The government is back open for business, and that means Shenandoah National Park is too. The park has been closed for 16 days - much to the disappointment of visitors and those who work there.
Now, visitors are already pouring in, and nearby businesses can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Visitors are excited to be able to enjoy the park again. One family came all the way from South Africa to see the sights, and is glad they finally have the opportunity to do so.
"We're just going to be very happy if we can get a drive through today now that they've obliged and opened," said Carolye Borchard, visiting the park.
Counties around the park took an economic hit with decreased tourism from the closing – as fall marks the busiest time of year for the park. The opening of the park will now bring some of that business back to the area.
Ronald King, owner of King's Gourmet Popcorn not far from the park, says the shutdown couldn't have happened at a worse time, and is relieved it's finally over.
"This is peak season, the next couple of weekends. This entrance here will see the most travelers for the whole year," King said.
King says he hopes legislators never let a shutdown happen again.
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