Sixteen days into a government shutdown, Congress finally reached a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. President Obama signed the bill into law Wednesday night, meaning national parks and monuments are now open and vital government services are available once again. On Thursday, Obama addressed the nation and said, "There are no winners here. These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy." But the disappointed president did have some good news, too: "We'll bounce back from this. We always do. America's the bedrock of the global economy for a reason."
Over the past few weeks, barriers across Washington DC were erected around some of the most popular tourist attractions, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. And outside the US Capitol, protesters held up signs with messages to Congress as part of a demonstration. Other major American spots like the Washington Monument and San Francisco's Alcatraz were also closed, leaving tourists frustrated and typically crowded locations eerily empty. Take a look at how America is getting back to work and at some of the most striking photos from the government shutdown.