Tourists face shutdown deadline to leave US parks
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hundreds of tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline on Thursday to leave due to the government shutdown.
The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect on Tuesday morning, leaving visitors - including many from overseas - frustrated at park entrances across the country.
Tourists who were already staying in hotels, cabins and campgrounds inside national parks like California's world-famous Yosemite were allowed to stay - but only for 48 hours, after which they were told to leave.
"Guests .. who are already checked-in can continue with their vacation plans, but they are required to leave by Oct 3 at 3 pm," said Lisa Cesaro of the company that operates over 1,000 rooms in the park, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.