Known also as 'the rose of winter', the Camellia was named for Alabama's state flower in 1959, the evergreen flower is beloved for its beauty and revered for its ability to bloom in colder months.
Among the largest and most intriguing creatures in the world, Grizzly bears roam throughout inland Alaska, feasting on its abundant supply of protein-heavy salmon. There are an estimated 55,000 Grizzly bears in North America, 30,000 of which are found in Alaska.
Easily Arizona’s most distinguishable feature, the Grand Canyon is a geological marvel that stretches 277 miles long – bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. At its widest point, it's 18 miles across, but if you want to drive from one side to the other, be prepared for a 215 mile journey.
The Apple Blossom was named the Arkansas state flower in 1901, when the state was America's top apple producer. Apple crops are less prevalent in Arkansas today, but the love of the fruit lives on; the Arkansas Apple Festival is held in Lincoln every fall.
Rising 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is the most iconic attraction in California’s Yosemite National Park. It is smoothly rounded on three sides with a vertical face on the fourth, making it appear like a dome cut in half. Permits are required for those brave enough to attempt the strenuous hike to the top.
Nicknamed America's Mountain for inspiring "America the Beautiful," Pike's Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It's also one of Colorado's best-known "fourteeners" – otherwise known as hikes that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation.
The Pinchot Sycamore is not only the largest tree in Connecticut, it's also one of the oldest living things in America – estimated to be close to 500 years old. The tree, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, measures more than 28 feet around the trunk and 100 feet tall.
On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution. According to an account from the National Archives, "Delaware's speediness thwarted Pennsylvania's attempt to be the first."
The vast majority of America's oranges come from Florida, yet oranges weren't officially recognized as the state fruit until 2005. Teacher Janet Shapiro and her students realized that although the Orange Blossom was the state flower and orange juice was the state beverage, Florida had no state fruit.
Undoubtedly the most famous of Georgia’s state symbols is the peach. Georgia peaches are known to be sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than any others. Peach production in Georgia exploded after the Civil War when farmers were looking for alternatives to cotton.
Leis were introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers who would string together garlands made of flowers, leaves, shells, and feathers to beautify themselves. The custom has evolved to signify celebration, friendship, and greetings.
Potatoes seem to grow better in Idaho's unique combination of elements than anywhere else. The rich, volcanic soil, high altitude, and cool evenings make for a perfect combination – producing more than 13 billion pounds of potatoes yearly.
Buckingham Fountain is the crown jewel of Grant Park. The iconic Chicago landmark is meant to symbolize the enormity of nearby Lake Michigan and circulates as much as 15,000 gallons of water per minute.
Every year on Memorial Day weekend, more than 300,000 racing fans make their way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the largest single-day sporting event in the world. The inaugural race was in 1911.
The rural buildings that dot Iowa's landscape serve as a testament to our country's earliest education endeavors, beginning in the 1800s. Back in those days, Iowa had more one-room school houses than any other state in the union – roughly 14,000 of them.
Sunflowers can be found in every county in Kansas, which offers the most perfect, sunny growing weather for the plant. During August and September, large groups travel to the many public fields around the state to take photos among the yellow beauties.
It would make sense that Kentucky produces and ages approximately 95 percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey, given the spirit's origins. Legend has it that a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig, who lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky, burned out the insides of old fish barrels so he could use them for aging whiskey.
New Orleans is universally considered to be the birthplace of jazz music – and traditional New Orleans jazz almost always involves a trumpet. The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
Maine’s coastline is home to more than 60 historic lighthouses -- more than any other New England state. Most were built of stone in the early 19th century, and nearly all of them have been automated since the 1960s.
Few things are more quintessentially Maryland than blue crabs in the summertime. Many connoisseurs consider Maryland blue crabs to be superior to all other varieties thanks to their delicate texture and buttery taste.
Massachusetts is home to the symbol of the founding of America. Plymouth Rock is believed to be the very spot where the Mayflower Pilgrims first set foot on land in 1620.
Detroit has been widely acknowledged as the historic home of the automobile industry ever since Henry Ford pioneered the mass-producing assembly line in 1913. By the 1950s almost 300,000 people were working in the auto industry in what was now called the Motor City.
The great Mississippi River gets its start in Itasca State Park, where it's about 20 feet across. According to legend, those who step across the Mississippi at its source will live a long and happy life.
Steamboats played a critical economic and cultural role for America in the 1800s, carrying livestock and farm produce giving birth to cities along the Mississippi River in the process. The first "steamer' began service in 1811.
Soaring above the Mississippi River in St. Louis, the iconic Gateway Arch celebrates the city’s role as the "Gateway to the West." Completed in 1965, the stainless-steel arch is the tallest national monument in America at 630 feet.
Some of North America’s most gorgeous scenery can be found in Glacier National Park, which straddles the Canadian border and is aptly nicknamed “Crown of the Continent.” The country’s 10th national park contains one million acres of beautiful landscapes, glaciers, and waterfalls.
The most recognized landmark along the Oregon Trail, Chimney Rock is a natural geologic formation that stands an estimated 325 feet over the North Platte River valley in western Nebraska.
At the beginning of the Great Depression, Nevada took the drastic measure of legalizing gambling in hopes of stimulating the economy. Today, Las Vegas is the gambling and entertainment capital of the world.
A series of five granite cliff ledges in the White Mountains of New Hampshire appeared to be the jagged profile of a face – until its eventual collapse in 2003. Now a beautiful plaza sits at the base of the mountains, overlooking the former location of the Old Man.
Built in 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk was America's first. It was designed to help luxury hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. Today, it symbolizes American good times and rich culture – and it's also the cherished blue property of the most popular board game in the world, Monopoly.
Albuquerque's magical annual hot air balloon festival is considered to be the most photographed event in the world. Clear blue skies, calm winds, and mild temperatures make New Mexico the perfect ballooning environment.
A gift from France to celebrate America’s first 100 years as a nation, Lady Liberty is seen around the world as a sign of freedom. The blue-green patina can be attributed to a chemical reaction caused by air and water interacting with the copper exterior.
After four years of dreams, research, and experimentation, self-taught engineers and brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first controlled, powered aircraft flights at Kitty Hawk on North Carolina's Outer Banks in 1903. The first flight lasted just 59 seconds and flew 852 feet.
Weighing up to 2,200 pounds and standing up to 6.5 feet tall, the Bison is the largest native land mammal in North America and can be found roaming North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Rock and roll was born in Ohio in the 1950s when pioneering Cleveland DJ Alan Freed started playing some interesting new music on his radio show. In 1993, music legends gathered in Cleveland to break ground on the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The first oil discovery in Oklahoma happened by accident in 1859, but it soon became a critical and flourishing part of the state's economy. Oklahoma is still among the top oil and natural gas producers in the country.
It looks beautiful and peaceful, but Mount Hood is actually a dormant volcano. The 11,239-foot mountain forms a prominent backdrop to Portland and offers four seasons of activities, from hiking to skiing.
The original purpose of the Liberty Bell was to call Pennsylvania lawmakers to meetings, but it was later adopted as a symbol of the end of slavery. Though no one knows for certain when the first crack occurred, legend states the crack that rendered it unringable appeared on Washington's birthday in 1846.
The anchor, a symbol used to signify hope, was added to the Rhode Island Seal in 1647, but it wouldn't be added to the state flag until 1897 when it was officially adopted by the state.
An image of South Carolina's state tree, the Palmetto, is incomplete without the accompanying crescent that appears on its state flag – but don't call it a moon. The crescent actually signifies the silver emblem troops wore on their caps during the Revolutionary War.
The four presidents who represent the birth, growth, development, and preservation of America are enshrined via 60-foot high granite carvings. The masterpiece was completed in 1941 under the direction of sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
Nicknamed "Music City", Nashville's musical roots stretch as far back as the 1800s. Best known for country music, Nashville offers more music industry jobs than any other American city.
The Lone Star, meant to signify solidarity in declaring independence from Mexico, has long been displayed with pride among Texans. Austin artist Peter Krag designed the symbol for a $10 fee in 1889.
The iconic, "rusty" coloring of Utah's most famed rock formations – seen most notably at Arches National Park, which boasts over 2000 arches – result from the presence of oxidized iron.
Vermont maple syrup is universally known as the world's best – likely because of the strict quality standards. Anything claiming to be "100% pure" Vermont maple syrup must be graded on four characteristics: color, clarity, density and flavor.
Williamsburg, which played a significant role in the American Revolution, lives on as a preserved slice of Colonial history. Tourists can visit what is known as the country's largest living history museum to experience 18th-century America for themselves.
Also known as killer whales, Orcas are a beloved icon in the Pacific Northwest. The whale-watching industry contributes up to $60 million per year to Washington's economy and supports hundreds of jobs in the Puget Sound area.
The beautiful New River Gorge and its surroundings became America's newest and 63rd national park in 2021. It's also the only national park that allows BASE jumping; adventurous visitors can plunge from the top of the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge and parachute down on Bridge Day, every October.
The nickname "America's Dairyland" says it all: Wisconsin is a titan when it comes to milk, cheese, and butter production. The state's dairy industry exploded in the mid-19th century; by 1899, more than 90 percent of Wisconsin farms raised dairy cows.
Old Faithful is named for its frequent and predictable eruptions – which average about 74 minutes apart. It's one of Yellowstone National Park's most popular, can't-miss sites, drawing millions of visitors each year.