Claudia Alta Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas in 1912 and was so pretty her family nicknamed her "Lady Bird." Lady Bird ultimately married and was First Lady to the 36th U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson. After a much publicized highway beautification program that she spearheaded, her name became connected with environmental protection. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin on the outskirts of town is a living shrine to the former First Lady's commitment to save Texas's indigenous wildflowers and plants. The center makes for a great afternoon outing and has numerous trails and plantings that keep the original flora of the state flourishing. You can pair a visit to the garden with a trip to the LBJ Ranch in Johnson City where you can see how LBJ and Ladybird lived at the "Texas White House."