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The Most Wondrous State Parks to Visit During the Government Shutdown

Check out these state-run alternatives to the United States' national parks.

When the federal government of the United States shuts down, the funding freeze leaves the country’s national parks vulnerable to mayhem. Rowdy visitors run amuck and take advantage of the lack of staff, their recklessness damaging the environment and forcing some parks to temporarily close. Garbage bins crowd with trash and neglected restrooms overflow with human waste. Instead of visiting a national park, check out these state-run wonders.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Crescent Beach

This gorgeous beach hides behind two headlands in Oregon's Ecola State Park.
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Little River, California

Pygmy Forest Trail

A raised boardwalk winds through a thicket of stunted, century-old trees no more than nine feet tall.
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Henrieville, Utah

Kodachrome Basin Spires

This quiet park's strange sedimentary spires were named after Kodak's color film.
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