Pennsylvania – Abbreviated PA
Capital – Harrisburg
In December of 1787, Pennsylvania became the 2nd state to join the Union. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the most historic cities in the U.S. as it is the location where the Declaration of Independence was signed; it is also the home of the Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom for the American people.
South Dakota – Abbreviated SD
Capital – Pierre
South Dakota is home to the most iconic sculpture in the U.S., Mount Rushmore. Designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the carving of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln took 14 years to complete at a cost of 1 million dollars. However, those funds didn’t stretch as far as Borglum hoped and the project had to wrap up with only the heads carved – each iconic figure was meant to be carved down to the waist. South Dakota officially became a state in November of 1889.
South Carolina – Abbreviated SC
Capital – Columbia
The 8th state to join the Union in May of 1788, South Carolina is known for its scenic beaches and humid subtropical climate. This quintessential southern state is also home to the first battle of the American Civil War which took place April 12 -14, 1861 at Fort Sumter.
Tennessee – Abbreviated TN
Capital – Nashville
Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, held at one time or another every elected office possible at that time, beginning in Greeneville Tennessee. Tennessee joined the Union as the 16th state in June of 1796.
Utah – Abbreviated UT
Capital – Salt Lake City
In January of 1896, Utah joined the Union. Utah is home to the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, covering approximately 1,700 square miles.
Washington – Abbreviated WA
Capital – Olympia
Composed of temperate rainforests, mountain ranges and the famed Puget Sound, Washington is known for its lush flora and cool climate. Washington is the only state named after a U.S. president, joining the Union in November of 1889.