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Shutdown taking toll on tourism

SPRINGFIELD -- One of the biggest ripple effects of the government shutdown has been in the tourism industry.
SPRINGFIELD -- One of the biggest ripple effects of the government shutdown has been in the tourism industry. All national parks and forests are closed. That's a problem for businesses which rely on tourism dollars, since, for the most part, fall is their busiest time of year. But, as WCIA-3's Ashley Michels explains, Illinois is faring better than some.

We all have a "bucket list" of things to do during your lifetime. But, if yours is going up in the St. Louis Arch, you'll have to wait.

And don't plan on seeing any of the sites of our nation's Capitol right now. They're all closed. Every national site in the country is off-limits until the government shutdown is over.

But here in Illinois, visitors to our state's only national park have it a little easier. There are no gates meaning you can still come and see Abraham Lincoln's home. You just can't go inside. But, it's not stopping visitors from checking Abe off their bucket lists.

"We can actually read the signs and learn a little bit and we can look on our phone and learn a little bit more."

Some are a little more disappointed than others.

"I've heard so much about it from my sister and I thought, 'oh well, that'd be kind of cool.' That was kind of the highlight for the day."

But, she's still here isn't she?

"At least I get to see what it was like during that time."

That's why tour guide Garrett Moffett says he's not worried about losing business.

"It's a little bit of a loss, but it's not a total loss for visitors. I still can give them history a little bit out here on the street. They can still stand out in front and be inspired by the awe and the history that took place here."

Moffett says he hopes he can take groups back inside Lincoln's home soon, but in the meantime, they'll make do.

"You've just got to go with the flow. That's part of traveling."

This is the first government shutdown in almost 20-years. The last one, during the 1990's, lasted four weeks.
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