How Well Do You Know US holidays and Geography?
Do you enjoy holiday celebrations? Do you enjoy lakes and beaches? Do you enjoy exploring urban jungles and trekking in National Parks? And believe we have some of the finest holidays, enormous metropolis, and little communities in the world, then our US quiz is for you!
Marked by the biggest parade in New York City and a green Chicago River, what holiday is celebrated in mid-March?
St. Patrick’s Day
New York City hosted a St Patrick’s Day parade, held annually since 1762, and it is the largest and oldest parade in the world celebrating the holiday.
With a national holiday in his name, who is the only non-president with a memorial on the National Mall?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.
Originally a historic Franciscan mission, what landmark (pictured here) is definitely one to “remember”?
The Alamo Mission, commonly called the Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States.
The only place where crocodiles and alligators coexist, what American marsh one of the largest wetlands in the world?
The Everglades is a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large drainage basin within the Neotropical realm. These species typically inhabit different ecosystems, but in the Everglades, crocodiles and alligators can be found living together in the wild.
Cutting a border between Texas and four Mexican states, what river separates Mexico from the U.S.?
Rio Grande, Spanish Río Grande del Norte, or (in Mexico) Río Bravo, or Río Bravo del Norte, fifth longest river of North America, and the 20th longest in the world, forming the border between the U.S. state of Texas and Mexico.
More than 100 cities in the U.S. have replaced Columbus Day with what more inclusive holiday?
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Since the 1990s, a growing number of states have begun to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – a holiday meant to honor the culture and history of the people living in the Americas both before and after Columbus’ arrival.
Home to Antelope Island, what is the largest (and saltiest) natural lake west of the Mississippi?
Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. It lies in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, and has a substantial impact upon the local climate, particularly through lake-effect snow.
The second oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, San Juan is the capital of which U.S. territory?
San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the oldest continuously inhabited post-European contact city in United States territory and the second oldest in the entire Western Hemisphere. Since the Spanish founded it in 1519, San Juan has served as the capital city of Puerto Rico.
Officially dedicated to “the American people,” where does the largest arch in the world stand?
Gateway Arch, monument in St. Louis, Missouri, that sits along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch takes its name from the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West” during the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century.
With the Hoover Dam built upon it, what river carved out the Grand Canyon over millions of years?
The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado in Grand Lake, Colorado, the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border.
Located in the Cascade Mountains, what is the deepest lake in the United States?
At 1,943 feet (592 meters), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world. The depths were first explored thoroughly in 1886 by a party from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Draining all or part of 32 states, which river has the greatest watershed in the U.S.?
The Mississippi River drains an area of about 3.2 million square kilometers (1.2 million square miles) including all or parts of 32 states and two Canadian provinces, about 40% of the continental United States.
Containing ten percent of the world’s fresh surface water, what is the largest lake in the U.S.?
Lake Superior is the largest and northernmost of the Great Lakes of North America, and among freshwater lakes, it is the world’s largest by surface area and the third-largest by volume. It holds 10% of the world’s surface fresh water.
What mountain range is the oldest in the U.S. and also has the longest hiking-only trail in the world?
The trail passes through 14 states and is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are rerouted or modified. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy describes the Appalachian Trail as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.
One of the most photographed vistas in the country, which state capital is bordered by Diamond Head?
You’ll find natural beauty around every corner here in Hawaii, but there is one vista that is photographed more than any other – and that is the city of Honolulu as seen from the summit of Diamond Head.
Coincidentally, three of our Founding Fathers died on Independence Day, a holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
It is a fact of American history that three Founding Father Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4, the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? On July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law’s home in New York City.
Celebrated on a Monday in February, Presidents’ Day originally honored the birthday of which president?
The birthday of U.S. President George Washington (February 22) was first celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States in the 1880s. In 1968 the holiday was adapted to also honour the birth of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and moved to the third Monday in February.
The U.S. has more than 12,000 miles of coastline. Which of the following is NOT a body of water that touches the U.S.?
Hudson Bay sometimes called Hudson’s Bay is a large body of saltwater in northeastern Canada with a surface area of 1,230,000 km2 (470,000 sq mi). It is located north of Ontario, west of Quebec, north east of Manitoba and southeast of Nunavut, but politically entirely part of Nunavut.
Home to Old Faithful and its own grand canyon, what national park became the first of its kind in the world?
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world.
Formerly home to a naval facility and now a wildlife refuge, which U.S. territory played a part in WWII?
Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. It was World War II which conclusively demonstrated the strategic importance of Midway. In 1940 the U.S. Navy began work on a major air and submarine base there.
With eleven so-called “fingers,” in what state can you find the Finger Lakes?
The Finger Lakes are a group of eleven long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in an area called the Finger Lakes region in New York, in the United States.
Which state is known as “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” even though it actually has more like 11,800?
The land of 10,000 lakes actually has more than 11,800, yet aquatic adventure is only one of many draws to Minnesota. The twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul teem with cool cultural attractions, and there’s plenty of history to be found along the Mighty Mississippi.
Although it has the longest official name, what is the smallest state in the U.S. at only 1,045 square miles?
Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. It is known for sandy shores and seaside Colonial towns. It’s home to several large cities, including Newport, which is famed for sailing and Gilded Age mansions, such as The Breakers. Providence, its capital, is home to Brown University, green Roger Williams Park, landscaped Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, with the famed WaterFire art installation.
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, which of the following cities is the first to greet the new year?
Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. Portland’s population was 68,408 in April 2020. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, the 105th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Commemorating the end of slavery, what holiday is celebrated on the day Granger arrived in Galveston?
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
One of the country’s most accessible, what is America’s smallest national park and also the oldest protected area in the entire parks system?
Hot Springs National Park
Gateway Arch National Park
Channel Islands National Park
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park is an American national park in central Garland County, Arkansas, adjacent to the city of Hot Springs, the county seat. Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832 to be preserved for future recreation. Established before the concept of a national park existed, it was the first time that land had been set aside by the federal government to preserve its use as an area for recreation.
Leading to the Chesapeake Bay, which iconic and storied river flows through our nation’s capital?
The Potomac River drains the Mid-Atlantic United States, flowing from the Potomac Highlands into Chesapeake Bay. It is 405 miles (652 km) long, with a drainage area of 14,700 square miles (38,000 km2), and is the fourth-largest river along the East Coast of the United States and the 21st-largest in the United States. Over 5 million people live within its watershed.
As the first colony to ratify the brand-new constitution, which of the following became the first U.S. state in 1787?
It took 10 months for the first nine states to approve the Constitution. The first state to ratify was Delaware, on December 7, 1787, by a unanimous vote, 30 – 0. The featured document is an endorsed ratification of the federal Constitution by the Delaware convention.
Originally called the Hoover Dam in honor of President Hoover, who passed a bill for its construction, what was it called for a while during Roosevelt’s administration?
Tradition at the time called for naming a project for the law that made it possible, which meant that America’s most impressive feat of engineering was called the Boulder Dam, after the Boulder Canyon Project Act. Bills to rename it for Hoover failed in both 1929 and 1930.
With more people than the entire country of Canada, what of our states has the greatest population?
California is a state in the Western United States. California borders Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; and has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the west. With over 39.5 million residents across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), it is the most populous and the third-largest U.S. state by area.
Located in Sequoia National Park in California, what is the name of the world’s largest living tree (by volume)?
General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth. It is estimated to be around 2,200 to 2,700 years old. While the General Sherman is the largest currently living tree, it is not the largest historically recorded tree.
Spanning seven states, what is the longest mountain range in the U.S.?
The Rocky mountains form the longest mountain range in North America and are the second longest range in the world. The Rockies span for 3,000 miles north-to-south from New Mexico to Montana, and into Canada.
In honor of World War I, what was the holiday called Veterans Day originally known as?
Veterans Day, in the United States, national holiday (November 11) honouring veterans of the armed forces and those killed in the country’s wars. The observance originated in 1919 on the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice that ended World War I and was known as Armistice Day.
What was both the first state west of the Mississippi and the first state outside of the original U.S. territory to seek statehood?
Louisiana was the first state west of the Mississippi River and part of the Louisiana Purchase to seek statehood. It was also the first state to seek statehood from outside of the borders of the original national borders as established by the Treaty of Paris of 1783, which ended the American Revolution.
Made official in 1968, what holiday originally only recognized fallen soldiers from the U.S. Civil War?
Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Located in Death Valley, what is the name of the lowest point in North America?
Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America and the United States, with a depth of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the northwest.
Although it’s not a national holiday, about half of Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31. What is the day after Halloween known as?
All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, the Feast of All Saints, the Feast of All Hallows, the Solemnity of All Saints, and Hallowmas, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honour of all the saints of the church, whether they are known or unknown.
Topped by the Goddess of Liberty, which capital’s capitol building is the largest?
Based on Greek and Roman architectural details, the Goddess of Liberty was designed by Detroit’s Elijah E. Myers, architect of the Texas Capitol, and was included in his original contest drawings submitted in 1881. After nearly 100 years atop the Capitol dome, the original Goddess of Liberty now lives at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Meaning “The Great One,” what is the highest mountain in the United States?
Denali also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level.
Greater than the size of some states, what is the largest state capital by area, at an amazing 3,255 square miles?
Largest and smallest capitals by land area: Juneau, Alaska, is the largest capital by land area, at 3,255 square miles. It was also the fifth smallest by population, with 32,255 residents as of April 1, 2020.
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