America turns 236 years old today. As we enjoy this day off to celebrate the nation’s independence, it’s also a good time to review some incredible facts about what makes each state the best in the world at something.
Alaska has the world's highest concentration of Grizzly, Black and Polar bears in the world (over 100,000).
The carving of Confederate leaders on Georgia's Stone Mountain is the largest bas-relief carving on Earth.
Hawaii's Haleakala Crater is the largest dormant volcano in the world at seven miles across, two miles wide and 2,600 feet deep.
The Chicago Public Library in Illinois is the largest public library in the world, with over two million books.
Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain causeway in Metairie is the longest over-water bridge in the world, at 24 miles long.
Havre de Grace, Maryland boasts the world's largest decoy museum with over 1,200 innovative floating sculptures.
Minnesota boasts the Mall of America, the largest single-building mall in the country which includes the largest indoor amusement park in the world.
Missouri Gateway Arch in St. Louis, at 630 feet, is the tallest stainless steel monument in the world.
The sedimentary rocks in Montana's Glacier National Park are the best preserved in the world, believed to be 1.6 billion years old.
Las Vegas, Nevada, has the largest number of hotel rooms of any city in the world, with over 62,000 on the Vegas Strip alone.
New Hampshire's Mount Washington recorded wind speeds of 234 miles per hour in 1934, still the world record for land wind speed.
New Mexico holds the world's largest international hot air balloon festival every year in Albuquerque.
Each year, High Point, North Carolina hosts the world's largest furniture trade show. Items are bought and sold in 188 separate buildings, spanning over 12 million square feet.
North Dakota's Jamestown hosts the world's largest buffalo statue at over 26 feet tall and 46 feet long.
Okmulgee, Oklahoma holds the Guinness World Record for the largest pecan pie, with a diameter of 40 feet and a weight of 16.5 tons.
Oregon boasts the largest collection of carousel horses at the International Museum of Carousel Art in Hood River.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is known as the mushroom capital of the world, producing over a million pounds a week.
Rhode Island has the world's largest bug, a 58-foot long termite made out of steel and fibreglass in Providence.
Nashville, Tennesee's Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting on the radio since 1925, the world's longest continuous radio show.
Vermont is home to the Vermont Teddy Bear company, the world's largest online bear company with over 500,000 annual sales.
Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world containing over 68,000 miles of phone lines.
Washington is home to the world's largest building by volume. Boeing's plant in Everett is over 472 million cubic feet.
West Virginia's New Rivers Gorge Bridge is the world's third largest arch bridge at over 1,700 feet long.
The National Mustard Museum in Horeb, Wisconsin, holds over 5,300 types of mustard and holds the world's largest mustard collection.
Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park spanning nearly 3,500 square miles.
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