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The Icon: Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore was conceived in the early 1920s by historian Doane Robinson to draw tourists to South Dakota. Today, nearly three million visitors come each year to ogle the massive busts, each as tall as a six-story building. Here are some fun facts about the national masterpiece.

Then + Now: The Lincoln Memorial

Four score and 11 years ago…the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. It was a fitting date — Memorial Day. Here’s what it looked like…then and now.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Florida’s Forgotten National Park

Sara Zeglin, associate producer for Digital Media for National Geographic Kids, is just back from a trip to the Florida Keys, where she had the chance to explore Dry Tortugas, one of the country’s least visited national parks. I’m not ashamed to say it–I’m in love with the national parks. I have one of those…

Celebrate Abe’s 200th Birthday

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Abraham Lincoln has been all over the news lately. The media drew parallels galore between Lincoln and Obama: Both thin men of humble origins, each served Illinois for one term in Congress before becoming president. Both our 16th and our 44th presidents arrived by whistle-stop train tour for their celebrated inaugurations; the same bible swore…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Presidents!

George Washington snacks on his favorite hoecakes at Mount Vernon. Most of us look forward to February’s three-day weekend, in part because it’s the last public holiday until Memorial Day in May (which right now, seems so far away…). But instead of lounging around for three days (ahem), we’ve decided to see how the nation’s…