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U.S State Capitals on the Ocean

Name the six U.S state capitals that border the ocean.
We consider marginal seas, inlets, etc... to be part of the ocean
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Atlantic
Annapolis
Boston
Providence
Pacific
Honolulu
Juneau
Olympia
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level 83
Jan 24, 2017
I'd argue for Dover to be touching the ocean. Houses along the coast of Delaware bay there have Dover addresses.
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level 73
Oct 7, 2018
But Dover itself hasn't seen the ocean since before recorded history.
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level 79
Jan 24, 2017
Similarly, Providence, RI is "at the head of Narragansett Bay." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence,_Rhode_Island
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level 83
Jan 25, 2017
Good catch, I missed that one. If Olympia counts, Providence definitely should.
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level 79
May 26, 2017
I read the caveat, but I don't think Olympia should count. You have to go through a channel, an inlet, a "reach", an aquatic reserve, several bays, a sound, and a strait to reach the ocean. By that logic, St Paul should count. Just a straight shot down the Mississippi river! ;)
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level 73
Oct 7, 2018
Yeah, because the waterfront in St. Paul is how many hundreds of feet above sea level? Olympia is sea level.
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level 68
Jan 25, 2017
I'd also add that Annapolis is far from being on the Atlantic Ocean, unless you consider the Chesapeake Bay to be the ocean, which I don't.
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level 62
Jan 26, 2017
You may not recognize it, but looking at this page, it seems that Annapolis does touch the sea
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level 60
Jan 26, 2017
Well any non-inland body of water is considered part of an ocean.
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level 70
May 26, 2017
Annapolis is a small port and home of the US Naval Academy. If the quiz is going to include Olympia, Annapolis is far easier to navigate to by boat from the closest ocean.
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level 73
Jan 25, 2017
oh...my...God...for the life of me I couldn't figure out why Seattle wasn't working. I actually facepalmed. Not figuratively...literally.
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level 60
Jan 25, 2017
Yeah, once on a U.S capitals quiz, I couldn't figure out why Miami wasn't working... "sigh"
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level 19
Nov 23, 2017
And I once could not figure out why Washington D.C. wasn't working.
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level 56
May 26, 2017
Hope the bruise has gone down now! ;-)
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level 77
May 26, 2017
>_< Forgot about Hawaii and Alaska. Duh.
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level 54
May 26, 2017
Same
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level 64
May 26, 2017
Whoops. Missed Honolulu.
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level 68
May 26, 2017
Olympia and Annapolis are pretty big stretches. I doubt anyone that just took a dip in the Chesapeake or the Puget Sound says they swam in the ocean that day.
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level 35
May 27, 2017
Nobody says that, but since there isn't any land that fully divides the two, I guess people look at the map and say that it is
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level 61
May 31, 2017
Sounds and bays are considered to be extensions of oceans by definition, no matter how far they stretch into land. Thus, if any state capital were on the Gulf of Mexico, it would be on an ocean (i.e., the Atlantic).
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level 52
Jun 27, 2018
i would
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level 73
Oct 7, 2018
I certainly would and I've been all over the ocean. The Chesapeake's at sea level full of ocean creatures. It's not a river, you can't see across it in places, it has dangerous storms. It's no different than Long Island Sound.
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level 60
Sep 7, 2019
The ocean is an hour drive from Olympia 🙄
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level 43
May 26, 2017
why is providence on here?!?!?!?!
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level 80
May 26, 2017
Because it touches a river that leads directly into the ocean.
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level 84
May 27, 2017
I think it needs to be a body of water a little more prominent than a river; otherwise, there are a host of other capitals that should count if the criterion is just being on a river than leads into the ocean - Augusta, Hartford, Albany, Richmond, Baton Rouge, St Paul (as someone above pointed out), maybe more. I thin it's Narragansett Bay that counts in the case of Providence.
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level 61
May 31, 2017
The Providence River is not a river in the usual sense, as it is a tidal river formed by the confluence of two rivers. This In that sense, the Providence River is more an extension of Narragansett Bay (and thus of the Atlantic Ocean) than it is a conventional river (cf. Albany on the Hudson River). Admittedly, in the end, Providence's oceanic bordering is the most questionable on the list, not Annapolis' or Olympia's.
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level 73
Oct 7, 2018
Providence is in very plain sight in Narragansett Bay. The rivers to Providence and Fall River aren't great fresh water rivers, they're more broad inlets from the ocean at the end of very short, minor rivers. Augusta and Hartford are way up proper, heavy flowing rivers that have almost zero brackishness. Augusta gets a minor tide as the lower reaches of the Kennebec River get backed up by the Gulf of Maine's immense tidal surge.