Do You Know the Most, Biggest and Best of United States Geography?



By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Think you know Yellowstone from Death Valley? The continental United States of America covers nearly 3.8 million square miles of land. It stretches a massive 2,680 miles wide and 1,582 miles in length. As a sovereign state, it is the third largest country on Earth by area, following Russia and Canada. The U.S. is diverse in geography and climate, with both sprawling metropolises and vast uninhabited areas of forest and desert.   

America has high mountains, low basins and scorching hot deserts. There are thousands of miles of coastline to be found. Within U.S. territory, the climate ranges from subarctic to tropical. From the flat plains of the Midwest to the violent but beautiful volcanic terrain of Hawaii and other U.S. island territories, there is vast diversity when it comes to the geography of the United States of America. There is so much to see that it would be hard to see it all in person in a single lifetime. There is no denying the fascinating beauty to be found within the borders of America. 

If you are a geography buff who knows the biggest, baddest and best of what makes America a country unlike any other on Earth, then try your hand at this colossal quiz!  

What does the U.S. share with Canada?

The border separating the northern contiguous U.S. from southern Canada is the world's longest bi-national land border. It is more than 3,900 miles long. Then there's the Alaska-Canada border, at over 1,500 miles.


The five largest freshwater lakes in the U.S. are referred to as:

The five largest freshwater lakes stretch across the U.S.-Canadian border. They are Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie, Michigan and Ontario.


In which U.S. state is North America's largest gorge?

The Grand Canyon is North America's largest gorge. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.


Where is Mount Rushmore?

This massive sculpture was carved in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed in 1941, it depicts the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.


Which of these is the U.S. a part of?

The Ring of Fire is an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where the majority of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. It stretches along the west coast of the entirety of the Americas.


Where in North America is Denali?

Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain peak in North America. It has a summit elevation of over 20,000 feet.


Which of the contiguous U.S. states has the most coastline?

Florida is a peninsula which sticks out into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the southernmost contiguous U.S. state. Yes, Alaska has much more coastline than Florida, but it's not a contiguous state.


The largest saltwater lake in America is:

The Great Salt Lake of Utah is the largest saltwater lake in the entire Western Hemisphere. It is the eighth largest closed basin in the world.


Where is the lowest point in North America?

Badwater Basin can be found in Death Valley National Park in California. At 282 feet below sea level, it contains a small pool of undrinkable water.


The U.S. is one of the most ________ countries in the world.

There are over 160 active volcanoes in America. 55 are considered to be a threat to human life.


Which of these is the highest point in the contiguous United States?

This famous mountain sits in both Sequoia National Park and the Inyo National Forest in California. Its summit is at an elevation of over 14,500 feet.


Which is the longest river in the U.S.?

The longest river in the U.S. is the Missouri River, which stretches over 2,300 miles. It begins in Montana and joins the Mississippi River, forming the fourth longest river system on Earth.


Which is the largest freshwater lake in America?

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area. It is part of the eastern U.S.-Canadian border.


Which is the largest U.S. state by area?

The largest U.S. state by area is Alaska. It covers 663,268 square miles of land.


The world's tallest mountain, measured from base to summit, can be found in which U.S. state?

The tallest mountain in the world is Hawaii's Mauna Kea. When measured from the seafloor to the summit it stands over 33,000 feet tall, making it taller than Everest. However, the peak of Everest is at a higher point above sea level.


Which is the largest desert in the U.S.?

Of the deserts in the U.S., the Great Basin Desert is the largest. This cold desert takes up most of Nevada and parts stretch into the states surrounding it.


The hottest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was in which state?

The hottest place in America is Death Valley, California. On July 10, 1913, the temperature was 134 degrees Fahrenheit.


Crater Lake is one of the _______ lakes in the world.

Crater Lake is located in Oregon. At over 1,940 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the U.S. and one of the deepest lakes on Earth.


Which U.S. state stretches into the Eastern Hemisphere?

Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in America. Parts of it stretch into the Eastern Hemisphere and share a maritime border with Russia.


Are there U.S. states further south than Mexico?

Nearly a dozen U.S. states actually stretch south of the northernmost parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. These include New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Hawaii and Alabama.


The Gulf of Mexico is the world's __________ gulf.

The Gulf of Mexico is bordered by the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba. With over 3,000 miles of coastline, it is the world's largest gulf.


In which state is the United States' deepest gorge?

Hell's Canyon in Idaho is the deepest gorge in the U.S. It is nearly 8,000 feet or nearly 1.5 miles deep.


Which of these states has shoreline along the Great Lakes?

The state of Michigan is split by Lake Michigan. This is the only one of the Great Lakes that is entirely within the U.S.


The world's shortest river can be found in which state?

The Roe River in Montana is the world's shortest river. It is only 200 feet long.


Where can you find the largest glacier in North America?

Bering Glacier is North America's largest glacier. Located near the Gulf of Alaska, it gets smaller every year.


In which contiguous U.S. state can you find both some of the highest and lowest points in North America?

In California, you can find both Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous U.S., and Badwater Basin, the lowest point in all of North America. The two extremes are only about 100 miles apart.


Which of America's largest lakes has almost no life in it?

The Great Salt Lake is even saltier than the ocean. This Utah lake is so salty that no fish and only a few species can survive in it.


Is it possible to walk from the U.S. to Russia?

In the Bering Strait, the body of water between Alaska and Russia, there are two islands owned by the opposite countries which are only 2.5 miles apart. During cold winters, the water between them freezes, making it possible to walk between the two islands and countries.


Death Valley, the lowest point in America, is a part of which desert?

The Mojave Desert stretches between California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It is known for harsh temperatures and extreme elevations.


Which is the smallest U.S. state?

Rhode Island is the smallest state. It has an area of only 1,045 square miles.


Which is the longest mountain range in North America?

The Rocky Mountains form the longest mountain range in North America. Stretching over 3,000 miles, they are also the second-longest mountain range on earth.


Which is the tallest mountain range in America?

The Alaska Range is the highest mountain range in the U.S. It is home to Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.


The Great Lakes are so large that ,when combined, they contain how much of the world's surface freshwater?

The Great Lakes are the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world. Combined, their volume is about 20% of the world's total surface freshwater.


Which state has the most forest?

It is estimated that Maine is 89% timberland. New England is dense with forests, as New Hampshire and Vermont are also in the top five when it comes to above ground woody biomass, or trees.


Where can you find the highest volcano in America?

Mount Bona is the highest volcano in the U.S. and the 4th largest in North America. Its highest point is 16,550 feet tall.


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