Can You Pass This Difficult North American Geography Quiz?


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About This Quiz

You're minding your own business when your parents decide to spring it on you: a road trip is going to be had, and many family memories are going to like it. Even if you're in a family that gets along (most of the time) there's always that one day everyone dreads. If you have siblings, the invisible line marking your side of the car gets crossed (usually by them), the rest stop feels like it's light years away, and you're stuck listening to whatever your parents find on the radio (which is somehow always the opposite of what you'd typically listen to). 

But the road trip we're talking about is with your friends, some good tunes, and adventure. We know you're wondering where we're going. First, we're heading into Kansas to see the World's Largest Ball of Twine. This ball donated to Cawker City, Kansas weighs over 10,000 pounds and is continually growing. Just kidding! We're going to travel across the U.S. and take some time to take in some landmarks. Hopefully, you can remember where they are because we're going to be too preoccupied driving.

It's time to fasten your seatbelts and get ready to take this geometry quiz!

Which U.S. state is home to the Grand Canyon?

One of the tall tales of Paul Bunyan discusses the creation of the Grand Canyon. After a snowstorm Paul needed some firewood. As he was returning exhausted, he let his ax drag along the ground, creating the Grand Canyon.


In which midwestern U.S. city is "The Bean" located in?

Even though it looks like a solid silvery bean, "Cloud Gate" (The Bean's real name) has a hollow construction made of a wooden frame and beams. This support system helps the statue maintain its shape, which comes in handy during Chicago's weather.


The Everglades are found in which U.S. state?

If you are a fan of the television show "Dexter," the Everglades should sound VERY familiar to you. Because of the massive size of the Everglades, Dexter was able to use the waterway to give his victims a watery grave.


Which is the federal capital city of Canada?

While there are larger and more popular cities in the country, Ottawa is the capital of Canada. It has been the capital of the country since 1867, when the country of Canada was officially founded.


Which U.S. state can claim the Statue of Liberty as theirs?

Housed on Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty stands over 300 feet tall. During a restoration project in 1986, the dented and distorted flame on Lady Liberty's torch got a little bit of a makeover: it got covered in thin sheets of 24K gold.


How many countries are in North America?

North America is home to a total of 23 different countries. While there are many countries, most of the land area of North America is occupied by the USA, Canada and Mexico.


Yellowstone National Park has visitors year round. What state is it in?

Contrary to popular belief, an eruption doesn't happen every hour. Because the eruptions vary in length (between a minute and a half to five minutes) Old Faithful may take over an hour to rebuild the pressure required to erupt.


How many oceans border North America?

There are four oceans in the world and three of them border North America. The oceans that border the continent are the Pacific Ocean, the ​Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. The Indian Ocean is the only one that does not. Fun fact: Most countries, the USA included, now recognize the Southern (Antarctic) as the fifth ocean.


Which city in California is home to the Golden Gate Bridge?

The deep orange color that covers the Golden Gate Bridge is called International Orange. Other color options included carbon gray, a silvery aluminum, black, and the Navy requested a black bridge with yellow stripes.


The Las Vegas Strip is a playground for all ages. Which U.S. state is it located in?

The Flamingo, formerly named The Fabulous Flamingo, is the oldest operating casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It was opened by Bugsy Siegal on December 26, 1946, with a grand opening cost of $6 million, which was considered pretty lavish at the time.


What U.S. state is Mount Rushmore located in?

Ever wonder how the presidents got selected for Mount Rushmore? Washington symbolized the nation's beginnings, Jefferson symbolized growth and expansion of the country, Roosevelt symbolized conservation, and Lincoln symbolized preservation of the Union at all costs.


What is the largest mountain range in North America?

The Rocky Mountains are not only the largest mountain range in North America, but they are among the largest on the planet. They stretch from Canada, all the way into New Mexico. The range runs 3,000 miles.


Whale watching can be done in Acadia National Park, located in this U.S. state:

If hiking is your thing, Acadia National Park houses several different hiking paths with varying levels of difficulty. A favorite strenuous trail among hikers, Acadia Mountain Trail, is two and a half miles long and takes you 700 foot climb up Acadia Mountain.


In 1999, the Space Needle became a historical landmark. Where is it located?

Coffee fiends rejoice! Seattle is not only the home of the Space Needle, but it is the birthplace of one of America’s most popular coffeehouses: Starbucks. in 2018 there were almost 15,000 stores in the U.S. and 27,0000 stores in the world.


The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located in which U.S. state?

When planning your work out at the amphitheater, there are some rules that need to be followed. Off-trail hiking or rock climbing is prohibited, and if caught, you could end end up with an arrest on your record.


Which one of these massive cities has the highest population?

While there are many large cities in North America, none are bigger than Mexico City. Mexico City has a population of nearly 9 million, but once you add in the metropolitan area, that population goes up to more than 21 million.


Which U.S. state houses Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson?

In addition to writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was also obsessed with the weather. Twice a day, he would check an outdoor thermometer and log its temperature as well as plant growth.


In which U.S. city is the Liberty Bell located in?

While you're in Philadelphia, make sure you try a Philly Cheesesteak. What's in a Philly Cheesesteak? Start with a long roll, slice it in half, and add thinly sliced rib-eye steak. Add some cheese, fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, or just ketchup.


Which large North American country is actually the largest island in the world?

Greenland is by far the largest island on the planet. It is more than 830,000 square miles in size and is largely covered by ice. While it is part of North America, it is politically and culturally associated with Europe.


The Kentucky Derby is held in which Kentucky, USA city?

If you're planning on attending the Kentucky Derby, be prepared to dress up. Gentlemen, you'll have to break out your suits and ties and ladies, you'll be expected to wear a simple dress. Why simple? You don't want to detract from your hat!


The Ozark Mountains resides in which of these U.S. states?

Even though the Netflix series "Ozark" takes place in Missouri, the Ozarks stretch over four states: Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. If you're traveling in the Ozarks and want a unique experience check out a houseboat rental.


If you visit The Gateway Arch, what city are you in?

The Gateway Arch celebrates the pioneering spirit that explored the west and stands 63 miles tall, making it America's tallest man-made monument. Once at the top, enjoy the view that on a clear day can be between 30 and 40 miles east or west.


Which Caribbean country has the largest population?

While the Dominican Republic and Haiti and are a close second and third, Cuba is the most populous country in the Caribbean. The country has a population of about 11 million people.


Which U.S. state is home to Glacier National Park?

Do you like camping? If so, check out Glacier National Park in the winter, where winter camping is permitted. Grab your friends, some water (even though you're surrounded by snow, the water isn't drinkable), and your gear and have some fun!


Where can you find the USS Arizona, a ship destroyed in WWII?

Sunk on the spot during Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the USS Arizona is located underwater. The only way to get to get to the boat itself is to take a ferry from the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center.


Do you know the name of the capital city of Mexico, which was once known as Tenochtitlan?

Not only is it the largest city in the country, Mexico City is also the capital of Mexico. It is one of the largest and most populous cities on the planet and also one of the most productive, according to GDP.


Which U.S. city houses Arlington National Cemetery, home of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is an inspiring thing to see. Every hour, soldiers in uniform armed with bayoneted rifles take a 21 step walk and place their rifles on the shoulder closest to the audience to protect the tomb.


Crater Lake formed when a volcano collapsed on itself. Where is it located?

Swimming is allowed in designated areas and will definitely wake you up on a summer's day. If by chance you end up with water in your mouth, feel free to gulp it down. Crater Lake is considered one of the cleanest lakes in the world.


What is the tallest human-made structure in North America?

The CN Tower was the largest free-standing structure on the planet up until 2007. It is still the largest in North America and the Western Hemisphere as a whole, as it stands over 1800 feet tall.


Where in the U.S. can you find Atlantic City, home of America's first boardwalk?

If you're a Steve Buschemi fan, you'd recognize Atlantic City as the backdrop for "Boardwalk Empire." Set in the 1920s, the series centers around Nucky Thompson, a racketeer and his colleagues as they dodge the law.


Which of these cities is a top Spring Break destination?

Just like many resort towns, South Padre Beach doesn't stop the partying after Spring Break. You could catch a concert, take a nature walk, or have a day of pampering at a spa. The choice is yours!


Canada is the ____ largest country on the planet by area.

While its population is only about 25 million or so, Canada is actually the second-largest country on the planet by area. It is nearly 10 million square kilometers (almost 4 million miles), counting both water and land area.


Where can you see the northern lights?

Be sure to head to Alaska to see the northern lights during the spring, fall, or winter months, which is prime viewing weather. Because they are a natural occurrence and don't appear all the time, spending a few days in the area is ideal.


The Murrah Federal Building is part of a memorial for a bombing that claimed 168 lives. What city is it in?

Developed by two businessmen on their morning jog, The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon started in 2001. Today, it is one of the memorial's biggest fundraisers and it brings in people from all over the world to celebrate the lives of those lost.


Where could you visit the birthplace of Edgar Allen Poe?

Someone in the NFL must have loved Edgar Allen Poe's work because in 1996 the Baltimore Ravens joined the league. The team got its name from one of Edgar Allen Poe's most prolific poems "The Raven."


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