Quiz: Can You Name the West Coast City From Three Clues?: HowStuffWorks
Can You Name the West Coast City From Three Clues?
By: Heather Cahill
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Some of the largest cities in the country are found along the West Coast. They're located in states like Nevada, Washington and California. Some of them are vacation spots, while others are filled with booming businesses, but all are overall great places to live, work and play. Whether you live there or you've never been there, it's likely that you at least know a thing or two about West Coast cities. Think you can guess the city from a few clues about it?
Do you know where you can find the cities that are home to the Space Needle, Caesar's Palace or Lake Tahoe? Landmarks are a great way to identify a city, and they can be pretty memorable. If you can name the hometowns and birthplaces of notable people as well, then you're that much closer to acing this quiz! History buffs might be able to identify a few cities through hints about their past as well. Well, do you think that you're up for the challenge?
If you think you can become an honorary member of the West Coast or want to prove that you know your area very well, then now is your time. Take the quiz to show what you know!
This city is often thought of as home to the stars. It's one of the largest in the United States and is often called the "City of Angels." Can you name the city?
Los Angeles is the place to be if you're in the entertainment business. Did you know that the famous "Hollywood" sign used to say something completely different? Somehow, "Hollywoodland" just doesn't have the same ring to it!
Merle Haggard was born here, it's known as the oil capital of California and you can get a glimpse at a group of peacocks. Do you know which city it is?
Merle Haggard isn't the only famous country-music star to come out of Bakersfield; you can add Buck Owens to the list as well! They are known for creating their own brand of music, which was dubbed the "Bakersfield Sound."
The Yahoo! offices are based here, it shares its name with a fictional TV trailer park and Apple calls it home. What city is it?
Despite its name, Sunnyvale gets only 260 days of sun a year, which is still a lot! It's also home to countless parks such as Ortega Park and Las Palmas Park.
It's quite a tropical location, Nicole Kidman was born here and you might hear the word "Aloha" pretty often. What city is it?
Honolulu is pretty popular when it comes to vacationing! It's not only a beautiful city, but it's also the capital of the state of Hawaii. It's also known for being pretty safe to live in.
Sometimes this place is called "Hollywood of the North." It's home to the Lobero Theater, and you can visit Michael Jackson's famous Neverland Ranch. What city is it?
The city was named after the saint, Saint Barbara, who is known as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. It's also a place where many celebrities like to live and relax while they're not working.
Can you name the city that is home to the Morris Graves Museum of Art, the Carson Mansion and has a marsh of the same name?
Eureka is not only a fun word to use, but it's also the name of a lovely California city. In the past, the city was very important to the lumber business, which thrived there for many years.
Wells Fargo first set up shop here, it's known for its orange orchards and you can visit Hart Park. What city is it?
Did you know that it was first called "Hotuuk" when Native Americans mostly inhabited the area? Today, there are still many members of the Tongva people living in the city!
It is the largest city in this state, known for its scenery, and it's home to many large animals. Do you know its name?
Way up in the state of Alaska lies Anchorage, a beautiful, wintery city. Although it's not always snowy! In the spring, the snow starts to melt away here as well, but it can return a little earlier than it does in other places.
It's home to a very famous bridge and AT&T Park. It's also located in a state where there was a Gold Rush. What city is it?
You probably recognize San Francisco by the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Not to mention AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants. Who wouldn't want to visit this vibrant and historic city?!
This city shares its name with one in Canada, it has a prominent Native American population and Greg Biffle grew up here. Do you know the city?
Vancouver, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia have a lot in common: they're both named after George Vancouver and they're both located on the West Coast.
You may know it as the "City of Trees," the place where Eddie Murphy grew up or the place where the almond business is booming. Where is it?
Sacramento is filled with a vibrant arts scene, where there are countless theaters to catch a show at and many musicians around the city. For example, the band Deftones is from this musical city. There are also plenty of up-and-coming artists as well.
It's the home of the Sharks, Adobe and Mission Peak. Can you name the city?
San Jose got its start in 1777 with the arrival of the Spanish, but it didn't become a city until almost 100 years later. Since then, it has expanded greatly and is home to many famous people and revolutionary companies.
You can visit the Wallowa County Museum here. The city is very small, and it's nicknamed Lake City. Can you name the city?
Joseph is one tiny city. It has a small population of just over 1,000 people, but it's enough to have an airport close by! Did you know that there was a band named after the city?
If you're here, make sure to check out the Strawberry Festival. Clark Gable once owned a home here, and Silver Strand Beach is close by. What city is it?
Oxnard was once home to many Native American tribes before the arrival of the Spanish. Hundreds of years later, the area was named Oxnard as we know it to be today.
You can visit Carnegie Museum and the Hewlett-Packard head offices, and the Westfield Galleria is a big shopping mall in the area. Can you name the city?
At one time, Roseville was used heavily for traveling by train in the early 1900s. Molly Ringwald is also one of the city's most famous residents; she was born here in the '60s!
George Wilkie was born here, it's home to a rodeo and you can find the Kittitas County Farmer's Market. Can you name the city?
The city of Ellensburg is quite unique. You can catch an awesome event filled with Dachshunds in the city every year! It is also filled with many talented people when it comes to the arts.
George Lucas grew up here, you can stop by the Castle Air Museum and it's very wine-centric. What city is it?
Have you heard of the Gallo Family Winery? The winery and the Gallo family behind it has deep roots in Modesto since the winery's start in 1933. It's a great place to get a taste of the incredible city!
Bing Crosby was born here. It's called the "City of Destiny," and it was founded in the 1870s. What city is it?
While Tacoma can get snowfall, it's usually not very much. Maybe Bing was inspired by the green Christmases he might have experienced in his hometown when he sang the song "White Christmas!"
You may have visited the first McDonald's here or seen the start of the Hell's Angels. You may even know that Michael Reaves is from here. What is the city?
They call San Bernardino "The Heart of Southern California." After all, it is quite the city! It is filled with museums and history that dates back to the 19th century when the Spanish settled in the area.
This city has a high-heel shoe permit, Clint Eastwood once served as the mayor and you can get a glimpse of the Dennis the Menace Playground. What city is it?
Did you know that the first theater in California was constructed in Monterey? It's also know for its incredible Jazz Festival that attracts jazz fans from around the country and has been around for over 60 years!
Most children who live here speak a language other than English as their first. It's the birthplace of Peter Horton and where you'll find the Microsoft offices. Which city is it?
Bellevue, like Redmond, is known for a very big tech industry. In a visit to the city, you could visit the Expedia Offices or head over to see the folks at Unity. Then you could head over to take in the views at Lake Washington!
This city has a forest called the Petrified Forest, Dave Wilcox is from here and Donald Duck is a sports mascot. What city is it?
Eugene is a city in Oregon with the nickname Emerald Valley. Donald Duck is the mascot for the University of Oregon and is also called the Oregon Duck.
Sitting along the ocean, this city is also home to Balboa Park and where you can get a glimpse of the Cabrillo National Monument. Which city is it?
Despite being a beachy city, did you know that San Diego is also home to many farms? Farming is one of the biggest industries in the city, with avocados being one of the largest produced goods.
It's the capital of its state, it touches California and you can visit Lake Tahoe. What is the name of the city?
Carson City is the capital of Nevada, which it became after it was made an official city in the mid-1800s. Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake that adds to the beautiful scenery of the state.
You'll find the iconic "Planet Ocean" mural here and have a chance to soak up the sun for almost the entire year. The Queen Mary is found in the city too. Can you name the city?
When you think of Long Beach, you probably think of the beautiful waterfront that the city sits along. It is also one of the largest cities in the state of California, with plenty of entertainment value.
Here you'll find a famous pier and the offices of Hulu. It's also called SaMo. Which city is it?
Santa Monica is bordered by Los Angeles, meaning it could be a great place to get a glimpse of a celebrity. One good place to look is at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, where many celebrities go for a quick shopping trip.
You'll know it by its famous Space Needle and a vibrant market. Bill Gates also calls this place his hometown. Where is it?
Think you know how much the Space Needle cost to make? It was a hefty $4.5 million! It's a staple of the Seattle skyline, which makes the city easily recognizable. Have a look for it if you're ever passing by the city.
It became a city in 1906 and is the home of Steve Scott. You might know the mayor to be Debbie Stone. Can you name the city?
Upland is a fairly small city in terms of population, but it has a whole lot to offer. Like many other cities in California, agriculture is very important to it, especially when it comes to fruit.
Mel Blanc was from this city, Washington Park is easily accessible and the smallest park in the world is found here. Do you know what city it is?
Portland is a beautiful city in the state of Oregon, and if you're a beer lover, then this is one city you may want to visit. It is filled with many breweries for visitors to try out and enjoy.
The gold supply here was diminished by the early 1900s, it's inhabited by mostly military personnel and you can catch the famous Northern Lights here. What city is it?
Fairbanks is one of the largest cities in Alaska, and it is known for its beauty. Did you know that at one time Bob Ross called Fairbanks his home? His beautiful paintings were often inspired by the Alaskan landscape.
It was once known as Spokane Falls, it has a park known as Riverfront Park and "The Cutter" was filmed here. What is it?
Spokane is in Washington, and there is still a waterfall named Spokane Falls. You may even know that city better by its nickname, Lilac City!
It's a city that was part of Mexico at one time, has an underground garden and was the birthplace of Kevin Federline. Can you name the city?
After you finish your visit to the garden, you could always head over to the historical water tower. The city is also largely centered around agriculture, which is one of its largest industries.
You'll find Disneyland, Angel Stadium and the home of Gwen Stefani. Can you name the city?
If you're going to Anaheim, you'll have to make sure to fit Disneyland into your schedule! Did you know that this was the first of the Disney theme parks to be constructed?
Lake Merritt is a great place to relax, Tom Hanks grew up here and it's filled with gnomes. What city is it?
Oakland is filled with lots of history, such as the Thorsen House. The house can give a unique insight into the style and way of living in the early 1900s.
It's known for being the place people go to gamble, home of Caesar's Palace and what happens there, stays there. Can you name the city?
You might just feel like you're in "The Hangover" if you're partying in Las Vegas! Of course it is known for its unmatched entertainment scene, but did you know that it is also the brightest city on Earth that you can see from space?
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