13 Stunning National Parks You Won't Be Able To See During The Shutdown

10/01/2013 02:06 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2013

America is a beautiful place, and we're fortunate to have an expansive network of national parks that showcase the stunning country we live in.

Well, usually. Thanks to the ongoing government shutdown, each and every one of the 401 sites operated by the National Park Service will be closed to the public. If you're currently reading this from within one of said parks (lucky you), you have two days to leave.


With Mother Nature closed for the foreseeable future, here are 13 breathtaking images of the national parks we once knew and loved. Here's to you, parks.

Grand Canyon National Park grand canyon

Yosemite National Park yosemite

Everglades National Park everglades national park

Great Sand Dunes National Park great sand dunes national park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hawaii volcanoes national park

Joshua Tree National Park joshua tree national park

Redwood National Park redwood national park

Zion National Park zion national park

Mount Rainer National Park mount rainer national park

Glacier National Park glacier national park

Grand Teton National Park grand teton park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park carlsbad caverns national park

Acadia National Park acadia national park

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