WASHINGTON – Thirteen national parks within “The Journey Through Hallowed Ground” national heritage area — from Gettysburg, Pa. to Monticello, Va. — generate $270 million each year in spending from tourists, according to a Michigan State University study.
The parks support 4,032 local jobs and attract nine million visitors annually, the study finds.
The study looked at data from 2011 to analyze the economic benefits of national parks on local communities. It was released this year to coincide with National Parks Week, which runs April 20 to April 28.
The hallowed ground area is 180 miles long and 75 miles wide. It includes 49 historic districts, nine presidential homes and eight Civil War battlefields.