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Closed national parks and monuments are one of the most visible signs of the government shutdown. They've also been the subject of many protests.
Thirteen national parks within "The Journey Through Hallowed Ground" national heritage area -- from Gettysburg, Pa. to Monticello, Va. -- support 4,032 local jobs and attract nine million visitors annually, according to a Michigan State University study.
The federal government is going to spend 356,000 dollars to study a better tour bus operation for the National Mall. But that's just the start of the projects ahead for national parks.
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A dozen people have made Fort Monroe National Monument the last stop in their tour of all 397 facilities in the National Park System.
Several National parks in the D.C. area will be free to get into between Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.
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