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American States and Car Registration Plates

When we first visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, we could not help but notice the very interesting number plates on all the cars. Unlike the plain and somewhat boring number plates on UK cars, American cars show their state of origin, often with the state’s official nickname, or motto proudly displayed, together with a small picture.

So started our obsession with number plates!

We began to collect number plates - not the number plates themselves, of course, but we started to note down the states on the number plates that we saw along the way. We were amazed at how far some people had come and we soon had most of the states logged. We thought that Hawaii and Alaska might be difficult – and they were. It took us absolutely ages but finally, when we least expected it, there they were. We have only seen these once in all our many visits. The Disney car parks were a great source of number plates – and it just shows how popular these parks are to Americans from all over the USA.

It was a great way to learn all of the American States and the whole family joined in looking out for those elusive last few states. We now have 50 states logged with just two to go, and we aim to find all 52!

Below is a list of all the states, with their official and unofficial nicknames and mottoes - some states have more than one. Most are self explanatory, such as New York, the Empire State, named for its famous skyscraper. Others reflect the geography of the area, such as Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. Some show the agriculture of the state, such as Georgia, the Peach State, and Kansas, the Wheat State. For others it is history that decides its nickname, such as North Carolina, First in Flight, and Pennsylvania, the Liberty Bell State. Of course you are bound to know Florida’s nickname – the Sunshine State – as that is what it is so famous for!

So if you are in Orlando, and particularly at the parks, then join us in our Florida Licence Plate game and see if you can beat our record. It’s a great way for children to learn a little more about that huge and amazing country, the United States of America.

Alabama Stars Fell On/Cotton State

Alaska Last Frontier

Arizona Grand Canyon State

Arkansas The Natural State

California The Golden State

N. Carolina First in Flight/ Old North State

S. Carolina Nothing Could Be Finer/Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places/Palmetto State

Colorado The Mountain State? Centennial State

Connecticut Constitution State

N. Dakota Peace Garden State

S. Dakota Great Faces, Great Places/ Mount Rushmore State

Delaware The First State

Florida Sunshine State

Georgia The Peach State/On My Mind

Hawaii The Aloha State

Idaho The Gem State

Indiana Hoosier State

Illinois Land of Lincoln

Iowa Hawkeye State/The Corn State

Kansas The Wheat State/Sunflower State

Kentucky The Blue Grass State

Louisiana The Bayou State/The Pelican State

Maine A Natural Treasure/The Chesapeake State/Pine St State

Maryland Old Line State

Massachusetts Spirit of America/Bay State

Michigan Great Lakes State

Minnesota 10, 000 lakes/North Star State

Mississipp Hospitality State/Magnolia State

Missouri Show Me State

Montana Big Sky Country/Treasure State

Nebraska Corn Husker State

New Jersey Garden State

New York The Empire State

New Hampshire Granite State/Live Free Or Die

Nevada Silver State

New Mexico Land of Enchantment

Ohio The Birthplace of Aviation

Oklahoma Nature America/Sooner State

Oregon Pacific Wonderland/Beaver State

Pennsylvania Keystone State/Liberty Bell State

Rhode Island Ocean State

Tennessee Volunteer State

Texas The Lone Star State

Utah Beehive State/Mormon State

Vermont Green Mountain State

Virginia Old Dominion/Mother of Presidents

W. Virginia Mountain State

Washington Green Tree State

Wisconsin Dairy State/America’s Dairyland/Badger State

Wyoming Equality State/Like No Place on Earth

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