This Is What It Costs To Light the Two Brightest Landmarks in the U.S.

Beauty doesn't always come at a price, but it does when it comes to lighting the most spectacular landmarks in the United States. Between the Las Vegas strip and Times Square, nighttime illumination doesn’t come cheap. It might surprise you to know just how much energy is required to light up our two most famous landmarks and just what that energy translates into dollars. 


Stepping up as the most expensive landmark in the U.S. to light is the Las Vegas strip, costing a whopping $474,500,000 a year.

The lights of Times Square are certainly something to see if you find yourself in New York City. Those amazing lights cost a whopping $368,291,070 a year.

Interestingly enough, one of the world’s most prolific light shows costs absolutely nothing. There is no phenomena or brightly lit landmark that even comes close to the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights are the ultimate light show, and it's absolutely free.