The government shutdown that began at 12:01 am today is dominating all headlines and news broadcasts, and it will have an impact on the travel and tourism industry. 

Tourist Destinations are Closed

In Philadelphia and beyond, many top tourist destinations are closed today.  Visitors to 401 federally funded parks and attractions, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Alcatraz Island, and all national parks will be disappointed today, as all of these destinations are closed.