The country’s national parks are closed to the public during the government’s shutdown. But at least four states have requested permission to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impact. On Thursday, the Obama Administration said it will allow some closed national parks to reopen — if states use their own money to pay for opeations. Here are 10 national treasures that have been closed and the average number of daily visitors for a typical day in October, as well as the amounts visitors would have normally spent there, based on National Park Service data analyzed by the National Parks Conservation Association.
1. Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park is a biological and geological wonder, with rocks up to a billion years old. On a typical day in October, it would draw about 11,600 people spending about $1.2 million. Governors in at least four states, including Arizona, have requested permission to reopen parks in their states because of the impact of the shutdown. Madelyn Levy/For The Washington Post Buy Photo