National parks across the country have been closed to visitors because of the shutdown. The National Park Service, many of whose employees are furloughed, is responsible for national parks, parkways, national monuments and national recreation areas. Here is a look at 10 sites that attract some of the highest numbers of visitors and often generate large amounts of visitor spending in October.
Blue Ridge Parkway This parkway has the highest number of October visitors of any national park, monument, recreation area or parkway. Buy Photo
Location: North Carolina and Virginia
Average number of visits per day in October: 58,220
Average visitor spending per day in October: $1,412,428 Xiaomei Chen/The Washington Post