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Geography of the United States

Quiz Questions

  1. Can you name the highest mountain peak in North America?
  2. Name the five West Pacific States?
  3. Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park are both in which state?
  4. The distinctive Cape Cod peninsula is in which American state?
  5. Which river is the longest in North America?
  6. Can you name the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains?

  7. Which state is the least populated?
  8. Washington DC is not a state and was established in 1790 from land belonging to which two states?
  9. Can you name the five Great Lakes? And which is the only one that is entirely within U.S. territory?
  10. Which city is the most populated city in the Southern United States, and the, fourth most populous in the USA?
  11. There are four time zones for the continental United States - name them?
  12. In which state are The Adirondack Mountains?
  13. New England is a region comprising six states in the northeastern United States - can you name the states?
  14. Death Valley is a valley in Eastern California in which desert?
  15. Which four American states border Mexico?
  16. Which mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border and a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, also gives its name to the most-visited national park in the USA?
  17. The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in which state?
  18. In 1870, what name was given to the first geyser to be named in Yellowstone National Park? And in which state is the park?
  19. At 7,000 feet above sea level, which city is the highest U.S. state capital?
  20. With its northern portion in Maryland and the southern part in Virginia, which bay is the largest estuary in the United States?
  21. Which salt water tidal estuary in New York City is actually not a river despite its name?
  22. Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in which mountain range?
  23. Name the only state capital with a population of more than one and a half million residents?
  24. What name is given to the natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of Florida?
  25. On March 27, 1980, a series of volcanic explosions came from which mountain in the State of Washington?
  26. Which state is the fourth-largest state by area and the eighth-least populated state?
  27. And finally, just for fun - which are the only two U.S. state capitals with rhyming names?


  1. Denali in Alaska (also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name)
  2. Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington
  3. California
  4. Massachusetts
  5. The Missouri River (139 miles longer than the Mississippi!)
  6. Mount Elbert
  7. Wyoming (Vermont is the second-least-populated)
  8. Maryland and Virginia
  9. Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario. Lake Michigan is entirely within U.S. territory.
  10. Houston
  11. Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific
  12. New York State
  13. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  14. Mojave Desert
  15. California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas
  16. The Great Smoky Mountains (the national aprk is The Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  17. Arizona
  18. Old Faithful (it is a highly predictable geothermal feature and has erupted every 2 hours since 2000). The park is in Wyoming.
  19. Santa Fe (New Mexico)

  20. Chesapeake Bay
  21. The East River
  22. Sierra Nevada
  23. Phoenix (Arizona)
  24. The Everglades
  25. Mount St. Helens
  26. Montana
  27. Boston and Austin