February Travel Trivia: Are You A Maphead?

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Some people are content to let their GPS device tell them where they are or where they’re going. Unfortunately, these are the same people you see on the news driving into rivers or onto railroad tracks. Mapheads are a different breed. We don’t need no stinkin’ talking screen on our dashboard to tell us where we are. We carry a map between our ears at all times. If you think you might be one of the few, the proud, the mapheads, then show off your geographic acumen by answering these fifteen travel teasers.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What peninsula between Spain and Africa did the ancients refer to as the northern “Pillar of Hercules”?

    Explanation
    The ancients referred to the peninsula between Spain and Africa as the northern "Pillar of Hercules" because it is located at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea and was considered the westernmost point of the known world. The Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Europe from Africa, was seen as a significant landmark and a symbolic boundary. The name "Pillar of Hercules" originated from Greek mythology, where Hercules was said to have created the Strait of Gibraltar by splitting the mountains on either side.

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  • 2. 

    Most of the Ho Chi Minh Trail lay within what landlocked Asian country?

    Explanation
    The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a network of roads and trails that stretched from North Vietnam to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was used by the North Vietnamese Army to transport troops, supplies, and weapons. Most of the trail passed through the neighboring country of Laos, which is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Laos provided a strategic location for the trail as it was difficult for the United States to conduct military operations there due to political constraints.

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    In December, the U.S. senate voted to make the Pinnacles east of the Salinas Valley our newest national park.  In what state would you find the Pinnacles?

    Explanation
    The Pinnacles are located east of the Salinas Valley, and in December, the U.S. senate voted to make them the newest national park. Since the Salinas Valley is in California, it can be inferred that the Pinnacles are also in California.

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  • 4. 

    Catania and Palermo are the largest cities on what island?

    Explanation
    Catania and Palermo are both cities located in Sicily, which is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant culture. Catania and Palermo are the two largest cities on the island, making Sicily the correct answer to the question.

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    “Plunge,” “horsetail,” and “punchbowl” are all types of what geographic feature?

    Explanation
    The terms "plunge," "horsetail," and "punchbowl" are all commonly used to describe different types of waterfalls. "Plunge" refers to a waterfall that drops vertically, "horsetail" describes a waterfall that maintains contact with the rock face as it falls, and "punchbowl" refers to a waterfall that plunges into a pool or basin. Therefore, the correct answer is waterfalls or waterfall.

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  • 6. 

    What famous plaza would you cross walking between the Kremlin and the GUM Department Store?

    Explanation
    Red Square is the famous plaza that you would cross while walking between the Kremlin and the GUM Department Store. Red Square is located in the heart of Moscow, Russia, and is known for its historical and cultural significance. It is surrounded by iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and the State Historical Museum. The plaza is a popular tourist destination and a symbol of Russian history and power.

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  • 7. 

    Brazzaville and Kinshasa are the capitals of two African countries named for what river?

    Explanation
    Brazzaville and Kinshasa are both located on the banks of the Congo River. Therefore, the two African countries they are the capitals of are named after the Congo River.

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  • 8. 

    What other UNESCO World Heritage Site can be seen from atop the nearby Red Fort of Agra, India?

    Explanation
    From atop the nearby Red Fort of Agra, India, one can see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in Agra, just a short distance away from the Red Fort. The Taj Mahal is a magnificent white marble mausoleum that was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and attracts millions of visitors each year.

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  • 9. 

    What city, separated from Victoria by the Gulf Islands and the Strait of Georgia, is Canada’s largest port?

    Explanation
    Vancouver is the correct answer because it is the city in Canada that is separated from Victoria by the Gulf Islands and the Strait of Georgia. It is also known as Canada's largest port.

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  • 10. 

    Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, is located in what European country?

    Explanation
    Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, is located in Belgium. Belgium is a European country known for its medieval towns, rich history, and cultural heritage. Bruges, with its well-preserved medieval architecture and picturesque canals, is a popular tourist destination in Belgium. It is renowned for its historic city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, Belgium is the correct answer for the location of Bruges.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the Great Lakes is located entirely within the United States?

    Explanation
    Lake Michigan is the correct answer because it is the only Great Lake that is entirely located within the United States. The other Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario) are shared between the United States and Canada. Michigan is also mentioned in the answer, but it is not a Great Lake itself. It is a state that borders Lake Michigan.

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  • 12. 

    What Quechuan word for “plains” is still used for the vast, fertile plains between Argentina and Uruguay?

    Explanation
    The Quechuan word for "plains" that is still used for the vast, fertile plains between Argentina and Uruguay is "Pampa".

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  • 13. 

    Okefenokee Swamp lies on the border between two U.S. states. Name either one.

    Explanation
    The Okefenokee Swamp is located on the border between Georgia and Florida. Therefore, any of the given options - Georgia, Florida, Georgia and Florida, or Georgia or Florida - would be correct as they all include either one or both of the states.

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  • 14. 

    What continent’s “horn” is also called the Somali Peninsula?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Africa because the "horn" referred to in the question is a geographical feature that is located in the eastern part of Africa and is commonly known as the Somali Peninsula. This peninsula juts out into the Indian Ocean and is home to countries such as Somalia, Djibouti, and parts of Ethiopia and Kenya. Therefore, Africa is the continent that encompasses this region.

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    What capital of Scotland was the first city to host the Commonwealth Games two different times?

    Explanation
    Edinburgh is the correct answer because it was the first city in Scotland to host the Commonwealth Games twice. The city first hosted the games in 1970 and then again in 1986. This distinction makes Edinburgh a significant and historic location for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

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