Can You Name These U.S. States From an Outline in 7 Minutes?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
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About This Quiz

Do you know all of your U.S. states? Could you recognize and name them from an outline of their shapes? During this quiz, you will get the chance to prove your geography whiz status. If you can name all 40 of the states we present, you deserve a gold star! 

With 50 states, the United States offers nearly every landscape you could imagine. From rolling plains to deserts to rugged, mountainous regions, each U.S. state has a different set of characteristics. However, all we are asking you to do is to identify the state from the outline we give you. We promise not to venture into any specific territories that might distract you. 

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a map to assist you, we think you'll stand a better shot at impressing yourself by using only your memory and your internal knowledge of U.S. geography. Never fear! If you get stuck, we have provided you with a hint that you can use anytime you feel like you need it. 

How many states do you think you can identify? Set a goal for yourself, and start the quiz. We're quite confident that you will do better than you might think! Are you ready?

As the 49th state in the union, Alaska offers the most unique landscape of all the U.S. states. With mountainous glaciers and unexplored wilderness, it is a favorite of survivalists.

In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to join the union. With beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, Hawaii's volcanic landscape is a worldwide tourist destination.

Home to the world famous music city of Nashville, Tennessee entered the U.S. union in 1796. You can even find Elvis Presley's home if you venture down to Memphis.

Florida is more than just a state that entered into the union, it is actually a peninsula. It is surrounded by water on three sides and attracts visitors from all over the world.

In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to enter the union. Often called the Lone Star State, Texas is the biggest state in the continental U.S.

Most famous for being a casino capital of the world, Nevada is home to cities like Reno and Las Vegas. It became a state on Halloween of 1864.

On September 9, 1850, California officially became a U.S. state. One side completely borders the Pacific ocean, and the other borders majestic mountains and stunning deserts.

Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes and it borders four of the seven Great Lakes. It is known for its auto manufacturing and musical wonders like Motown.

Massachusetts was one of the founding states, entering the union in 1788. Steeped in history, the state has a population of over six million. Visitors to Massachusetts can follow the path of Paul Revere's ride.

With a population of over 12 million, Pennsylvania boasts cities like Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Historical sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell make it a national treasure.

New York has been a member of the union since 1788. From New York City to Niagara Falls, New York has a lot of interesting destinations to offer.

Nicknamed the Sooner State, Oklahoma entered statehood in 1907. As of 2017, it had a population of nearly four million Sooners.

Situated along the Atlantic coastline, Maine's rugged cliffs are nothing short of stunning. Maine entered the union of states in 1820.

With a population of only 1.7 million, Idaho offers a lot for wilderness lovers. Set in the Rocky Mountains, Idaho entered statehood in 1890.

Not to be confused with West Virginia, Virginia entered statehood in 1788. From the Appalachian mountains to the Atlantic coastline, Virginia certainly is for lovers.

Situated in the Great Plains, Nebraska entered statehood in 1867. The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln.

In August on 1821, Missouri entered the union. Missouri sits as the Gateway to the West and features stunning plains, as well as the Ozark Mountains.

A true plains state, Wyoming entered statehood in 1890. Popular landmarks like Old Faithful make it a great family-oriented vacation destination.

South Dakota is home to the American landmark of Mt. Rushmore. Sitting in the middle of the Great Plains, the state is full of rich native American history. It entered statehood in 1889.

Arizona entered statehood in 1912. With a population of over seven million, Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State.

In 1788, Georgia was the fourth state to enter the union. From stunning coastlines to fertile farm country, Georgia offers any lifestyle a new southerner might be seeking.

The state of Maryland made it official and joined the union in 1788. It's home to cities like Baltimore and Annapolis. Maryland's coastal location makes it famous for its crabs.

Folks have been able to grab a great cup of coffee in Washington since it entered statehood in 1889. Also called the Evergreen State, Washington is home to over seven million residents.

From Atlantic coastlines to towering mountains, the North Carolina landscape has a lot to offer. North Carolina entered the union in 1789, and it's home to the Queen City of Charlotte.

In 1863, West Virginia became an official U.S. state. West Virginia is the only state that sits completely in the Appalachian Mountains.

On November 2, 1889, North Dakota was given official statehood. The name "Dakota" comes from a division of the Sioux. The state's capital is Bismarck.

In 1859, Oregon entered the U.S. as the 33rd state. Nicknamed the Beaver State, Oregon is home to over four million people.

Nicknamed Little Rhody, Rhode Island measures about 1,214 square miles. It was adopted into statehood in 1790.

Arkansas officially became a state in 1836. Although Arkansas sits in the South, the state bird is the northern mockingbird.

With the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa has a population of 3.14 million. Iowa entered the union in 1846 as the 29th state.

Nicknamed the Centennial State, Colorado entered statehood in 1876. The state's capital of Denver sits one mile above sea level.

Montana is considered to be part of the Great Plains because of its location. However, it also highlights majestic mountain peaks and wide open landscapes that keep visitors coming back for more.

The southern state of Alabama was inducted into the union in 1819. During the '60s, Alabama served as the headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nicknamed the Bluegrass State, Kentucky sits on the border of Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana. Kentucky entered statehood in 1792 and is famous for being the home of the Kentucky Derby.

A true jewel of New England, Connecticut entered the union in 1788. The capital of Connecticut is Hartford, the state's fourth-largest city.

In January 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state added to the union.

Ohio entered statehood in 1803. It borders Lake Erie, and it's home to three famous C cities - Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

South Carolina is home to one of the East Coast's most beloved beaches - Myrtle Beach. It has been a member of the union since 1788.

Since 1812, Louisiana has been a U.S. state. Along with shorelines and bayous, Louisiana is home to the popular tourist destination of New Orleans.

Also called the Hoosier State, Indiana has been a state since 1816. Although it is known for its car racing, the state flower is the unsuspecting peony.

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