Summer is almost over, but there’s a little time left for one last road trip. Here are 3 sets of trivia questions for you to answer. Maybe, there’s still time for that last summer get-away!
Part 1 – Trivia Question #1 – Which state is home to the world’s largest convenience store?
California Texas New Jersey Colorado
Trivia Question #2 – How many gas pumps can you find at its biggest service station?
80 100 120 140
Answer #1 – Everything is bigger in Texas. Look for TX, its abbreviation, on the map.
Answer #2 – It has 120 pumps.
My Texas kids made sure I went inside Buc-ees the first time I visited. They’re HUGE! Think grocery store size! They’re that big! Buc-ee’s opened in 1982, and it owns 36 stores across Texas, Alabama, and Florida.
If you don’t like waiting to get gas, try Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels. It has 120 pumps, making it one of the world’s biggest gas stations. Inside – it’s the largest convenience store in the world – with 67,000 square feet. That’s big enough to fit 22 regular 7-Eleven’s inside. If you want to visit, it’s on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio. It’s true – everything’s bigger in Texas!
PS – Don’t forget the Alamo in San Antonio!
1. Buc-ee’s in Terrell, TX - By Jameywiki - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47876613
2. Inside Buc-ee’s - By JamesRuddy93 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82979699
3. Buc-ee's - Wikipedia
Source: The Balance | Date Updated: April 23, 2021
Which state is home to the world's largest convenience store?: Texas | Travel Trivia
Part 2 – Trivia Question #3 – What is a Dark Sky Park?
Trivia Question #4 – What state has the most internationally identified parks?
Nebraska Utah Maine Colorado
Answer #3 – It’s a park that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the sky,
to keep it dark enough for stargazing.
Answer #4 – The International Dark Sky Association said it’s Utah, UT.
The International Dark-Sky Association was born in 2001. Its first action – an initiative to preserve and protect the sky. To keep it dark enough that people can still look up and see the stars, generations from now.
When I drive at night, I see the lights of each town I approach. It’s getting harder and harder to see the stars. I’m glad the darkest nights have IDSA protection now! That’s the International Dark-Sky Association in initialism (not an acronym).
Thanks to the Association there are now 90 International Dark Sky Parks. This is Joshua Tree National Park, and it’s one of the 21 International Dark Parks in Utah. That’s impressive – there are 90 around the world, and 21 are in Utah. Would you believe Utah added three new parks this year?
Utah is perfect for stargazing because most people live along the Wasatch Front. That leaves most of the state without light pollution. Utah is also dry. That means there’s less water vapor and clouds to block the night sky. Looking for stars – head to Utah!
Don’t worry if you live hours away from Utah! There are 66 Dark Sky Parks in the US. Geauga Observatory Park is in Ohio, and there’s a Dark Park in Michigan to the North, Indiana to the West, Tennessee to the South, and Pennsylvania to the east. To think that I’d never heard of Dark Sky Parks, and now I found five in and around Ohio! Take a look on the map at the top, and see which states you can find!
- Source: The Salt Lake Tribune | Date Updated: April 30, 2021
- What U.S. state has the most International Dark Sky Parks?: Utah | Travel Trivia
- Dark Sky Parks in the United States - WorldAtlas
Part 3 – Trivia Question #5 – Which state gets the most sleep?
S. Dakota Montana Colorado Minnesota
Trivia Question # 6 – Which gets the least?
Florida Hawaii Nevada California
Answer # 5 – If you live in South Dakota (SD), you get the most.
Answer # 6 – Hawaiians (HI) get the least.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends seven hours of sleep a night, but only about half of Americans manage that. If you’d like to find out how your state’s sleeping, click on the CDC link below. It’s under Information Sources.
Five states are real sleepers! They had 69 – 70% of their people averaging seven hours of sleep each night. South Dakota came out on top, followed by Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Idaho. If you need sleep, you know where to go! Can you find SD, CO, MN, NE, and ID on the map at the top?
Six states don’t sleep as much as they should! They had 56 – 61% of their people getting their nightly seven. Hawaii scraped the bottom with Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan and Georgia creeping in above them.HI, KY, MD, AL, MI, and GA on the map at the top?
- Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Date Updated: May 10, 2021
- Which state's residents get the most sleep?: South Dakota | Travel Trivia=
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!