The government shutdown is impacting tourism in our region.
October is typically the busiest month of the year for communities like Woodstock. But this year, tourists visiting the quintessential Vermont town have one less option: The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park is closed because of the government shutdown, which includes the hiking trails. It's a frustration for some who look forward to the visit every year.
"We are disappointed. You know, as we said, when we walked over here from the inn, the experience we were looking forward to, now we can't do," said Joe Aiello, a tourist from New Jersey. "I mean last year at this time, well, not this time, but in the summer we were at Yosemite and hiked over there. We just said, boy, what would happen if we were in Yosemite today?"
The nearby Billings Farm & Museum is not affected by the shutdown and remains open. And there are still many other attractions open and drawing tourists in the area, including the nearby Quechee Gorge. Thousands visit the Gorge every year.
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