In a city inundated with psychic shops and all manner of witch kitsch, the closure of the Salem visitor center, along with the historic Custom House and a popular tall ship, could hardly have come at a worse time.
While virtually all the most popular sites will be open as usual, the tall ship and Custom House were closed for the duration of the shutdown.
To fill the void, volunteers handed out maps and brochures at a makeshift visitor center in front of the federal center, doing their best to help people get their bearings.
The city also brought in portable toilets, replacing a key amenity of the visitor center.
Many tourists seemed unfazed by the closures, saying they were too happy about the beautiful weather to worry much about it. Most seemed content to just wander through the city, with no particular sightseeing agenda, or might sit back and let the tour buses do the work.