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America’s Panhandles, Ranked From 1 to 10

The USA has 10 panhandles, from Florida to Alaska. Robert Reid rates them all in terms of travel appeal—with a little trivia thrown in.

By Robert Reid

It’s easy enough spotting a panhandle on a pan: Just look at the part you use to lift it off the stove. Identifying a panhandle on a state can be trickier.

The USA, apparently, has 10 of them, all variously sized, usually awkward add-ons that tug away from a state’s main mass. But what makes for a “panhandle,” exactly?

Mark Stein’s excellent How the States Got Their Shapes explains a lot, but not why Nebraska’s chubby western end is considered a panhandle, while Utah’s similarly shaped northward-thrusting stub doesn’t rate.

Check Out who is in the Top 10 Here:  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/americas-panhandles-rated-oklahoma-florida/