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Foreigners Invade Grand Canyon

The Redcoats, the Germans, and the Japanese are coming — to the Grand Canyon, that is. The weak dollar has paved the way for foreigners to flood into the western parks of the U.S., especially the Grand Canyon. A particularly strong Euro means we’ll be seeing a lot more cigarettes, loafers without socks, and obnoxious fashion-forward clothing from the old country around the South Rim this summer. 

 Germans — they would enjoy pumping gas. Grand Canyon officials don’t track visitors by nationality, but rangers say they’ve seen a marked increase in foreign visitors, which they estimate could make up as much 40 percent of all visitors to the canyon.

I suppose it’s only fair, since we’ve spent the last few decades crowding their duomos and piazzas with our fannypacked selves. Just do us a favor and stub out your Dunhill before you get on the trail, Gunter. — Ted Alvarez

Weak dollar lures foreign travelers to Grand Canyon (USA Today)