Alabama lies in the southeastern region of the US and is home to the rolling Appalachian Mountains. The state is often called the Yellowhammer State, the Heart of Dixie and the Cotton State.
Four times as big as Germany, Alaska borders Canada to the east and Siberia to the west. With a snowy border 2500 km long, it is no wonder the indigenous people call it Alyeska, The Big Land.
The Grand Canyon State is one of the Four Corner states in the southwest. The Navajo Nation Reservation lies to the northeast and in the west is Yuma, one of the sunniest cities in the world!
The nicknames The Natural State and Land of Opportunity bring promising prospects to mind for this state in the American South whose border is characterized and formed by the Mississippi River.
California lies on America’s west coast and is by far the most populated US-state. Its pompous nickname Golden State originates from the Gold Rush in the middle of the 19th century.
Home to Denver, the Mile High City, Colorado is one of two states whose borders were solely defined by latitude and longitude. It has no natural borders, but it does have the great Rocky Mountains.
This states lies in New England, the northeast region of the USA and carries the nickname The Constitution State. It is said that the ideas used for the current USA Constitution originated here.
The second smallest state lies on the east coast and has only three counties. It was one of the original 13 colonies and active in the American Revolution. It is popular for its forests and rivers.
Georgia was founded as the last of the 13 colonies and carries the nickname the Peach State. Due to its subtropical climate, this state is the perfect place to grow sweet and juicy peaches.
Aloha from the Paradise of the Pacific: Hawaii, an island chain located in the Pacific Ocean was discovered by the British explorer James Cook in 1778 and was declared as the 50th US-state in 1959.
Idaho lies in the US-northwest and is rather conservative. Agriculture, especially potato farming, plays an important role in its economy. It has many natural resources like gold, silver and garnets.
Illinois is a Midwestern state known for being the land of Lincoln and the home of the Windy City, Chicago. Chicago has almost 10 million residents and is the third largest city in the United States.
Indiana is one of the eight states in the Great Lakes Region. The reason why its residents are called Hoosiers is still debated. The most famous car race, the Indy 500, is held here annually.
Rolling prairie plains and corn fields characterize the landscapes of Iowa. Geographically the state lies in the Midwest and its residents mainly live in peaceful small cities or towns.
In geographical terms, Kansas lies in the heart of the USA. For centuries, people have used its prime geopraphical location for agriculture and it was settled by the first Europeans in 1854.
Kentucky lies between the southern and the Midwestern states. This was a very inconvenient location for Kentucky during the American Civil War. Today, the state is known for the Kentucky Horse Derby.
The multicultural and multilingual state of Louisiana lies in the deep South on the Gulf of Mexico. The mix of of French, Spanish, Native American and African cultures makes this state unique.
Maine is the most eastern New England state in the US. 90% of Maine is forested, the highest percentage of any state, making it well-known for its vibrant fall foliage and its nickname The Pine State.
Named after Queen Henrietta Maria, the state of Maryland lies in the Mid-Atlantic region on the east coast. The Chesapeake Bay is vital to the small fishing towns and the state’s maritime flair.
In southeastern Massachusetts, there is the beautiful hilly peninsula and the charming islands of Cape Cod. In the summertime, Cape Cod beach is a population vacation destination for many tourists.
Michigan is famous around the world for its automobile industry, but has a large tourist economy as well. The state is comprised of two peninsulas and is a popular destination for nature-lovers.
Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is located on the US border to Canada and is popular with fishermen and shoppers. The Mall of America in Bloomington is the largest shopping center in the USA.
Mississippi belongs to the American South and has a subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. It is well-known for magnolias and lies to the east of the famous river sharing its name.
Missouri is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It was named the gateway of the west by early settlers who had to cross through St. Louis, Missouri on their way out west.
Montana comes from the Spanish word for mountains. It lies in the Rocky Mountain region and is famous for its big sky and wide mountainous landscapes. It is also known as the Treasure State.
Nebraska is in the heart of America and a part of the Great Plains region. It has one of the strongest agricultural economies in the states. For this reason, Nebraska is called the Cornhusker State.
The glamorous city of Las Vegas is located in the middle of a desert in Nevada. It embodies the American dream and the hope to get rich quick. At one time, people did get rich mining silver here.
The New England state of New Hampshire has some of the highest skiing mountains on the East coast. Due to the mountains in the north, most of its residents live in the southern region.
New Jersey is the smallest state, but has the highest population density of any of the 50 United States. The Hudson River forms a natural border to New York and it is known as the Garden State.
The Southwestern US state of New Mexico is characterized by several plateaus and a sky that is almost always blue. Its unique landscapes are a popular destination for tourists and nature-lovers.
The northeast lying state of New York is home to the most populated American city that never sleeps. The state plays an important role in higher education and has many renowned US universities.
This southern US state is geographically located in three different climate zones: Atlantic Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Mountain. That is why North Carolina has a rich variety of flora and fauna.
North Dakota lies in the northern US and shares a border with Canada. It is called the Peace-Garden State because of the international park symbolizing peace between America and Canada in Dunseith.
Lake Eerie forms a natural border between Ohio and Canada while the Ohio River in the south creates a border with West Virginia and Kentucky. Ohio comes from the Iroquois word for “great river”.
The translation of the word Oklahoma from the Choctaw language means “the land of the red men”. The state is located in the central Southwest region of America and was once a route for cattle drives.
On the southern Pacific coast, Oregon has a Mediterranean climate which strongly contrasts with the snow-covered mountains located more centrally in the state. James Cook discovered it in 1778.
Pennsylvania was one of the original founding US states and was established by William Penn in 1681. The state is famous for being the birthplace of the The United States Declaration of Independence.
With a surface area only slightly larger than Yosemite National Park, Rhode Island is the smallest state in America. It is located in New England and has hosted the Newport Folk Festival since 1958.
This US state was officially separated from North Carolina in 1729. It is famously known for being the first North American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain in 1776.
South Dakota was separated from North Dakota in 1889 and belongs to the 3 US-states with the highest percentage of Native Americans in their population. Its economy is strongly tied to agriculture.
Tennessee represents rock ‘n’ roll, country music and whiskey like no other US-state does. There are several small towns to explore, tasty southern specialties to try and many music festivals here.
Texas is the second largest state in the US and is located in the central south of the country. Here you can still find some of the heritage of the pioneer era in various cultural centers.
There are five national parks in Utah known as the Mighty Five and all of them are worth a visit! In contrast to the desert landscapes and the Great Salt Lake, there are snowy mountains in the south.
Vermont is part of New England and is well-known for being the leading producer of delicious maple syrup in the US, having the largest underground marble quarry in the world and great ski resorts.
On the Atlantic coast in the historic southeast lies a US state with beautiful Appalachian landscapes. Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents and therefore nicknamed the Mother of Presidents.
Named after the first US president George Washington, this state is on the northern Pacific Ocean coast. Washington’s nickname The Evergreen State reflects its role as the largest lumber producer.
West Virginia separated from the southeast lying state of Virginia during the American Civil War. The Mountain State is well-known for its ski slopes and an ideal destination for outdoor recreation.
With Lake Superior to the north and Lake Michigan to the east, Wisconsin is a popular place for fishermen. It is known as America’s Dairyland and is the largest producer of dairy products like milk.
Wyoming lies in the west and is the least populated state in the USA. As the Cowboy State, it still embodies the spirit of the wild west. It was the first US-state to give women the right to vote.