Where in the U.S. Are These Well-Known Signs?


By: J.P. Naomi

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

What jogs our memory, points our direction and ignites excitement in our hearts? Signs, of course!

All across the United States, signs point the way - sometimes to where we seek and sometimes to where we find. Whether we're headed to a sporting event, famous restaurant, historical landmark or national park, all it takes is one sign and we know ... we've arrived. So tell us, do you have what it takes to recognize some of the most popular signs throughout the United States? 

Throughout history, many signs have come and gone. Others have been upgraded or modernized, and still others have remained the same year after year. And there's something special about these OGs. Original signs, like Nathan's Famous hot dog stand or the entrance to Lambeau Field, do more than just direct you, they incite emotions that people of all generations know and share - excitement, nostalgia and pride. 

From Hollywood to the Gateway Arch and Randy's Donuts to Bourbon Street, we've got the nation covered, and only the most well-traveled will ace this quiz. Are you ready to coast along Route 66 as we cross the country to find these signs? If you can tell us where they are located, it might just be a sign that you are very smart.

Nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation and headquarters of the famous Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall and its famous sign are found in which city?

Did you know that Radio City Music Hall was built in the early 1930s? The tall signs bearing the hall's name are each 90 feet in height.


It represents hope and opportunity to aspiring actors everywhere. In which city can you find the Hollywood sign?

Did you know that the Hollywood sign, located on Mount Lee in Los Angeles, was originally created as a real estate advertisement? It originally read "Hollywoodland." Standing 45 feet tall and stretching 352 feet wide, the sign was designated as a historic-cultural monument in 1973.


Known for crawfish, jazz and beads, which city are you in if you see the sign for Bourbon Street?

Did you know that most of the streets in New Orleans are named for French royal houses and Catholic saints? Bourbon Street was named for France's ruling family from the 16th to 18th centuries, the House of Bourbon.


If you see the Pike Place Market sign and fish flying over the countertop, where are you?

The famous red Public Market Center sign was erected in 1907 and is home to one of the oldest public farmers' markets in the United States. Did you know it is also the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world?


You've driven across the country for that photo in front of the Grand Canyon National Park sign. In which state are you?

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is so large, it stretches over two counties? Located in Coconino and Mohave counties, the Grand Canyon receives about six million visitors each year - that's a lot of photos in front of the sign!


Pier 39 is home to street performers and the Aquarium of the Bay. In which city will you see the sign?

Follow the sign to Pier 39, and you're in for a big treat. On Pier 39, you can shop, eat, play and even see some major San Francisco attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge.


In which city can you find the Graceland sign, located at 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.?

Elvis Presley bought Graceland for just $102.500. Of course, he added custom decor and many amenities, including two swimming pools, a wrought-iron gate and a racquetball court.


Where Seventh Street meets Wabash Avenue, in which state can you find the "Welcome to the Crossroads of America" sign?

The official motto of the state of Indiana, "Crossroads of America" references the days of cross-country travel by horse and buggy. In the early 1900s, the nation's two major thoroughfares servicing east-west and north-south met in Indiana.


Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. preached here. In which city will you find the Ebenezer Baptist Church sign?

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, with his father, Martin Luther King Sr., from 1960 to 1968? Both the sign and the church are a tribute to their lives and legacy.


If you visit the nation's first state, situated along the East Coast, you'll see the sign that says, "Welcome to" which state?

Every state has their own highway welcome sign, but only one can boast the words "The First State." Until 2015, Delaware also used to describe their state as a "Small Wonder" on their welcome sign - referencing their size and contributions to the nation.


Monarch Pass, Loveland Pass and Independence Pass are Continental Divide signs found in which U.S. state?

The Great Continental Divide runs from the Bering Sea down to the Strait of Magellan. Did you know there is also a Continental Divide Trail - the scenic route, if you will - for those brave enough to conquer the length of the trail within the United States?


In which city can you drive along the Miracle Mile and catch sight of the famous Ghost Ranch Lodge & Restaurant sign?

Lined with hotels, gas stations and restaurants, the Miracle Mile of downtown Tucson, Arizona, is no stranger to neon, Western imagery and historic signs. The Ghost Ranch Lodge & Restaurant is now the Ghost Ranch Lodge Apartments, though the half-lit neon sign remains.


Welcome to Walmart! In which city can you find the official Walmart headquarters sign?

Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. The company's headquarters is located in Bentonville, Arkansas. With more than 11,000 stores worldwide, the company's blue, white and yellow-sun signs have been in use since 2008.


Dreams do come true, especially when you see the official "Field of Dreams" sign, located in which state?

A smash box office hit of the late 1980s, "Field of Dreams" was filmed in Dubuque County, Iowa, on the property of Don Lansing. Since the success of the film, the field has become a popular tourist attraction, seeing close to 100,000 visitors per year.


The Will Rogers Memorial Highway, better known by its Route 66 signs, passes by his museum in which of these states?

Will Rogers was a famous comedian, and his memorial museum is located in Claremore, Oklahoma. His memorial highway is also known as the Mother Road, Main Street of America and Route 66. It covers nearly 2,500 miles, from Chicago to Santa Monica. Route 66 travels through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and California.


In which state will we find you beaming at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign?

Located at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, this famous sign was designed by Betty Willis and built in 1959. Did you know it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2009?


In which New England state must you be if you see the words "Live Free or Die" on a welcome sign or license plate?

Did you know the New Hampshire state legislature voted in 1971 to replace the word "Scenic" with "Live Free or Die" on state license plates? While some drivers don't appreciate driving around with the word "Die" on their cars, many New Hampshire residents feel proud and independent.


In which city can you find the "Welcome to Lambeau Field" sign?

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers and known as the "Frozen Tundra," is the oldest, longest-running stadium in the National Football League. The stadium's entrance sign is a reminder to all who enter that this city is rich in history, pride and, most importantly, championships.


Located 1,561 miles from New York and 1,561 miles from San Francisco, which city features the "Midway, U.S.A." sign?

Remember the phrase "World's Fair or Bust"? In 1939, the Saturday Evening Post featured two cars departing in opposite directions from Kinsley, Kansas - Midway, U.S.A. They were each headed 1,561 miles to the World's Fair - one in New York and the other in San Francisco.


Looking for some Chunky Monkey or Phish Food, all signs lead to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in which city?

No matter how much snow or how much foliage there may be in Waterbury, there are always green pastures and blue skies at the Ben & Jerry's Factory, open seven days a week, 362 days per year. Keep your eye out for the cows and head on in for your guided tour.


In which city, known as the heart of the American theater industry, can you find a Broadway street sign and know you've "made it"?

Did you know that Broadway travels 33 miles, from lower Westchester County in the north to the Bronx in the south? Its most famous stretch is in Times Square, the epicenter of 41 theaters and endless dreams.


In which city will you see the sign leading to the Civil Rights Memorial Center, a tribute to the struggles and people who fought for civil rights?

Opened in 1989, the Civil Rights Memorial commemorates the lives of individuals who were killed in the name of equality for all. Known as the Civil Rights Martyrs, they include John Earl Reese, Willie Brewster and Cynthia Wesley.


Because the sign tells you so in this college town, where are you expected to "Play Like a Champion Today"?

The University of Notre Dame has used this motto since the mid-1980s, but did you know that the University of Oklahoma has been using it since the 1940s? Both teams enjoy the tradition of touching their version of the sign as they head down the tunnel onto the field. So what happens when they play each other?


Near which U.S. city can you find the welcome sign for Jefferson's Monticello?

Located near Charlottesville, Monticello was Thomas Jefferson's tobacco and crop plantation, rich in architecture and design. Approximately 130 slaves were required to run the plantation during Jefferson's lifetime.


All signs point to Glacier National Park, stretching across one million acres of land in which state?

Did you know that Glacier National Park contains two mountain ranges and more than 130 lakes? With nearly three million visitors to the park each year, it's a good thing there are seven entrances - with signs.


Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker hung his first "Nathan's Famous" sign in 1916. Can you name its location?

Not a beach but a commercial neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, Coney Island is home to the first world-famous Nathan's hot dog stand. Its first restaurant remains today, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.


Ready for the Derby? Follow the sign to Churchill Downs in which city to place your bets?

Since 1875, Louisville, Kentucky, has been the home of Churchill Downs and site of the Kentucky Derby. Did you know that more than 150,000 people file in for the Derby every year? That's a lot of eyes on the sign, we mean prize!


Along Ochre Point Avenue, in which city can you find the Breakers mansion welcome sign? Or shall we say gate?

Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1895, the Breakers mansion features 70 rooms on 14 acres of land. As if the 30-foot-high entrance gate isn't noticeable, the famous entrance sign directs visitors through the appropriate doors.


In which city can you find this plaque for the Gateway Arch, representing the national passageway from East to West?

Did you know that the Gateway Arch is the tallest arch in the world? It was built to commemorate the expansion of the United States from East to West. It is located in St. Louis, Missouri, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.


Which large city borders Beverly Hills, 90210, known for its wealthy homes and fancy shops along Rodeo Drive?

Beverly Hills is located between Los Angeles and West Hollywood. The city's welcome sign was featured in the opening credits of the hit television drama "Beverly Hills, 90210," which aired from 1990 to 2000.


Alaska's first city is also known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." Where can you find this sign?

Ketchikan, Alaska, is not just the Salmon Capital of the World, it is also in competition to be the rain capital of the world. Did you know that the city sees more than 150 inches of rain each year? The famous welcome sign stretches across Mission Street on Revillagigedo Island.


In which city can you find this Wright Brothers National Memorial plaque?

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located at the top of Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina. It was on Kill Devil Hill where the Wright brothers conducted many of their glider tests before taking their inaugural flight in 1903.


You're driving along when you come upon the Idaho Potato Museum sign. Where are you?

Because why wouldn't you want to visit a potato museum? The famous Idaho Potato Museum of Blackfoot, Idaho, opened in 1988 and sees thousands of visitors each year. Did you know that the museum is home to the world's largest potato crisp (not chip), measuring 25 by 14 inches?


The sign for Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs since 1914, can be seen on the North Side of which U.S. city?

The Wrigley Field sign includes an information marquee as well as the words "Home of the Chicago Cubs." Did you know that the Chicago Bears played football there until 1970?


It has been the largest mall in the United States since 1992. In which city will you find the Mall of America sign?

Did you know that the original Mall of America entrance sign was replaced during the 2014 expansion project? Since then, the mall has seen the construction of a new hotel and a new parking garage, as well as plans for an indoor water park.


In which city, famous for its hotels and casinos, can you find the sign that reads "The Biggest Little City in the World"?

Ever wonder why Reno is nicknamed "The Biggest Little City in the World"? It was Reno's way of competing with the big cities, such as New York City and Chicago, in the early 1900s. The "city" hoped to attract new residents, despite its lack of skyscrapers, population and public transportation systems.


In which city can you find the massive Randy's Donuts sign?

Randy's Donuts was founded in 1953 by Russell Wendell. Did you know that the Randy's Donuts sign is so large, it can be seen from planes landing at the Los Angeles airport? The iconic sign measures 32 feet in diameter. In 2019, it was temporarily repainted blue and gold to celebrate the Rams' participation in the Super Bowl.


In which city can you find this LeBron James banner?

If you knew this was a trick question, give yourself some bonus points. Up until October 2018, you COULD find this banner in Cleveland. But guess what happened when Lebron signed with the Los Angeles Lakers? The banner came down.


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