Test Your Family Vacation Destination IQ
How much do you remember about the places your parents may have dragged you when you were young? Find out here. And when your own kids need a break from the license plate game (OK, it’s the 21st century now: their GameBoys) you can test their knowledge, too.
Question 1 of 13
The Grand Canyon, which stretches across northwest Arizona, covers approximately how many acres?
The Grand Canyon encompasses a little more than 1.2 million acres. It is 277 miles long and averages 4,000 feet deep.
Question 2 of 13
Brooklyn's Coney Island, the first amusement park in America, was the birthplace of what delicacy?
The hot dog was invented at Coney Island in 1867 by Charles Feltman. Carrying on his caloric legacy, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened Nathan's Hot Dogs in 1916 (the dogs later became Famous). Coney Island is at the southernmost tip of Brooklyn, about 45 minutes by subway from the delights of Manhattan.
Question 3 of 13
Who wrote the following about Niagara Falls: "Although it was wonderful to see all that water tumbling down, it would be even more wonderful to see all that water tumbling up."
Mark Twain, who might have been interested to know that every second, the equivalent of one million bathtubs full of water cascades over the falls.
Question 4 of 13
Which zoo has the largest number of giant pandas in the United States?
|The Central Park Zoo, New York, NY|
|The Philadelphia Zoo|
|The National Zoo, Washington, DC|
The San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo has four giant pandas, more than any other US zoo. If you can't get there in person, you can watch the pandas frolic (or sleep) via the zoo's Panda Cam.
Question 5 of 13
Mount Rushmore is named for which of the following?
|A river that had to be dammed to facilitate completion of the monument|
An attorney who did legal work at the site
Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is named after New York attorney Charles E. Rushmore, who was sent to the area in 1884 to check legal titles on properties.
|A Native American tribe|
|The first lieutenant governor of South Dakota|
Question 6 of 13
Which of these foods is not sold on a stick at the Iowa State Fair?
Chipotle popcorn is not one of the more than 30 foods available on a stick at the Iowa State Fair. In fact, we made it up—but if you see it there, let us know.
Question 7 of 13
What are men asked to do upon entering the Alamo?
|Salute the American flag|
|Kiss the door|
|Remove their shoes (or boots—this is Texas, after all)|
Remove their hats
Men who visit the San Antonio landmark must remove their hats. The tradition started in 1913, when the Daughters of the Republic of Texas hung a sign at the Alamo's entrance that read as follows: "Gentleman on entering the Alamo will please remove their hats, and all visitors will speak in low tones, in recognition of the sacredness of this shrine."
Question 8 of 13
Which of these Smithsonian Institution museums is not located in Washington, DC?
|National Postal Museum|
|Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden|
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is in Manhattan, but like the others on the list it is a part of the Smithsonian, which encompasses 19 museums and galleries plus the National Zoo. And admission to all of them is free, except for Cooper-Hewitt. You didn't really expect to get something for nothing in New York, did you?
|Arthur M. Sackler Gallery|
Question 9 of 13
Three of these tools were used to drill holes in wood in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Which was not?
Trammel points, a type of compass, were used to lay out large arcs and circles in Colonial Williamsburg. Augurs, gimlets, and bitstocks (oh my!) were used in the 17th century to bore holes of different sizes in wood products such as musical instruments, furniture, and pipes.
Question 10 of 13
What city's official tourism website helps you cook up a new identity for your visit, including sample lines to use in conversation, clothing suggestions, and a functioning (but fake) company URL?
Las Vegas, naturally. Using the city tourism site's Be Anyone feature, you can plug in a new name, hometown, and some of your desired attributes. If you'd like to pose as, say, a philanthropist named Destiny from Amsterdam, you're advised to wear a classic evening gown, appear humble but compelling and direct interested parties to your website at www.GiveEveryDay.com. No word on whether your alter ego's credit cards are accepted at the blackjack table.
Question 11 of 13
Which of the following states does not contain part of Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the United States, is located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, but not Utah. Visit it to see Old Faithful and other geysers and hot springs, but try to avoid some of its beastly residents, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.
Question 12 of 13
What color do Amish brides in Pennsylvania Dutch Country typically wear?
Amish women opt for shades of blue when they walk down the aisle. In keeping with the practical nature of the Amish lifestyle, after the wedding they wear their dresses to church on Sundays. Take that, Vera Wang.
Question 13 of 13
The four theme parks that comprise the Walt Disney World Resort may be the best-known tourist venues in Orlando, Florida, but which of these major attractions is also near the city?
Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center is not so far from DisneyWorld. Visitors can experience interactive flight simulators, meet an actual astronaut, check out space memorabilia and, if they time it right, witness a space shuttle launch. Let the countdown begin!
|Everglades National Park|
|all of the above|
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