As an American living abroad, I sometimes like to reminisce about my hometown and home country. I sometimes miss the wide open landscapes and endless green fields. There was a lot I was very lucky to have growing up and I’m happy to see that my hometown, which has been struggling for some time, is back on the rise with a lot of new initiatives meant to renew the downtown area.
Well, that wistful reminiscing made me think about vacation, or holiday for my brothers and sisters from across the pond, and of course I thought a small quiz on the silly and wonderful sites you can see on a road trip from coast to coast may help give you a few ideas on what to visit!
So, without further ado… test your knowledge of just some of the craziest and most beautiful sites on display in the US of A
Okay, this was the only freebie! All three answers are actually correct. A road by any other name, well it’s still the same road 🙂
We’ll start with a softball question (which is an idiomatic way in the U.S. of saying something intentionally easy). This historic road, which ran from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, was one of the first roads in the U.S. Highway System
Will Rogers Highway
Main Street of America
Boston, founded in 1630, is famous for its Boston Clam Chowder, also known as New England Clam Chowder. And, of course, it will always be known for the Boston Tea Party.
This city is one of the oldest in the US. Located on the East Coast in New England, it is known for its clam chowder and was the site of a number of historical events, including one involving the sacrifice of a number of cases of tea.
Believe it or not, Texas does not have the biggest Cowboy Hat ‘n’ Boots! That title goes to a little roadside attraction outside of Seattle, Washington.
In America, we like things big, our cars, our houses, even our roadside attractions, like the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” in Cawker City, Kansas (pictured above). Nowhere is this more true than in Texas, or so the saying goes. So, tell me, which of these “World’s Largest” roadside attractions won’t you find in Texas?
World’s Largest Roadrunner
World’s Largest Cowboy Hat ‘n’ Boots
World’s Largest Rattlesnake
Yep, even Las Vegas started from humble beginnings!
Above is a photo from the 1940s outside the Last Frontier, the second hotel to be built in this modern metropolis. Today, it’s known for its famous “Strip”, a TV series with an intro song performed by the Who, and of course a number of other things.
Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s as American as apple pie! And if you’ve never had any good, homemade apple pie, you don’t know what you’re missing!
No visit to the US will be quite as authentic without a nice cup of coffee and pancakes at a local diner for breakfast, or maybe a burger and a milkshake for lunch. Diners have become an American institution, and when something is so genuinely American, we like to say it’s “As American as…”
An Ice Cream Sundae
Chicago, Illinois: the Windy City. From its completion in 1973, and for the next 25 years, this 442.1 m tall giant was the tallest building in the world!
And while you’re about visiting, you should stop by the “Windy City” to see the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). For 25 years it was the tallest building in the world, and you can visit it in the same city where Al Capone, the infamous gangster, set up his criminal organization during prohibition. What city is that, again?
New York, New York
Los Angeles, California
The modern World Series started in 1903 and it was won by the Boston Americans (today known as the Boston Red Sox). If you didn’t get this right, don’t worry, I wouldn’t have guessed it either!
Of course, you just have to catch a game of “America’s pastime”, baseball. You may not be a fan of the sport, but it’s a whole new game when you’re in the stands. Hopefully you are a fan of the sport though, because this question is aimed at you… When was the first, modern, World Series of Baseball held? Bonus points if you can also tell us who won!
Okay, I admit, this was a bit of a trick question. Detroit is on the east side of Michigan, by Lake Erie. Lake Michigan is on the west side of Michigan, but it happily provides a beautiful view to Milwaukeeans and Chicagoans alike!
The Midwest may be a long way from the coast, but we do get to enjoy some beautiful beaches nonetheless. Just look at that image of Lake Michigan, just one of the Great Lakes on the US shared border with Canada. Which of these American cities isn’t on Lake Michigan?
Another trick question. It’s the Colorado River, but the Grand Canyon National Park is actually in Arizona!
For millions of years, the Colorado River has chiseled its way through layer after layer of geological history to form the Grand Canyon. If you were to go see the beautiful vistas at the Grand Canyon National Park, what state would you need to visit?
The Liberty Bell sounds like it belongs right there among all the other historical monuments in DC, but it’s actually located in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
If you find yourself on the East Coast anyway, why not stop by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and say “Hi” to the POTUS. Of course, there is one of these monuments you won’t find in Washington D.C. Which one is it?
The Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial
The Liberty Bell