Alaska is the largest and northernmost state of the union.
Maryland is immediately to the north of Washington, D.C.
Nevada is largely desert and semiarid, with much of it located within the Great Basin that includes valleys, basins, lakes, mountain ranges and part of the Mojave Desert.
New York is often referred to as New York State or the State of New York to distinguish it from New York City, the state's most populous city and its economic center.
North Carolina has a mild climate and varied geographical features that provide many excellent vacation opportunities. The eastern shores along the Atlantic Ocean have numerous rivers and beaches that are wonderful for boating, recreational fishing, and relaxing in the sun. The sandy soil of the North Carolina east coast is also covered with Carolina Bays. The western part of North Carolina, along the Blue Ridge mountains, has many hiking trails, campgrounds, and swift rivers for whitewater rafting. The Research Triangle Park, in the center of the state, includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Central North Carolina is a thriving cultural cradle that has one of the highest concentrations of PhDs per capita in the United States, as well as many museums and concert halls.
Pennsylvania is the 6th-most populous state of the US. Its major cities are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. The state has some of the best preserved Carolina Bays on the east coast.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. It is a city of great memorials and excellent museums.