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Government shutdown, whatever!: The Statue of Liberty joins the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and national park sites in Colorado and Utah in reopening.

Give me your poor, your tired, your shutdown masses yearning to travel free. On Sunday morning, the Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of American resilience, not to mention beaucoup bucks for New York’s travel industry, reopened her doors to the public for the first time since the partial government shutdown began 12 days before. But don’t thank Congress — New York State will foot the bill of $61,600 a day over the next several days to keep Lady Liberty’s doors open.

The news comes amid some partially hopeful news for travelers and national parks lovers everywhere: On Saturday, Grand Canyon National Park reopened its doors as well, with the state of Arizona forking over $651,000 for the next 7 days to keep the Grand Canyon open. (That amounts to $93,000 a day — less than the $112,000 the feds say is needed to fund park operations each day.)

However, moves by both states – as well as South Dakota, which sees Mount Rushmore reopen beginning Monday, along with national parks in Utah (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef, and Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon and Cedar Breaks national monuments) and Colorado (Rocky Mountain National Park) – are the exception. Yellowstone, America’s first national park, remains closed. “Wyoming cannot bail out the federal government and we cannot use state money to do the work of the federal government,” says a spokesman for Gov. Matt Mead.

In the case of New York State, a lot is riding on the Statue of Liberty’s reopening: The iconic landmark sees 3.7 million visitors a year, generating nearly $200 million in economic activity and supporting over 2,000 jobs. Already Lady Liberty had seen a tough year and a half, suffering extensive damage, along with nearby Ellis Island, from Superstorm Standy. It took a year of extensive rehabilitation before the Statue of Liberty reopened, in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony just in time for July 4 celebrations. Then came the government shutdown, just what everyone needed.

Since the shutdown, roughly 400 jobs have been lost at the Statue of Liberty and nearby park sites, reports CNN. And while the Statue of Liberty just reopened yesterday morning, with state funds temporarily allowing visitors to take the ferry over to the monument on Liberty Island, the state budget is only a temporary fix. While New York has given the green light to fund Lady Liberty for the next few days, it will then assess its financial commitment every 2 days if the federal shutdown continues, says Cuomo.

No no telling what will happen after next week. So if you’re looking to see these great American landmarks, and you’re within traveling distance, now’s the time to visit.

The Broadmoor

Have you ever dreamt of vacationing at a luxurious mountain resort, spending your days breathing in the fresh mountain air, golfing at a championship course, relaxing by the pool and taking a break from canoeing or fly-fishingto experience a top-notch spa treatment? Sounds pretty nice, right?

What if the trip was also completely, 100% paid for?

From now until the end of the month, enter daily to win an amazing Colorado experience. One lucky winner and 3 guests will be flown to Colorado Springs, where they’ll spend 4 days enjoying all the natural beauty Colorado has to offer.

First, you’ll spend 2 nights at The Broadmoor Resort — the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star awards. The luxury resort also has a day spa, a 54-hole championship golf course, 6 tennis courts and 3 pools.Sunset at The Ranch at Emerald Valley

Then, spend a night at The Ranch at Emerald Valley, a cluster of cabins nestled within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Don’t worry, they have all the modern conveniences, plus wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.

If all that isn’t enough, the free trip also includes spa treatments, golf at The Broadmoor’s Championship East Course, paddleboating/canoeing, a train ride on Pikes Peak Cog Railway and complimentary access to The Broadmoor Movie Theater.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter now!

On an all-new episode of Toy Hunter, Jordan heads to Colorado on a Rocky Mountain mission for comedy writer Dave Hill. Most buyers are usually looking for mint condition toys still in the box, but Dave is willing to pay thousands to get his hands on out-of-the-box toys.

Jordan’s biggest challenge is to find opened toys that are still extremely valuable, so his assistant, Steve, gets to work. Steve manages to arrive at Mile High Comics before Jordan and starts to dig – against Jordan’s wishes. Chuck, the owner of Mile High Comics, takes Steve to the back of the store where he keeps some vintage toys, and Steve gets a head start with the collection. Jordan shows up a bit late, but starts searching immediately to reclaim his lead.

After Jordan comes across several toys that he thinks will suit Dave Hill perfectly, Steve makes an impulsive and pricey purchase of his own, banking on a strange action figure that may not even peak Dave’s interest.

To find out what out-of-the-box toys Jordan and Steve collected for the up-and-coming comedian, Dave Hill, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 9|8c.

Plus, check out Jordan’s commentary on these behind-the-scenes photos from the episode, Playing With Fire.

Bert heads to Costa Mesa, CA, in an attempt to find one couple crazy enough to let him take the reigns on their vacation and flip their trip into an all-expenses-paid adventure to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Jennifer and Paul happen to be that lucky couple, and without knowing what’s in store, they’re in for the surprise of a lifetime. Have you ever been to an indoor/outdoor extreme sports training center? Well, if you’ve never been to Copper Mountain, CO, then your answer is no. That’s because Jen and Paul are going to Woodward at Copper, the world’s only facility of that nature, to do some indoor skiing.

From paragliding off Lookout Mountain and soaring high above Golden, CO, to working out at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Bert has planned quite an amazing trip for our Rocky Mountain adrenaline junkies.

To find about more about Jennifer and Paul’s amazing trip to Colorado, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 8|7c.

Plus, check out these exclusive, sneak peek, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Anthony has one more mission left on the docket for season 2! In the season finale of Hotel Impossible, Anthony travels to the Western Riviera in Grand Lake, CO, to help the hotel draw in customers. Grand Lake is scenic and quaint, with great conditions for skiing. The only problem is … it’s empty.

Located next to the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park at the edge of Colorado’s largest natural lake, the Western Rivera Hotel sees a peak in occupancy during the summer but is desperate for guests during the long winter.

Mike and Jackie Tompkins, first-time hotel owners, have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars from their personal savings account into the hotel in a last-ditch effort to upgrade the its image. However, the worn-out outdoor chairs, broken fire extinguishers, and chipped wood hanging off the side of the hotel are only a few of the issues turning people away.

Will Anthony’s efforts — combined with the help of interior designer Blanche Garcia — be enough to bring tourists to this lovable mountain town with breathtaking views, lots of outdoor activities and big local spirit? Or, will Western Riviera be forced to close their doors forever? Find out tonight, on the season finale of Hotel Impossible at 10|9c.

Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s finale.

Tonight starting at 10|9c, catch 2 all-new episodes of Armed & Ready. In tonight’s episodes, Kevin Michael Connolly tries 2 things he’s never done before: jousting and street luging.

In Fort Collins, CO, Kevin visits a medieval fair where extreme sports take a historic turn. But will a man who has never been atop a live animal – never mind not having legs – be able to stay balanced and defeat his opponent in a jousting tournament? Maybe with a custom saddle and a little practice!

Then, Kevin heads to LA, the birthplace of the freeway and the skateboard, to try a sport that combines the two. Kevin skates everyday – in fact, his skateboard is his main mode of transportation – but can he handle going down a highway on his back at breakneck speed? Maybe if he can find a skateboard with brakes …

Tune-in tonight to see what kind of trouble Kevin gets himself into, and in the meantime, check out his photo journal!

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