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Which U.S. state is furthest west?

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Which U.S. state is furthest west? I’m not giving any options for this travel trivia question…take a guess!

Which U.S. state is furthest west?


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So…which state is furthest west? Did you say California? Nope! Or maybe Washington? Nope again. Maybe your mind left the contiguous 48 states and wandered as far as Hawaii. If so, you didn’t wander far enough. This state’s mineral is gold, its fish is king salmon, and the state sport is dog-mushing. Yep, it’s Alaska!

Did I throw you off with the photo of an Alaskan fireweed meadow? I hope so! (I purchased this photo by walterq from

What’s the furthest west you’ve traveled in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below!

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Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Except it depends a bit on what you mean by “furthest west.” Alaska has the single most western point but Hawaii has the western most geographic center.

    Yes, I’m a huge geography geek.

  2. Tom Lanin says

    If “west” continues beyond the International Dateline, the furthest West I’ve ever been is Chongqing, which is 7400 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona where I live. Chongqing is home to a wonderful zoo which houses dozens of giant pandas. The highlight of our visit to the Chongqing Zoo, however, was the giant pandas’ small cousin the red panda. Inside their large, treed enclosure we spotted a domestic cat surrounded by three threatening red pandas. Fearing for the poor cat we wondered how it could escape. The cat raised his back then pounced straight up a couple of feet in the air sending the red pandas scrambling for cover.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Tom (a.k.a. Dad) – I think once you reach China, you’re definitely in the East, not the West!

  3. We loved Alaska when we cruised there – you should definitely visit! I guessed that Hawaii was the farthest west though – so I was wrong!

  4. I knew it was Alaska immediately. The Aleutians seem to go on forever. Nearly to the largest country on earth, even now after the breakup of the USSR.

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