FREEPORT, Maine (NECN) -- Parts of Maine are approaching peak foliage time, and the leaf peepers are arriving in force to see the bright colors of the changing leaves.
Fall tourism is big business in Maine, bringing in almost two billion dollars a year. Many fall tourists take bus tours to Maine and
end their journey with a trip to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor.
The government shut down has closed the park and that has left a lot of disappointed tourists. Maine's Office of Tourism
is working with officials in Bar Harbor to promote other attractions in the area like whale watching and scenic flights.
According to Steve Lyons from the Maine Office of Tourism,
"There are so many places off the beaten path you can go and visit that are beautiful but may not have gotten as much praise or recognition as Acadia. You can go down any little peninsula on the coast or some mountain road and find something interesting."
Lyons says so far, he's not heard of tours canceling trips to Maine because Acadia is shut down and the more than 30 cruise ships scheduled to stop in Bar Harbor over the next two weeks have not indicated they are planning to find a new route.