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Road Trip USA: Washington


Welcome to our United States Geography tour! We are nearing the end of our unit study and today we are learning all about the beautiful state of Washington as we go through our Road Trip USA Curriculum!   Washington was made the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. It was nicknamed “The Evergreen State” because of the large fir and…

Road Trip USA: Oregon


Welcome to our trip around the United States using our Road Trip USA Geography Curriculum! This week we are learning all about the wonderful state of Oregon. Oregon became the 33rd state admitted into the Union on February 14, 1859. It is nicknamed “The Beaver State” because of the association of beavers with the early history of the state and…

Road Trip USA: Nevada


Hi everyone! Welcome to our United States Geography study! This week we are checking out Nevada! Nevada was designated the 36th state on October 31, 1864 during the Civil War. That is why it’s called the “Battle Born State”. It is the largest gold-producing state in the nation and is second only to South Africa in the world. Nevada was…

Road Trip USA: Montana


Montana was named the 41st state on November 8, 1889. It was nicknamed “Big Sky Country” as a reference to the unobstructed skyline in the state that can overwhelm the landscape at times. It is home to more species of mammals than any other state. Elk, antelope, and deer populations outnumber the humans in Montana!   Here are some of…

Road Trip USA: Idaho


Hi awesome readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day, this week we took a little trip to Idaho for our Road Trip USA studies!   Idaho was named the 43rd state on July 3, 1890. It was named “The Gem State” because of its abundance of natural resources and scenic areas in the state. Hell’s Canyon, which was…

Road Trip USA: Hawaii


Hawaii is comprised of a chain of 132 islands. After several attempts Hawaii was finally named the 50th state of the U.S. on August 21, 1959. It is nicknamed “The Aloha State” which is the Hawaiian word for “hello”. It is the southernmost state in the U.S. and is also home of the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea on Mauna…

Road Trip USA: Colorado


Colorado is in the heart of the Rocky Mountain range. It is nicknamed “The Centennial State” because it entered the union in 1876, just 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It has over 50 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation. The average elevation of Colorado is 6,800 feet above sea level making it the highest…

Road Trip USA: California


California received statehood on September 9, 1850 and is known as “The Golden State” due to its long association with gold. It refers to The California Gold Rush of 1848, and the yellow poppies that bloom in the springtime. It is home to the world’s oldest trees, the bristlecone pines, the biggest trees, the sequoias, and the tallest trees, the…

Road Trip USA: Alaska Geography Unit


Alaska became the 49th state on January3, 1959. It is known as “The Last Frontier” because of the distance from the lower 48 states and because of its rugged landscape and climate. If it was placed on top of the lower 48 states it would stretch from Florida to California. It is the largest land state in the U.S. being…