Editor's note: The Herald is running a series of GeoQuizzes written by students in Durango High School teacher Kurt Zeiner's geography class. For a class project, Zeiner had students gather into small groups and, with guidance from Travel page editor John Peel, each group wrote a Herald GeoQuiz.
This week, GeoQuiz staffers have taken it upon ourselves to leave our stress-filled cubicles and soak up the sun for spring break. After enduring a long winter, the sunshine thawing our frostbitten limbs has never felt so good!
Although there are many possible spring break destinations, the places we have picked for this week's GeoQuiz are among the most popular. Who knows, maybe after reading this you'll escape to somewhere warm, too, because if you can't do it now, when can you?
Answers on Page 11C.
1. Also known as the "Venice of America," this popular spring break destination was named after a set of three forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War in 1835.
2. Named after a one-armed Civil War veteran, this is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the nation, consisting of 24,322,000 acre-feet of water when full.
3. Also known as Rocky Point, this city lying in the northwestern part of the state of Sonora, Mexico, is a popular destination for Durango High School students because of the low prices and short distance.
4. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, this world-renowned tourist destination is the closest spot in Mexico to Cuba, separated by only about 150 miles.
5. The eighth-largest city in the U.S., this California beach town was named after a Spaniard named Saint Didacaus.
6. Located on the southern tip of Baja California peninsula, this city is visited by many celebrities. In fact, comedian Jon Stewart claimed that he is banned from this place.
7. Said to be the only city founded by a woman, this popular spring break destination located in Florida is the home of 409,719 people and was ranked the third-richest city in the U.S. in 2007.
8. Located in Teton County at an elevation of 6,234 feet, this U.S. city is popular for spring breakers who like the snow more than the warm beaches. A popular destination for skiers.
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