Although most visitors to America’s national parks come to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks themselves, their visit doesn’t begin and end at the park entrance. They’re also likely to pass through one of the countless towns and cities that surround the parks, and those visits can be a boon for the local economy. From spending money on hotels to shopping for provisions and more, visitors to America’s national parks are big spenders outside the parks’ borders.
A new report from the federal government highlights the massive impact that spending can have. According to the study, last year national parks visitors spent over $20 billion in communities within 60 miles of national parks, the AP reports.