It's time for a virtual road trip through the United States. We're going east to Augusta, Maine, south to Honolulu, Hawaii, west to Sacramento, California, and north to Juneau, Alaska. Each capital is in a very different location and has its own unique character. Some have mountains. Others are flat. Some are part of a huge, sprawling metropolis. Others are small. Some were built to be the capital of their state. Others just happened to fall into the role.
Will you discover a new favorite city? Do you like walking around a city discovering its history? Maybe a trip to Boston, Massachusetts is in your future. Are you more interested in the rugged outdoors? Visit Juneau to take in Alaska's natural beauty. Want to spend a week listening to country music? You're going to want to visit Nashville, Tennessee. There's a reason its called Music City. Where are you visiting next?
Can you name more than the capital to your home state? Do you struggle to name the more obscure capitals? Put on your detective hats and make like Carmen Sandiego. It's time to find where in the USA these state capitals are located. Get to matching the state to its capital!
Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as the Virgin Queen. It was also the site of Jamestown, which was the first English colony in North America.
When New York was under Dutch control, it was called New Amsterdam. Britain would take over in 1665 and have possession until the American Revolution.
Hawaii contains 132 islands. However, only seven are inhabited. They are Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau.
More than 42 million people visit Las Vegas every year. The city is also home to the world's tallest freestanding observation tower, which is called the Stratosphere.
In 1703, the first Mardi Gras celebration was held in Mobile. Birmingham also held two early Mardi Gras parades: one in 1886 and one in 1896.
North Dakota produces 38 million gallons of milk annually. This milk comes from the state's 91 dairy farms.
Oklahoma contains 10 different geographic regions. They are The Ozark Plateau, Prairie Plans, Ouachita Mountains, Sandston Hills Region, The Arbuckle Mountains, The Wichita Mountains, The Red River Valley Region, Red Beds Plains, The Gypsum Hills and The High Plains.
Verna Keays designed Wyoming's state flag. The flag contains the Great Seal of Wyoming and a bison. The main colors on the flag are red, white and blue.
Visitors to The Buckeye State can spend the day at Cedar Point Amusement Park. They can also walk around the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Illinois is the site of many firsts. The state was the first to abolish slavery. It also is home to Aurora, which was the first U.S. city to use electric street lighting throughout the city.
Until 1848, Arizona was part of Mexico. Arizona officially became the 48th state in 1912.
Connecticut's nickname is "the Constitution State." The name comes from its status as the site of the first written constitution, which was called the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut adopted in 1639.
Maryland is home to almost 50 rivers and creeks. It also has numerous lakes, ponds and streams. While the state touches the Atlantic Ocean, its largest body of water is the Chesapeake Bay.
Prior to the United States claiming it, Arkansas was part of the Louisiana Territory. The United States purchased the land in 1803.
New Hampshire has four nicknames. They are the Granite State, the Mother of Rivers, the White Mountain State and the Switzerland of America.
Nebraska's state nickname, The Cornhusker State, comes from the University of Nebraska's football team. The team is called the Cornhuskers because Nebraska grows a lot of corn. It is the third-largest corn producer in the United States.
Minnesota takes its name from the Dakota tribe's word for the Minnesota River. The tribe called the river mnisota makoce, which means "sky-tinted water."
Mount Rushmore is in North Dakota. It features the faces of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the Black Hills.
Tennessee is home to the Unaka Mountains. This region has Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as Clingman's Dome, which is the highest point in Tennessee.
Washington contains the Cascade Range. This range has five major volcanoes: Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.
At 84,900 square miles, Utah is the 11th largest state in the U.S. It is 350 miles long and 270 miles wide.
Colorado is nicknamed the Centennial State. The name comes from the fact that Colorado became a state the same year the United States turned a hundred years old.
St. Louis, Missouri has the largest beer-producing plant in the country. It is also home to Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser beer.
California's coastline is 1,100 miles long. Native wildlife to this area include green sea turtles, blue whales, sea otters and California sea lions.
New Jersey is home to the Atlantic City boardwalk. The boardwalk, which was built in 1870, is the oldest in the world. The 6-mile-long boardwalk also holds the record for the longest boardwalk.
Georgia was the thirteenth of the 13 original colonies. On Jan. 2, 1788, it became a state.
The first post office opened in Massachusetts. It served Boston starting in 1639.
In 1803, Louisiana was purchased from the French as part of the Louisiana Purchase. It became a state in 1812.
Alaska's Katmai National Park is home to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which was created from the 1912 eruption of the Novarupta Volcano. There are an additional 70 or so Alaskan volcanoes that are potentially active.
WIlliamson, West Virginia contains the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce. This building was made out of 65 tons of bituminous coal in 1933.
Texas has been under the control of six nations. They are Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America.
North and South Carolina are named after King Charles I. South Carolina became known as the Palmetto State because its state tree is the sabal palmetto.
Florida is home to Walt Disney World. The resort is 40 square miles and even has its own governing jurisdiction called Reedy Creek Improvement District.
Indiana is known as the Hoosier state. While no one knows exactly where it came from, one theory suggests that it came from an old English term for "hill." The term was applied to people who lived in Indiana's hill territory.
In 1961, William Penn, who was a Quaker, founded the state that now bears his name. The state was created with religious freedom in mind. Eventually, Mennonites and the Amish would join the Quakers in Pennsylvania.