A report from the National Park service shows visitors to its sites at both ends of North Carolina drew visitors who spent a lot of money in 2012.
The report shows there were more than 15 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway and they spent more than $900 million in the communities near the park. The service said that spending supported more than 12,000 jobs in the region.
Most spending near the parkway supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, hotels, motels and other amusement and recreation.
The park service said more than 3 million people visited Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Those visitors spent $175 million in the vicinity of the park sites to support nearly 2,500 jobs.
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