves
  • NHL Minnesota Wild
  • MLB Minnesota Twins (formerly Washington Senators)
  • Mississippi – The Magnolia State

  • Capital and largest city Jackson (named for Andrew Jackson)
  • Ports Biloxi, Gulfport
  • Senator Trent Lott
  • Oxford author William Faulkner
  • Elvis Presley’s birthplace Tupelo
  • Short story writer Eudora Welty
  • Indian trail Natchez Trace
  • University University of Mississippi at Oxford (Ole Miss)
  • Missouri – The Show Me State

  • Capital Jefferson City
  • Largest city Kansas City
  • Start of the Pony Express St. Joseph
  • Harry Truman’s home Independence
  • Mountains Ozarks
  • Muralist Thomas Hart Benton
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble
  • Hannibal author Mark Twain
  • Outlaws The James Gang
  • President Harry Truman
  • Senators Thomas Eagleton, John Danforth
  • Universities University of Missouri at Columbia (Tigers)
  • Universities Washington University in St. Louis (Bears)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs
  • NHL St. Louis Blues
  • MLB St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals
  • Montana – The Treasure State

  • Capital Helena (home of Last Chance Gulch)
  • Largest city Billings
  • River Missouri
  • Battlefield Little Big Horn
  • National parks Glacier, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (shared with Canada)
  • University University of Montana at Missoula

  • Nebraska – The Cornhusker State, The Beef State

  • Capital Lincoln
  • Legislature type Unicameral (only one house)
  • Largest city Omaha
  • River (North) Platte
  • Home for boys near Omaha Boys Town
  • Author Willa Cather
  • Comedian Johnny Carson
  • Politician William Jennings Bryan (3-time presidential candidate)
  • University University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Cornhuskers)
  • Nevada – The Silver State, The Battle Born State, The Sagebrush State

  • Capital Carson City (named after Kit Carson)
  • Largest city Las Vegas
  • Second largest city Reno
  • Largest river Humboldt
  • Reno River Truckee
  • Silver mine Comstock lode
  • Comstock lode city Virginia City
  • Lake Lake Tahoe (shared with California)
  • New Hampshire – The Granite State

  • Capital Concord
  • Largest city Manchester
  • Port Portsmouth
  • Mountain Mt. Washington
  • Mountain range Presidential Range
  • Prep school Exeter
  • President Franklin Pierce
  • New Jersey – The Garden State (most densely-populated state)

  • Capital Trenton
  • Largest city Newark
  • Gambling city Atlantic City
  • Cape Cape May
  • Governors Chris Christie, Christine Todd Whitman
  • Senator Bill Bradley
  • Universities Princeton
  • Universities Rutgers at New Brunswick
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL New York Giants, New York Jets
  • NHL New Jersey Devils
  • New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment

  • Capital Santa Fe
  • Largest city and home to annual balloon fiesta Albuquerque
  • Ski city Taos
  • Taos author D.H. Lawrence
  • Taos artist Georgia O’Keeffe
  • UFO crash site Roswell
  • Atomic research center Los Alamos
  • First atomic bomb site Trinity
  • City near Trinity Alamogordo
  • River Rio Grande (“Big River”)
  • State bird Roadrunner
  • National park Carlsbad Caverns
  • National monument White Sands National Monument
  • University University of New Mexico at Albuquerque (Lobos)
  • New York – The Empire State

  • Capital Albany (site of Fort Orange)
  • Largest city New York City
  • New York City burroughs Manhatattan, Queens, Brooklyn (most populous), Bronx, Statin Island
  • Second largest city Buffalo
  • Long Island nuclear research center Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Northern mountains Adirondacks
  • Southern mountains Catskills
  • River Hudson
  • Hudson tributary Mohawk
  • Lakes Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain (shared with Vermont)
  • Winter Olympics site, 1932, 1980 Lake Placid
  • Presidents Martin van Buren, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland,Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt
  • Vice Presidents Aaron Burr, Nelson Rockefeller
  • Governors Andrew Cuomo, Dewitt Clinton,Al Smith, Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller, Mario Cuomo, Hugh Carey
  • Senators Daniel Moynihan, Alfonse D’Amato, Hillary Clinton
  • New York City mayors Mike Bloomberg, Fiorello La Guardia,Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani
  • Universities City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Universities Colgate at Hamilton
  • Universities Columbia at New York City
  • Universities Cornell at Ithaca
  • Universities Syracuse (Orangemen)
  • Universities Vassar at Poughkeepsie
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Buffalo Bills
  • NBA New York Knicks
  • NBA Brooklyn Nets
  • NHL Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, New York Rangers
  • MLB New York Mets, New York Yankees
  • North Carolina – The Tarheel State

  • Capital Raleigh
  • Largest city Charlotte
  • Mountains Blue Ridge Mountains (shared with Georgia)
  • National park Great Smoky Mountains (shared with Tennessee)
  • Capes Cape Hatteras, Cape Fear
  • Sounds Pamilco, Albemarle
  • Island Roanoke
  • Cradle of aviation Kitty Hawk
  • Author Thomas Wolfe
  • Senators Sam Irvin, Jesse Helms
  • Universities Duke at Durham (Blue Devils)
  • Universities University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Tarheels)
  • Universities Wake Forest at Winston-Salem (Demon Decons)
  • Universities North Carolina State at Raleigh (Wolfpack)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Carolina Panthers
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes
  • North Dakota – The Peace Garden State, The Sioux State (geographic center of North America)

  • Capital Bismarck
  • Largest city Fargo
  • Rivers Red River (of the North), Missouri
  • National park Theodore Roosevelt
  • Ohio – The Buckeye State

  • Capital Columbus
  • Largest city Cleveland (on Lake Erie)
  • First capital Zanesville
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton
  • Rubber capital Akron
  • Wright Brothers city Dayton
  • Presidents U. S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes,
    James Garfield, William McKinley, William Taft
  • Senator John Glenn
  • Author Toni Morrison
  • Universities Ohio State University (Buckeyes)
  • Universities University of Cincinnati (Bearcats)
  • Universities Miami of Ohio
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Cincinnati Bengals
  • NBA Cleveland Cavaliers
  • NHL Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds
  • Oklahoma – The Sooner State

  • Capital and largest city Oklahoma City
  • Second largest city Tulsa (“The Oil Capital of the World”)
  • Universities University of Oklahoma at Norman (Sooners)
  • Universities Oklahoma State University at Stillwater (Cowboys)
  • Universities Oral Roberts at Tulsa
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Oregon – The Beaver State

  • Capital Salem
  • Largest city Portland
  • End of Oregon Trail Astoria (named for John Jacob Astor)
  • Rivers Columbia, Willamette
  • Senator Bob Packwood (forced to resign, 1995)
  • National park Crater Lake
  • Crater Lake island Wizard’s Island
  • Waterfall Klamath Falls
  • Ill-fated track star Steve Prefontaine
  • Universities University of Oregon at Eugene (Ducks)
  • Universities Willamette University at Salem
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Portland Trailblazers
  • Pennsylvania – The Keystone State (Commenwelth)

  • Capital Harrisburg
  • Largest city Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia statehouse Independence Hall
  • Philadelphia seat of Continental Congress, 1774 Carpenter’s Hall
  • Second largest city Pittsburgh
  • Port Erie
  • Flood city Johnstown
  • Chocolate-making city Hershey
  • Founder William Penn
  • Nationality of first settlers Swedish
  • Religious sects Pennsylvania Dutch, Quakers
  • Pittsburgh rivers Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio
  • Universities Penn State at State College (Nittany Lions)
  • Universities Pittsburgh University (Panthers) Lehigh at Bethlehem
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NBA Philadelphia 76ers
  • NHL Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • MLB Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations) – The Ocean State (the smallest state)

  • Capital and largest city Providence (founded by Roger Williams)
  • Port and jazz festival city Newport
  • Bay Narragansett Bay
  • Painter Gilbert Stuart

  • South Carolina – The Palmetto State

  • Capital and largest city Columbia
  • Port Charleston
  • Beach Myrtle Beach
  • Island Hilton Head Island
  • River Savannah
  • Fort Fort Sumter
  • “Swamp Fox” Francis Marion
  • Spanish Explorer Francisco Gordillo
  • Senator Strom Thurmond
  • Strom Thurmond supporters “Dixiecrats”
  • Military academy The Citadel
  • South Dakota – The Sunshine State, The Coyote State

  • Capital Pierre
  • Largest city Sioux Falls
  • Hills Black Hills
  • National monument Mt. Rushmore
  • River Missouri
  • Motorcycle rally city Sturgis
  • National parks Badlands, Windcave
  • Tennessee – The Volunteer State

  • Capital Nashville (Music City, USA)
  • Largest city Memphis
  • Civil War capital Bowling Green
  • World’s Fair city Knoxville
  • Nuclear research center Oak Ridge
  • Highest point Clingman’s Dome
  • National park Great Smoky Mountains
  • Bird Tennessee Warbler
  • Horse Tennessee Walker
  • Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, James Polk
  • Vice president Al Gore
  • Senators Howard Baker, Fred Thompson
  • Congressman Davy Crockett
  • Governor Lamar Alexander
  • Universities University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Volunteers)
  • Universities Vanderbilt at Nashville (Commodores)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Tennessee Titans (former Houston Oilers)
  • Texas – The Lone Star State (second largest state; independent country, 1836-45)

  • Capital Austin
  • Largest city Houston
  • Second largest city Dallas (named after V.P. George M. Dallas)
  • Southernmost city Brownsville
  • State flower Bluebonnet
  • River Rio Grande
  • National parks Big Bend, Guadeloupe Mountains
  • Island Padre Island
  • Large ranch King Ranch
  • NASA center in Houston Johnson Space Center
  • Oil field Spindle Top Gusher
  • Lawmen Texas Rangers
  • Texas Rangers founder Stephen Austin
  • Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson
  • Senators Lloyd Bentsen, Phil Gramm
  • Governors Sam Houston, John Connelly, Ann Richards, George W. Bush
  • Representatives Sam Rayburn, Barbara Jordan
  • Universities University of Texas at Austin (Longhorns)
  • Universities Texas Tech at Lubbock (Red Raiders)
  • Universities Baylor at Waco (Bears)
  • Universities Rice at Houston (Owls)
  • Universities TCU at Fort Worth (Horned Frogs)
  • Universities SMU at Dallas (Mustangs)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans
  • NBA Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs
  • NHL Dallas Stars
  • MLB Texas Rangers, Houston Astros
  • Utah – The Beehive State

  • Capital and largest city Salt Lake City (the only three-word state capital)
  • Highest point King’s Peak
  • Senator Orrin Hatch
  • National parks Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion
  • Ancient lake Lake Bonneville
  • University Brigham Young University at Provo
  • Pro sports teams

  • NBA Utah Jazz (formerly New Orleans Jazz)
  • Vermont – The Green Mountain State (independent country from 1777-91)

  • Capital Montpelier
  • Largest city Burlington
  • Lake Lake Champlain
  • President Calvin Coolidge
  • Senator Patrick Leahy
  • Virginia – Old Dominion State (Commonwealth)

  • Capital Richmond
  • Largest city and port Norfolk
  • Colonial capital Williamsburg
  • Motto Sic Semper Tyrannis
  • Rivers James, Potomac
  • Mountains Blue Ridge
  • Scenic valley and river Shenandoah
  • Swamp Dismal Swamp
  • Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery
  • Senator Charles Robb
  • Author William Styron
  • Orator Patrick Henry
  • National park Shenandoah
  • Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,James Madison, James Monroe
  • Chief Justice John Marshall
  • Universities William & Mary at Williamsburg (Second-oldest university in the U.S.)
  • Universities
  • University of Virginia at Charlottesville (founded by Thomas Jefferson)
  • Washington – The Evergreen State

  • Capital Olympia
  • Largest city Seattle (named after Chief Seattle)
  • Highest mountain Mt. Rainier
  • Volcano Mt. St. Helens
  • River Columbia
  • Dam Grand Coulee
  • Sound Puget Sound
  • Female Governor Dixie Lee Ray
  • National parks Mt. Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades
  • University University of Washington at Seattle (Huskies)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • MLB Seattle Mariners
  • West Virginia – The Mountain State (the only state to secede from another state

  • Capital and largest city Charleston
  • Ferry Harper’s Ferry
  • Senator Robert Byrd
  • Wisconsin – The Badger State

  • Capital Madison
  • Largest city Milwaukee
  • Senators Joseph McCarthy, William Proxmire
  • Universities University of Wisconsin (Badgers)
  • Universities Marquette University at Milwaukee Warriors)
  • Pro sports teams

  • NFL Green Bay Packers
  • NBA Milwaukee Bucks
  • MLB Milwaukee Brewers
  • Wyoming – The Equality State, The Equal Rights Banner State (least populous state)

  • Capital and largest city Cheyenne
  • National monument Devil’s Tower
  • National parks Yellowstone (the first national park), Grand Teton
  • Oil scandal site Teapot Dome

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U.S. Territories

      • Puerto Rico – (acquired in the Spanish-American War)

      • Capital San Juan
      • Island group Greater Antilles

 

      • Guam – (“Where America’s day begins,” acquired in the Spanish-American War)

      • Capital Agana
      • Island group Marianas

 

      • U S Virgin Islands – (acquired from Denmark, 1917)

      • Capital Charlotte Amalie
      • Island group Virgin Islands
      • Main islands St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John

 

      • American Samoa – (southernmost U S possession)

      • Capital and port Pago Pago (Pronounced Pango Pango)
      • Island group Samoan Island Group

 

Other Territories

        Wake Island
        Midway Islands
        Northern Mariana Islands
        Johnston Atoll
        Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands
        Kingman Reef
        Navassa Island
        Palmyra Atoll