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Budget Battle New York City

The government shutdown is shuttering major tourist destinations


Vacations to some of the country's top tourist destinations aren't going quite as planned due to the government shutdown.

Visitors looking forward to riding the Staten Island Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were instead given a distant glimpse of the famous sites.

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The Staten Island Ferry passes the Statue of Liberty. The statue is closed due to the government shutdown.

The National Park Service announced that both New York attractions would be closed "due to a lapse in appropriations." Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to find the money to reopen the Statue of Liberty as soon as possible.

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A tourist discovers that the Statue of Liberty is closed due to the government shutdown.

Meanwhile, Yellowstone National Park remains open but not staffed. Visitor centers, public toilets and other facilities run by the National Park Service were closed, but privately operated hotels, tour services and gift shops were open.

Commercial operators are allowed to continue operating so long as they fund road maintenance and keep travel within the park safe. After winter storms, the park is icy and freezing cold, and the National Park Service has indicated it will close roads and public areas in the park if conditions become too dangerous.

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Tourists walk the boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park. Visitors can still ride snowmobiles and snow coaches into Yellowstone National Park to gaze at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown.

Last Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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