Lake Pontchartrain In what State would you find Lake Pontchartrain? (Not knowing Lake Pontchartrain cost a recent Jeopardy contestant $7,000 and the game)
PHOENIXWhat US state capital lies in the Valley of the Sun?
YOSEMITEIn what U.S. national park is El Capitan located?

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, 1979-87Barry Goldwater

Longtime congressman Carl Hayden

Supreme Court justices William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor

Universities University of Arizona at Tucson (Wildcats)

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 parkHot 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)

University of California (Golden Bears)

USC (Trojans)

Stanford (Cardinal)

Cal Tech at Pasadena

Pepperdine at Malibu

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at San Diego

University of San Francisco

Pro Sports teams:

NFL Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

San Francisco 49ers

NBA Los Angeles Lakers (formerly Minnesota Lakers)

Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors

Sacramento Kings

NHL Los Angeles Kings

Anaheim Mighty Ducks

San Jose Sharks

MLB San Diego Padres

Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly Brooklyn Dodgers)

Los Angeles Angels

San Francisco Giants (formerly New York Giants)

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

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)

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

University of Florida (Gators) at Gainesville

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)

University of Georgia at Athens (Bulldogs)

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

Major islands: Hawaii (The Big Island)

Kauai (oldest island)

Lanai (The Pineapple Island)

Molokai (Leper Island, home to Father Damian)

Oahu (most populace island)

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)

Northwestern University at Chicago & Evanston (Wildcats)

Bradley at Peoria

Loyola at Chicago

DePaul at Chicago

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)

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

Universities University of Iowa at Iowa City (Hawkeyes)

Iowa State at Ames (Cyclones)

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)

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)

University of Louisville (Cardinals)

Louisiana: The Pelican State

Capital Baton Rouge

Largest city New Orleans (The Big Easy, The Crescent City)

Largest 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

New Orleans square Jackson Square

Universities Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (Tigers)

Tulane at New Orleans (Green Wave)

Loyola at New Orleans

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

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)

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

Governor George Romney

Playwright and essayist Arthur Miller

Universities University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Wolverines)

Michigan State University at Lansing (Spartans)

Pro sports teams:

NFL Detroit Lions

NBA Detroit 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

NBA Minnesota 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)

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 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

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)

Colgate at Hamilton

Columbia at New York City

Cornell at Ithaca

Syracuse (Orangemen)

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)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Tarheels)

Wake Forest at Winston-Salem (Demon Decons)

North Carolina State at Raleigh (Wolfpack)

Pro sports teams:

NF 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

AuthorToni Morrison

Universities Ohio State University (Buckeyes)

University of Cincinnati (Bearcats)

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)

Oklahoma State University at Stillwater (Cowboys)

Oral Roberts at Tulsa

Pro sports team:

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

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),

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 Gardillo

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)

Vanderbilt at Nashville (Commodores)

Pro sports team:

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)

Texas Tech at Lubbock (Red Raiders)

Baylor at Waco (Bears)

Rice at Houston (Owls)

TCU at Fort Worth (Horned Frogs)

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 team:

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.)

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)

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



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

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