January 2014 Travel Trivia: Are You A Maphead?

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Travel Quizzes & Trivia

As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang in their 2003 hit “Maps,” “They don’t love you like I love you. ” It’s true that most people don’t find maps particularly lovable: confusing, hard to fold, seemingly replaceable by a cheap GPS device. But to geography geeks, maps aren’t just an inconvenience. They’re a way of life. Are you a maphead? Find out on this month’s quiz.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What famous pioneer trail stretched 2,000 miles northwest from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette Valley?
  • 2. 
    What European country’s capital, anciently called Serdica, is now named for the city’s Holy Sophia Church?
  • 3. 
    Of the six states of New England, which is by far the largest in area?
  • 4. 
    On the longest day of the year every June, the sun is directly overhead along what line of latitude, roughly 23 degrees north of the Equator?
  • 5. 
    King Carl XVI Gustaf has his royal palace in what largest city of Scandinavia?
  • 6. 
    Mount Palomar in southern California, Arecibo in Puerto Rico, and Mauna Kea in Hawaii are all sites for what kind of facility?
  • 7. 
    Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province, has been much in the news lately.  In what country is Tacloban?
  • 8. 
    The Pyrenees mountains run between France and what other country?
  • 9. 
    The West Bank, disputed between Israel and Palestine, is found on the west bank of what river?
  • 10. 
    The vast Takla Makan, which is the world’s second largest sand dune desert, is found in what country?
  • 11. 
    If you spot the distinctive “hump” of Camelback Mountain while flying into Sky Harbor Airport, what U.S. city are you visiting?
  • 12. 
    What African nation is named for the republics of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which united to form it in 1964?
  • 13. 
    On what continent would you find Iguazu Falls, the world’s second largest waterfall in terms of discharge volume?
  • 14. 
    What Canadian province borders both Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes?
  • 15. 
    The Lena River arises in what country’s Baikal Mountains?