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7. See historic monuments lit up at night Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota; National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. It’s staggering enough see four larger-than-life faces carved into a granite mountainside. Between May and September, visitors to Mount Rushmore can make this extraordinary experience even more special by attending the park’s popular evening lighting program. Learn about the monument’s history, sing along with patriotic music, and honor the veterans in the audience as park staff members lower the flag and light up the mountain. In Washington, D.C., the wealth of historic monuments that commemorate a range of historic figures and events on the National Mall are also lit in the evening, offering more dramatic views of some of the most remarkable spots in the nation’s capital. Take a ranger tour or just enjoy an evening stroll to take advantage of this unique nighttime spectacle. Photo © Wirepec/iStockphoto.

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