Tourists kicked out of landmark United States parks
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, United States - For many people it is the trip of a lifetime. But thousands have been left angry at being locked out of landmark US national parks due to the government shutdown.
Hundreds who were lucky enough to already be staying in places like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon faced have until Thursday to leave, 48 hours after the shutdown went into force due to a budget standoff in Washington DC.
"We grew up seeing pictures of it in books," said Clare Cogan from Cork, Ireland, on honeymoon with her husband Mohally but locked out of Yosemite National Park, shuttered since Tuesday.
"You know, the cars underneath those huge sequoia trees. That was America," she told the Los Angeles Times, which called the spectacular Californian park "an emblem of partisan divide."