Yosemite National Park celebrates a lonely 123-year-old birthday

In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Crews clear California Highway 120 of debris, as crews continue to fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The massive wildfire is now 80 percent contained according to a state fire spokesman. The Rim Fireâ??s southeast flank in Yosemite National Park is expected to remain active where unburned fuels remain between containment lines and the fire.
AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan

One of the country's most famous tourist attractions is celebrating its birthday Tuesday ... all alone.

Yosemite National park, arguably the nation's most visited outdoor attraction, turns 123-years-old Tuesday, but because Tuesday is also the first day of the government shutdown, the park will remain closed.

Other tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island in New York, and the Smithsonian in D.C., are also shut.

Google's doodle for Tuesday celebrates the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park on the same day that a federal government shutdown means the gates to Yosemite will be locked.

You can't even visit it online.

Google is celebrating Yosemite's birthday, however.

Log onto the search engine, and you'll see a nice doodle greeting you with symbols from the famous park.

It's been a difficult time for Yosemite recently, between the Rim Fire, California's third-largest fire in history that spread into Yosemite, and the hantavirus outbreak, which killed three park visitors in 2012.

Let's just hope its 123rd year is not as tough on the national treasure as the previous couple.

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