Tag Archives : US Geography

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…

Road Trip USA: Texas


Texas (The Lone Star State) was adopted as the 28th state on December 29, 1845. It was named “The Lone Star State” symbolizing the independent republic of Texas, and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. It is so large, that Congress gave it permission to divide itself into five “new states of convenient size”. Early…

Road Trip USA: Oklahoma


Oklahoma was the 46th state admitted to the Union in November 16, 1907. It was nicknamed “The Sooner State” due to people illegally entering the district and laying claim to lands before the designated entry time. Oklahoma is the only place in the world that has an oil well beneath its capital building. The site is referred to as Capitol…

Road Trip USA: New Mexico


New Mexico was named the 47th state on January 6, 1912. It is known as “The Land of Enchantment” due to its scenic beauty and rich history. “Smoky the Bear”, the symbol of the U.S. National Forest Service was born in New Mexico. In 1950, he was found trapped in a tree when his home in Lincoln National forest was…

Road Trip USA Geography Curriculum Giveaway


Hi everyone, as promised I’m giving away all my curriculum this month! Up next is my Road Trip USA Geography & History Curriculum! Come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum…

Road Trip USA: Arizona Geography Lesson


Arizona was named an official state of the U.S. on February 14, 1912 and is known as “The Grand Canyon State” which is one of the 7 wonders of the natural world. The canyon floor stretches 277 miles long. It is also the largest copper producer in the U.S. Here are some of the things we learned about this week:…