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How Many States Can You Identify on a Completely Blank Map?

Think you know where most of the U.S. states are located? See if you can still pick them out when all of the state lines are gone!

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State #1

Think you know your U.S. state geography? We’ll start you off with an easy one. Which state is this thumbtack located in?

A. Florida

B. Georgia

C. Alabama

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Florida

It may look like it here, but Florida isn’t the southernmost state in the U.S. In the continental United States, it is, but don’t forget about Hawaii! Learn a fascinating fact about every state in America.

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State #2

This state contains towns named Wealthy, Oatmeal, and Looneyville.

A. New Mexico

B. Oklahoma

C. Texas

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Texas

As the second-biggest state in the country, Texas covers a lot of ground. Did you figure out that it was the home of this thumbtack? Here are some more of the funniest town names in the entire country.

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State #3

Can you identify this state? It’s where the highest temperature in the United States was ever recorded.

A. California

B. Nevada

C. Arizona

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California

This western state has the second longest coastline in the United States, behind only Alaska. It also holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded—Death Valley, California reached 134 degrees in summer 1913. Next, check out these 50 facts about the 50 states.

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State #4

This state is unique because its official flower is not a flower at all—it’s a pinecone.

A. Vermont

B. Maine

C. New Hampshire

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Maine

Maine is the northeastern-most state in the United States. It’s also the only state that shares a border with only one other! These are the facts about different U.S. states that people always get wrong.

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State #5

Following that up, what’s that one state Maine borders?

A. New Hampshire

B. Vermont

C. New York

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New Hampshire

Did you know that New Hampshire is one of only three states whose name contains the letter P? Seriously!

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State #6

Here’s a hint: this state’s nickname is “the Silver State.” If you’re interested in state nicknames, find out how every state got its nickname.

A. Utah

B. Nevada

C. Idaho

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Nevada

This state gets its nickname from the “silver rush” that sent prospectors flooding to it in 1853.

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State #7

Can you identify this southern state? Here’s a hint: it’s one of only two states that’s not divided into counties!

A. Alabama

B. Mississippi

C. Louisiana

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Louisiana

Louisiana can be fairly easy to identify because, with its borders, it resembles a giant letter L a little bit. Good for you if you were still able to recognize it with only the bottom of the L! Take our quiz to see how many other U.S. states you can identify by their nicknames.

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State #8

We bet you know what those bodies of water are. But do you know what state surrounds them?

A. Wisconsin

B. Michigan

C. Ohio

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Michigan

Know which Great Lake that is that divides Michigan? It’s Lake… wait for it… Michigan. Next, check out which U.S. State everyone always forgets.

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State #9

This northwestern state currently holds the world record for the most expensive hot dog.

A. Washington

B. Oregon

C. Idaho

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Washington

If you ever feel like dropping $169 on a dog—and not the kind that barks—check out the Tokyo Dog food truck in Seattle. Foie gras and black truffles are just some of its succulent toppings. Check out the most outrageous world record from every other U.S. state.

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State #10

Coca-Cola got its start in this southern state.

A. South Carolina

B. Tennessee

C. Georgia

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Georgia

Coca-Cola was invented by, of all people, a pharmacist, who created the syrup and brought it to his local pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia in 1886. Learn every other U.S. state’s most famous invention.

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State #11

This is the only state in the continental United States that doesn’t observe daylight savings time (aside from a Native American territory in the state, which does).

A. Utah

B. Arizona

C. New Mexico

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Arizona

Arizona is the only state in the United States whose name contains a letter Z. Can you figure out the only letter that never appears in any U.S. state name?

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State #12

This state has the nickname “the Sooner State” because settlers were in such a rush to enter the territory.

A. Kansas

B. Nebraska

C. Oklahoma

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma is easily recognizable with its famous “panhandle.” Nice job if you were able to identify it without it! Do you know the cheapest month of the year to visit each state?

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State #13

This state’s name comes from a Native American word meaning “at the great hill.”

A. Connecticut

B. Massachusetts

C. New York

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Massachusetts

You may have been able to identify the Bay State by its arm-like feature jutting out to the southeast. Perhaps you’ve even visited it, as Cape Cod is one of the most famous vacation spots in New England.

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State #14

This is the least populated state in America, but can you identify it in this label-free map?

A. Idaho

B. Wyoming

C. Nebraska

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Wyoming

With only 579,000 residents, the entire state of Wyoming has fewer people living in it than 31 of America’s most populous cities! Speaking of populous cities, test your knowledge of state capitals with our quiz.

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State #15

Here’s a hint: this state contains the geographical center of North America.

A. North Dakota

B. South Dakota

C. Montana

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North Dakota

Multiple towns have laid claim to the title of “center of the North American continent,” and all of them are in North Dakota. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the town where it is actually located is called Center, North Dakota. Perfect, no?

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State #16

This is the U.S. state where the largest number of presidents have come from. Do you know it?

A. South Carolina

B. Virginia

C. West Virginia

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Virginia

Eight Commanders-in-Chief were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

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State #17

This is a tricky one! So we’ll give you a hint: this state is where Fight Club takes place.

A. Maryland

B. New Jersey

C. Delaware

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Delaware

Delaware and Maryland both share the Delmarva Peninsula, but this thumbtack was located in the former. If you did well on this quiz, you definitely know your United States geography… but do you know these American geography facts you didn’t learn in school?

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine. She is a proud Hufflepuff and member of Team Cap.