There are no tours at LBJ's boyhood home and the visitor's center door has a sign that reads, "because of the federal government shutdown this National Park Service Facility is closed.”
Born in Hungary, Katalin Varga now lives in Texas. This week, a friend of hers is in town, but the ongoing battle in Washington D.C. is making things difficult.
"We were really disappointed,” Varga said. “Yesterday we were happy, we saw the Capitol, but next to the Capitol there is the library which was closed.”
In addition to not being able to see the LBJ Library and the sites in Johnson City, the LBJ Ranch is also closed.
Not affected by the shutdown, however, is the LBJ State Park where park officials say visitors are staying longer than usual.
"Pack a picnic basket, see the bison, wildlife viewing, go down the nature trails, see our film in our exhibit hall," Iris Neffendorf, park superintendent, said. "This is a very good start to learn about President Johnson, to get the narrative of his life and legacy in the Texas Hill Country."
For now, Varga and her international visitors are continuing with their travel plans.
"We're going to Fredericksburg, from there we're going to San Antonio, then to Houston to see the Space Center," she said.
Varga was again disappointed though when she recalled the Johnson Space Center in Houston is also closed.