Can You Find All of These States on a Map?

By: Bambi Turner
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Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego? With her name, you might instantly think she's in California, but she could be in any of the other 49 states. From Hawaii in the Pacific to the tip of Maine, can you find all of the states on a map?

The history of America's states starts with the colonization by English settlers. When they first came over from England, they started colonizing the eastern coast. These areas would soon become the "thirteen colonies" that would go on to be the first states of the United States. Some of the first ones were Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina. With westward expansion, the country would grow from 13 states to 50.

With the first states joining the Union between 1787 and 1790, it would take 122 years for the United States to form its contiguous body from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It wasn't until 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union. 

The United States span thousands of miles wide. Can you find all of the states that fall within? While it might be easy to identify the newcomers of Alaska and Hawaii, can you figure out if Oregon is in the northwest or the midwest? Identifying the coastal states of California and Florida might be easy, but could you pinpoint where Kansas falls?

Put away those political maps and let's travel! From the large states like Texas to the small like Rhode Island, can you find all these states on a map? Let's find out!

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon and a surprising number of Native American reservations. It sits just north of Mexico, with Utah to the north, New Mexico to the east, and California and Nevada to the west.

Georgia was one of the 13 original colonies. Known as the Peach State, its capital is the city of Atlanta. Georgia sits just north of Florida and is sandwiched between Alabama and South Carolina.

The Gem State has its capital and largest population in Boise. It is located out west, with Montana and Wyoming to the east and Washington and Oregon to its west.

The boot-shaped Louisiana is south of Arkansas and north of the Gulf of Mexico. Its capital city is Baton Rouge, but New Orleans is the biggest city in the state.

The southeastern state of Alabama is located between Mississippi and Georgia. Montgomery is the state capital, while Birmingham is the largest city.

The mid-Atlantic state of Maryland sits between Pennsylvania to its north, Delaware to the east, and both Virginia and West Virginia to the west and south. The state's capital is the city of Annapolis, which is situated on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Cornhusker State is located on the Great Plains, with the city of Lincoln as its capital. South Dakota is to the north, Iowa to the east, and Kansas sits on the state's southern border.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation by area, and also one of the least densely populated. Massachusetts sits to the north and east, and Connecticut to the west.

Oklahoma comes form the Choctaw language, and means "red people." The capital is Oklahoma City, and the state is sandwiched between Texas and Kansas.

New York was one of the 13 original colonies, and is the fourth most populous state in the US today. Albany is the capital, but much of the population lives around New York City. Known as the Empire State, New York sits between Pennsylvania and the Canadian border.

The Sunshine State is south of Alabama and Georgia, with the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Tallahassee is the capital city, but Jacksonville is the state's population center.

Arkansas is home to both the Ozark Mountains and the Timberlands -- a pine-filled forest. Known as the Natural State, Arkansas is surrounded by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi. Little Rock is the state's capital and largest city.

Maine is bordered by only one other state -- New Hampshire to the west and southwest. To the north of Maine is Canada, and to the east is the Atlantic Ocean. Augusta is the capital, with Portland as the largest city.

Known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina's capital city is Columbia and its largest city is Charleston. North Carolina is to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean is on the state's eastern coast.

Missouri, nickamed The Show Me State, is located almost in the center of the U.S. Its capital city of Jefferson City sits on the Missouri River, while the Mississippi River runs along the eastern border of the state.

The largest state in the U.S., Alaska also happens to be the third least populous. Known as The Last Frontier, it's west of Canada and surrounded by Arctic waters.

The Keystone State of Pennsylvania is home to the Appalachian Mountains. Its capital city is Harrisburg, though Philadelphia is the biggest population center. The state borders New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

Situated on an archipelago in the Pacific, in 1959, Hawaii was the 50th state to join the U.S. Its capital is Honolulu, while its largest metro area is the island of Oahu.

New Hampshire is both one of the smallest and least populous states. Its motto is Live Free or Die, and its capital city is Concord.

Oregon is home to two major rivers -- the Columbia River, which runs near the northern border, and the Snake River, which runs along the eastern border. Its capital city is Salem, but Portland is the largest metro area.

The name Michigan is derived from the French language, and roughly translates to "large water." It's the largest state east of the Mississippi and its capital city is Lansing.

The midwest state of Indiana is bordered by Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and Illinois to the west. It's nickname is The Hoosier State.

New Jersey is situated in the northeast U.S., with New York to the north, Pennsylvania to the west and the Atlantic ocean to the east. It's known as the Garden State, and its capital is Trenton.

The midwest state of Ohio is known as the Buckeye State, and its capital city is Columbus. It's located south of the Great Lakes, east of Indiana and west of Pennsylvania.

The New England state of Connecticut, nicknamed the Constitution State, is surrounded by Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. Its capital is Hartford, and Bridgeport is the largest metro area.

Tennessee is home to the Appalachian Mountains on the east and the Mississippi River along the western border. It is bordered by a large number of states, including North Carolina to the east, Arkansas and Missouri to the west and Kentucky and Virginia to the north.

Virginia is home to both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay. Known as the Old Dominion State, its capital city is Richmond and it is located between Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

The very sparsely populated state of North Dakota is sandwiched between South Dakota and the Canadian border. Its capital is Bismarck and Fargo is its biggest population center.

Located in the Pacific northwest, Washington is bordered by Oregon, Idaho and Canada. Its capital is Olympia, and Seattle is the largest city in the state.

Montana gets its name from the Spanish word for "mountain." The state is located near Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota, and its capital city is Helena.

The fifth most populous state in the U.S., Illinois is a midwest state located south of Wisconsin and east of Iowa and Missouri. Its capital city is Springfield, but Chicago is by far the biggest city in the state.

Known as the Bluegrass State, Kentucky's biggest city is Louisville. The state's southern border forms the northern border to Tennessee.

Named for the Dakota Indians, South Dakota borders six U.S. states, including Minnesota, Iowa, Montana and Wyoming. Pierre is the capital and Sioux Falls is the largest city.

Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is bordered by Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Charleston is its capital city.

Known as the Green Mountain State, Vermont is bordered by Canada to the north, Massachusetts to the south, New York to the west and New Hampshire to the east.

Massachusetts sits along the Atlantic Ocean, and is bordered by Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont. Boston is the largest city in the state.

Known as the Equality State, Wyoming's capital city is Cheyenne. It is bordered to the west by Idaho, to the north by Montana, to the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, and to the south by Colorado.

The fifth largest state by area and the 47th to join the U.S., New Mexico is one of the least densely populated in the country. Its capital is Santa Fe, and its biggest city is Albuquerque.

Wisconsin's capital city is Madison, and Milwaukee is the state's largest city. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south and the Great Lakes to the north and east.

The second smallest state, Delaware is bordered by Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nicknamed the First State, its capital is Dover and its largest city is Wilmington.

The Sunflower State is bordered by Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri. Its capital is Topeka and its biggest city is Wichita.

Known as the Magnolia State, Mississippi shares its western border with the mighty Mississippi River. Jackson is both the state capital and its largest city.

Utah is bordered to the north by Idaho, to the west by Nevada, to the east by Colorado and to the south by Arizona. Salt Lake City is its capital, and most of the state's population lives nearby.

Known for its nickname, First in Flight, North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. Its capital is Raleigh, but its most populous city is Charlotte.

The Golden State is the most populous state in the U.S. It's bordered by Oregon to the north and Nevada and Arizona to the east.

Home to the Rocky Mountains and known as the Centennial State, Colorado is bordered by Utah, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico. Denver is both the capital and largest city.

Nevada is bordered along its western border by California. Its capital city is Carson City, but it's better known for gambling towns like Reno and Las Vegas.

The second-largest state by both area and population, Texas is bordered by Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The Rio Grande separates Texas from Mexico.

Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is bordered by the Dakotas to the west, Canada to the north, Wisconsin to the east and Iowa to the south. Its capital is St. Paul and Minnesota is its largest city.

Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River to the west. Des Moines is its capital city.

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