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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For North Carolina’s tourism industry, it’s a bad time for a federal government shutdown.

In the western part of the state, people travel on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall foliage. But visitor centers and other staffed facilities are closed, meaning travelers should consider how they plan to do their viewing.

Tom Hardy of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association says the shutdown will have an impact on visitors. He says the parkway itself is still open.

This also is a busy time on the Outer Banks. Tuesday was the first day of the popular fall fishing season. But the National Park Service has locked all the gates that provide anglers a way to drive onto the beach along the Camp Hatteras National Seashore.

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