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WHAT IS EACH U.S. STATE KNOWN FOR?


Each of the 50 states has a distinct personality, with interesting quirks and peculiarities very common between states. It's helpful to know what each state is famous for so that when you travel through the state, you have a head start on researching what you may want to try to see, do, and/or eat.

Take note that we have intentionally excluded derogatory or extremely negative things that states are known or famous for.

If you can think of anything missing from these state lists, please let us know via email (gparsons66@hotmail.com).


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WHAT IS ALABAMA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS ALABAMA FAMOUS FOR?

civil rights history
college football

WHAT IS ALASKA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS ALASKA FAMOUS FOR?

bald eagles
bears/wildlife
cruise ships
deep sea fishing
king crab
dog-sledding
float/sea planes
glaciers
heli-skiing
national parks
Inuit culture
moose
mountaineering
northern lights
salmon
snowmobiling
totem poles
tundra
wilderness

WHAT IS ARIZONA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS ARIZONA FAMOUS FOR?

artistic bridges
saguaro cactus
organ pipe cactus
copper mining
date nuts
deserts
ghost towns
golfing
hot air balloons / hot air ballooning
Navajo Nation
petrified wood
red rocks

WHAT IS ARKANSAS KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS ARKANSAS FAMOUS FOR?

canoeing
desegregation history
home of Wal-Mart
hot springs
the Clintons

WHAT IS CALIFORNIA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS CALIFORNIA FAMOUS FOR?

beaches
coastal drives
earthquakes
gold rush / gold mines
golfing
movie/film industry
palm trees
raisins
redwood trees
rock climbing
sequoia trees
Spanish missions
sunshine
surfing
technology companies
wineries / vineyards / wine tasting

WHAT IS COLORADO KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS COLORADO FAMOUS FOR?

14,000-foot mountains
aspen trees
backcountry skiing
breweries
gold mines
hot springs
legalized marijuana
mining ruins / ghost towns
mountain passes
off-road driving
rocky mountains
ski towns & resorts
whitewater rafting

WHAT IS CONNECTICUT KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS CONNECTICUT FAMOUS FOR?

casinos
expensive state parks
insurance companies

WHAT IS DELAWARE KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS DELAWARE FAMOUS FOR?

beaches
incorporating a business
tax-free shopping

WHAT IS FLORIDA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS FLORIDA FAMOUS FOR?

air boats
alligators/crocodiles
amusement parks
art deco
beaches
bird-watching
boardwalk-trails
charter boats
citrus fruits
deep-sea fishing / sport-fishing charters
dolphins / dolphin-watching tours
fishing camps
golfing
hurricanes
kayaking/paddling
key lime pie
manatees
natural springs
ocean piers
oranges
retirement communities
saltwater fly-fishing
scuba-diving
shelling
spring break
spring training
state parks
sugar mills / sugar mill ruins
sunshine
swamps
swamp-walking
theme parks
wildlife refuges
zoos & wildlife sanctuaries

WHAT IS GEORGIA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS GEORGIA FAMOUS FOR?

Gone With the Wind (movie)
peaches
southern hospitality

WHAT IS HAWAII KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS HAWAII FAMOUS FOR?

beaches
boat tours
coffee plantations
helicopter tours
honeymooners
hula
islands
luau's
macadamia nuts
military history
pineapples
scuba-diving
seaside cliffs
snorkeling
surfing
volcanoes
waterfalls

WHAT IS IDAHO KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS IDAHO FAMOUS FOR?

fly-fishing
hot springs
national forests
potatoes
scenic rivers
whitewater rafting
wilderness

WHAT IS ILLINOIS KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS ILLINOIS FAMOUS FOR?

Abraham Lincoln
Chicago blues
corn dogs
deep-dish pizza
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

WHAT IS INDIANA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS INDIANA FAMOUS FOR?

corn
covered bridges
farms
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WHAT IS IOWA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS IOWA FAMOUS FOR?

amana colonies
corn
corn dogs
farms
politics

WHAT IS KANSAS KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS KANSAS FAMOUS FOR?

prairies
sunflowers
tornadoes
wheat
Wizard of Oz

WHAT IS KENTUCKY KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS KENTUCKY FAMOUS FOR?

arches
bluegrass
bourbon / bourbon distilleries
caves
fried chicken
horse breeding
horse racing

WHAT IS LOUISIANA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS LOUISIANA FAMOUS FOR?

alligators
bayous
cajun food
casinos
creole food
fishing charters
gumbo
jazz / jazz clubs
plantations
riverboat casinos
shrimp
swamps / swamp tours
zydeco

WHAT IS MAINE KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MAINE FAMOUS FOR?

black bears
black flies
blueberries / low-bush blueberries
broccoli
lighthouses
lobsters / lobster rolls / lobstering tours
log cabins
lumberjacks
moose
potatoes
puffins / puffin tours
rocky / rugged coastlines
schooners
sea-kayaking
tidal falls / reversing falls
woods / forest

WHAT IS MARYLAND KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MARYLAND FAMOUS FOR?

crab cakes
lacrosse

WHAT IS MASSACHUSETTS KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MASSACHUSETTS FAMOUS FOR?

cranberries
gay rights
healthcare reform
new england clam chowder
pilgrims / colonial history
professional sports
revolutionary war history
universities & colleges
whale watching tours
witches

WHAT IS MICHIGAN KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MICHIGAN FAMOUS FOR?

automobile manufacturers
cherries
fly-fishing
fudge
great lakes
lighthouses
sand dunes
shipwrecks

WHAT IS MINNESOTA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MINNESOTA FAMOUS FOR?

canoeing
dog-sledding
ice fishing
lakes
lodge/cabin resorts
lumberjacks
Paul Bunyan
pioneer village
roadside attractions

WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI FAMOUS FOR?

casinos
cotton / cotton fields

WHAT IS MISSOURI KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MISSOURI FAMOUS FOR?

caves
civil rights history
natural springs
ribs
theater
wineries

WHAT IS MONTANA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS MONTANA FAMOUS FOR?

big skies
buffalo jumps
cowboys
fly-fishing
glaciers
grizzly bears
log cabins
ranches

WHAT IS NEBRASKA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEBRASKA FAMOUS FOR?

college football
corn

WHAT IS NEVADA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEVADA FAMOUS FOR?

deserts
gambling/casinos
lunch buffets
military bases & bomb testing
prostitution
UFOs/aliens
wedding chapels / instant weddings

WHAT IS NEW HAMPSHIRE KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMOUS FOR?

alpine huts
covered bridges
cross country skiing
fall foliage
granite
hiking
lakes
moose tours
no sales tax
outdoor recreation
skiing

WHAT IS NEW JERSEY KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEW JERSEY FAMOUS FOR?

amusement parks
boardwalks
diners
gambling/casinos
gardens

WHAT IS NEW MEXICO KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEW MEXICO FAMOUS FOR?

adobe architecture
chili peppers
hot air balloons / hot air ballooning
southwestern art
UFOs/aliens

WHAT IS NEW YORK KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NEW YORK FAMOUS FOR?

bagels
finance/banking industry
glens
immigration history
museums
new york style pizza
pizza
skyscrapers
theater
wineries

WHAT IS NORTH CAROLINA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NORTH CAROLINA FAMOUS FOR?

barrier islands
BBQ
beaches
college basketball
driving on the beach
furniture
gem mines
pork / pig farms
tobacco
whitewater rafting
wild horses

WHAT IS NORTH DAKOTA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS NORTH DAKOTA FAMOUS FOR?

badlands
oil boom

WHAT IS OHIO KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS OHIO FAMOUS FOR?

covered bridges
presidential homes/birthplaces
the Dutch/Amish culture
zoos

WHAT IS OKLAHOMA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS OKLAHOMA FAMOUS FOR?

casinos
college football
country music
native american culture
Route 66

WHAT IS OREGON KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS OREGON FAMOUS FOR?

asian gardens
brew pubs / breweries
capes
covered bridges
hot springs
public coastline
sea stacks
tree-huggers
waterfalls
whitewater rafting
windsurfing
wineries / wine tastings / wine tours

WHAT IS PENNSYLVANIA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS PENNSYLVANIA FAMOUS FOR?

cheese steaks
coal mining
covered bridges
gambling/casinos
pretzels
shoo-fly pie
steel / steel production
the Dutch/Amish culture

WHAT IS RHODE ISLAND KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS RHODE ISLAND FAMOUS FOR?

being the smallest state
coffee milk
mansions
miles of coastline
sailing

WHAT IS SOUTH CAROLINA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS SOUTH CAROLINA FAMOUS FOR?

bald peanuts (boiled peanuts)
beaches
golfing
grits
mini-golfing
plantations

WHAT IS SOUTH DAKOTA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS SOUTH DAKOTA FAMOUS FOR?

badlands
black hills
gold mines

WHAT IS TENNESSEE KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS TENNESSEE FAMOUS FOR?

bbq
blues, the
country music
Elvis Presley
live music
whiskey/distilleries
whitewater rafting

WHAT IS TEXAS KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS TEXAS FAMOUS FOR?

bat flights / bat watching
bbq
chili
corn dogs
cowboys/rodeos
drive-in movie theaters
football
live music
natural springs
oil
prison museums
steak
water parks

WHAT IS UTAH KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS UTAH FAMOUS FOR?

4WD roads / off-roading
arches
ATV-ing
canyons / canyoneering
Mormons
national parks
outdoor recreation
skiing
tight alcohol regulations
unique geology

WHAT IS VERMONT KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS VERMONT FAMOUS FOR?

breweries
cheese
clapboard houses
covered bridges
fall foliage
green mountains
hippies
maple syrup / maple sugar
marble
no billboards
red barns
skiing
swimming holes
white churches

WHAT IS VIRGINIA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS VIRGINIA FAMOUS FOR?

apples
birthplace of America
civil war history/battlefields
historic houses/buildings
museums
presidential homes/birthplaces
tobacco
wineries / vineyards / wine tasting

WHAT IS WASHINGTON KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS WASHINGTON FAMOUS FOR?

apples
breweries
cherries
glaciated mountains
grunge rock
orcas / killer whales
rain
rain forests
sea kayaking
volcanoes
wineries

WHAT IS WEST VIRGINIA KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS WEST VIRGINIA FAMOUS FOR?

coal mining
whitewater rafting

WHAT IS WISCONSIN KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS WISCONSIN FAMOUS FOR?

beer / breweries
brat / bratwurst
cheese / milk
cranberries
fish fry
ginseng
rail trails
water parks

WHAT IS WYOMING KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS WYOMING FAMOUS FOR?

cowboys/rodeos
geysers/hot springs
grizzly bears
ranches

WHAT IS WASHINGTON, DC. KNOWN FOR? / WHAT IS WASHINGTON, DC. FAMOUS FOR?

government buildings
monuments
museums




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