Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen

Mount Rushmore, too, as states work around shutdown
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2013 5:39 AM CDT
Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen
The Statue of Liberty is open to tourists again.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Even as Congress and the White House are still dickering over the shutdown, some of the nation's most high-profile tourist locales will reopen for business. The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore will welcome tourists again because their respective states have agreed to pay for the costs in the interim, reports CNN. For the record, that amounts to $61,600 per day for New York, $93,000 for Arizona, and $15,200 for South Dakota. The feds agreed to allow state and local governments to come up with alternative financing if they wished to open their national parks, but not all are and taking advantage. Utah, for example, is in, but California rejected the idea, notes the LA Times. (Prior to the deal, visitors sneaking into the Grand Canyon were getting court summonses.)

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