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 ParkwayThis parkway has the highest number of October visitors of any national park, monument, recreation area or parkway.
Location: North Carolina and Virginia Average number of visits per day in October: 58,220 Average visitor spending per day in October: $1,412,428Xiaomei Chen/The Washington Post