Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Well, maybe not quite lazy for hardworking Travel Nurses on summer contracts. You may have to work, but you want to enjoy the fairer season too. Luckily, populations in need of healthcare tend to flock to great summer states creating a need for Travel Nurses to follow. So what are some of the best spots for a summer Travel Nurse assignment?
The Tar Heel State has it all. From mountain-nestled, arts-centric Asheville in the west all the way east to Cape Hatteras and NC’s beautiful beach scene. Hop on the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, known as one of the U.S.’s most scenic drives — 469 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Shenandoah Skyline Drive. Along whatever portion of the drive you take there are great stop-off points, from Mount Mitchell (the eastern U.S.’s highest peak) to scattered quaint towns with excellent Carolina BBQ. Beat the summer heat at Linville Caverns where you can explore the inside of a mountain and the temp is a cool 52 degrees year-round. Thirsty for more? Visit New Bern, NC, the birthplace of Pepsi. Click here to view North Carolina jobs.
Summer in the desert can be a sweaty affair, but Arizona has so much going it for it that with the modern wonder of A/C, the classic wonder of cold iced tea, and all the fun in store you won’t mind the heat. There’s actually a lot of aquatic fun to be had here in the desert, from Lake Havasu (known as “Arizona’s playground”) to Salt River (famous for its tubing trips) to fishing hub Lake Pleasant. A summer here practically requires you visit the Grand Canyon, one of America’s most amazing natural wonders. On the city side, visit the many museums, shops, sporting events and other attractions of Phoenix’s metropolitan hub. Arizona is also world-famous for its spas so you can relax there in style. And, Arizona’s brilliant sunsets are at their prettiest in summer months. Kick back after a hard day’s work and gaze at the orange-purple-pink sky splendor. Click here to view Arizona jobs.
If you prefer a slightly cooler climate, Washington State is a great bet for a summer contract. The Evergreen State boasts that iconic Pacific Northwest outdoor beauty, from Mount Rainier to Olympic National Park, and beyond. Use the ferry system to visit the various island communities off the coast, enjoying the journey across the magnificent Puget Sound. Seattle has it all when it comes to culture, concerts, sports, shops, restaurants. Spend a lazy day perusing the famous Pike Street Market and feast on some of the country’s best seafood. Don’t forget the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Gasworks Park, and various botanical gardens, arboretums and museums like the hip Experience Music Project and the Museum of Flight. Click here to view Washington jobs.
The South is so much fun in the summer and there’s a reason why folks have Georgia on their minds. Atlanta offers big city excitement and a host of metropolitan attractions as well as being home to great athletics like the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, and, for racing fans, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, host to NASCAR, Friday Night Drags, car shows, and other races. As for the outdoors, Stone Mountain is the most popular destination with camping, amusement park rides, golf, a Swiss-style cable car skyride, historic tours, museums, a scenic railroad and more. Georgia’s landscape is also great for growing grapes and the state is dotted with wineries. Don’t forget to savor the simple pleasure of a perfectly ripe Georgia summer peach. . Click here to view Georgia jobs.