These are the U.S. UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Still Visit During the Shutdown

Yellowstone in winter

During the government shutdown many of the U.S. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are also suffering the consequences. There are 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States and the vast majority of those are part of the National Park Service.  Since the government has shutdown, many of the national parks are completely closed or partially closed. This impacts thirteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While the staff of many of the parks are furloughed and the visitors centers and facilities are closed, some parks remain partially open. In certain cases, the state governments are kicking in to keep the doors open or private commercial companies are able to keep the parks running. It is advised to postpone visits to all partially open national parks. No staff means no maintenance crews or park rangers. No maintenance crews or park rangers means overflowing toilets, no trash pickup and no one in the ranger stations to provide assistance in an emergency. Here are the open sites you can still visit:   

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

UNESCO World Heritage Site Cahokia Mounds
Photo credit: Amanda McCadams

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Monticello
Photo credit: JamesDeMers/Pixaby

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point´╗┐, A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States
Photo credit: Billy Hathorn – Own work CC BY 3.0

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo credit: sspiehs3

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo credit: ComplexDiscovery

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo credit: bdjernes

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in snow

Visit the NPS Website for the latest updates on park closures.

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