US attractions to close due to budget crisis

Tourists in America are having to content with the shutdown of some of the country's biggest attractions.

The fight over Obamacare, which has paralysed and polarised the US Congress, means that for the first time in 17 years, the house has not been able to agree a budget for government services.

The State of Liberty in New York is among the planned closures today. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

As a result of the political deadlock, a number of national sites, including the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and national parks such as Yellowstone in Wyonming and Yosemite in California, will all close.