Whether you call it “fall” or prefer the more dramatic “autumn,” it’s finally here. ‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, warm beverages, jack-o’-lanterns, soup on the stove, casseroles in the oven, football, fall TV premieres, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!
So, where do you want to spend this gorgeous season? Check out the best Travel Nurse job locations for autumn 2014.
The Empire State is known for having a gorgeous fall season — whether you’re taking in the splendor of upstate New York or witnessing the beautiful changes of Central Park as the Big Apple shifts gears into autumn. The Adirondacks and Lake George areas are perfect for fall activities, like visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, taking a scenic drive or hike, and more. Speaking of scenic drives, Amtrak just announced the return of its vintage “Great Dome” car to upstate New York this fall. From September 25 through November 4, riders can experience awesome, panoramic views between Albany and Montreal. Click here to see New York Travel Nurse jobs.
Assignments in New York also put you in great proximity to the stunning fall foliage throughout the eastern seaboard. From New York, leaf-peeping hotspots like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are just a day-trip away. (Massachusetts, in particular, also has tons of great jobs right now — click here to check out Massachusetts Travel Nurse jobs.)
It’s a great time of year to fall in love with Washington! They call it the Evergreen State, and Seattle the “Emerald City,” so if you want to remain surrounded by green leaves and thriving plants that’s definitely a possibility here. As Farmers Markets wind down across the nation, Pike Place Market continues to operate 19.5 hours per day, 363 days a year, with an endless supply of fresh produce, seafood, flowers, and all kinds of other commodities — including those delicious Washington apples. While you’re there you can even order your beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte at the original Starbucks location at 1912 Pike Place! Autumn lovers also have plenty to enjoy in Washington when it comes to fall colors, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. A few great routes to check out on your day off for some of the best fall foliage in Washington are the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainer Loop, and Mount Baker Highway. Click here to see Washington Travel Nurse jobs.
One of the great things about life in the Midwest is being able to experience all four seasons unfold. Madison is an ultra-cool town in any season, and with fall you get the added bonus of cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers on the football field. Plus, with amazing colorful forests just perfect for reflecting beautifully off of the state’s many lakes, fall is one of Wisconsin’s best looks. There’s the Marinette County Waterfall Tour, the Bayfield Peninsula, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, and the Hilltop Color Tour, just to name a few opportunities for the perfect scenic fall drive. Also, The Black River State Forest and Black River Falls in west-central Wisconsin boasts 68,000 acres of amazing colors and exciting outdoor activity. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Black River Falls area is abundant with cranberry bogs, which turn a vivid crimson for the fall’s harvest season. Click here to see Wisconsin Travel Nurse jobs.
Virginia is for fall lovers! This Mid-Atlantic state is a little bit of heaven for the autumn-inclined, with 15 million acres of colorful foliage and miles of scenic drives, including a portion of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which connects the gorgeous Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive. You’ll also find all kinds of fall festivities like harvest fests, corn mazes, hayrack rides, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards. Plus, Virginia is perfectly situated so that on days off you can head south a bit to the Smoky Mountains, or north to destinations like D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and more. Click here to see Virginia Travel Nurse jobs.
The Golden State is amazing in any season. Even better, in California you can experience a variety of seasons all at once! You can keep anchored to the south if you want to stay warm and pretend like fall isn’t even happening. Warm temps, world-class shopping, entertainment, sporting events, and other great cultural opportunities know no season in California. Or, you can head north if you prefer to see fall in all its glory. Bishop Creek Canyon and the Shasta Cascade region (especially Plumas County) prove that California does have beautiful fall colors. California’s historic Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is also known for lingering gold and reds, as well as inspired winemakers. Wine enthusiasts will also love Yosemite’s special fall programs like the Vintner’s Holidays in November and December, featuring seminars and tastings with prominent wineries and industry experts, and culminating in a Gala Vintners’ Dinner. Click here to see California Travel Nurse jobs.