Top Ten Winter Activities in the Midsouth

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Explore a Texas State Park

Look for dinosaur tracks (really!) at Dinosaur Valley near Glen Rose. Check out the amazing sand dunes at Monahans Sandhills. See the Grand Canyon's cousin, Palo Duro Canyon - the second largest in the United States. Discover more great parks here.

Eat a po-boy in Louisiana

Locals and visitors alike adore these huge, tasty sandwiches. They're made with French bread, mayonnaise and fried oysters or shrimp (some shops use meat, but nothing says Louisiana like the seafood type!).

Feel the beat in New Orleans

You don't need to find a club or concert hall to enjoy amazing music in this city. Here are five places you're likely to catch great live folk, jazz, bluegrass, and more - and of course, brass bands, out in the streets.

Chill out at a hockey game

Most people don't think of this part of the country when they think of ice hockey, but the region actually has plenty of exciting hockey to watch. If you're in or near Dallas, you can see the Dallas Stars, the region's professional National Hockey League team. Looking for a cheaper alternative? Catch their minor league affiliate, the Texas Stars, in Cedar Park.

Watch some top collegiate basketball

Oklahoma and Texas are home to some of the top collegiate basketball programs in the country. Four of the top 25 teams in the nation are located in these two states. Catch a game at Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M and Baylor. You will not be disappointed.

Dig into U.S. history in Arkansas

The town of Fort Smith dates back to 1817, when the U.S. military established a base to calm conflict between two Native American tribes at the western edge of Arkansas. At the Fort Smith National Historic site, you can learn about key moments in U.S. history, including early frontier days, the Trail of Tears, the California Gold Rush and the Civil War.

See a presidential collection

Get an insider's look at the life of an American President at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. See replicas of the White House's Oval Office and Cabinet Room during Bill Clinton's presidency.

Remember the Alamo

More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre site where a small group of Texans withstood the attack of Mexican troops for thirteen days in 1836. Though eventually falling, the death of Alamo defenders has come to symbolize the "courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty." Learn more about San Antonio's most historic site.

Meet a few cowboys

For 50 years, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma has been wowing visitors with history, artifacts, and information about the American west, Native American culture, and cowboys. Learn about sharpshooter Annie Oakley, see what it was like to live on a ranch, learn why horses were a cowboy's best friend, and more.

Discover Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deep in the French Quarter, you'll find elegant landmarks (and a few fortune tellers), including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère (courthouse turned museum), and the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.


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