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State Spotlight: Massachusetts

State of Massachusetts

Could the state known for its famous Boston Tea Party be your cup of Travel Nursing tea?

Because of its iconic New England fall colors and spooky city of Salem, October’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Massachusetts. The Bay State is a lovely choice for Travel Nurses, with some of the best facilities in the nation, tons of opportunity for professional development, and an abundance of things to do on your day off. Read on to find out why the state known for its famous Boston Tea Party might just be your cup of tea!

Travel Nursing in Massachusetts

Boston's beautiful Harborwalk.

Boston’s beautiful Harborwalk.

Massachusetts is a fabulous state for Travel Nurses because of its many state-of-the-art, high-ranking facilities. Because of this, The Bay State consistently has oodles of great, lucrative job opportunities for Travelers where they will learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. Massachusetts also offers big-city excitement alongside quaint communities and a gorgeous coastline, to boot.

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is home to 100+ hospitals — 10 of which are ranked based on high standards from U.S. News & World Report. That includes Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked #4 on the 2017/2018 Honor Roll of Best Hospitals and #1 in the state of Massachusetts. Boston Children’s Hospital, also ranked #1 on the 2017/2018 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Rounding out the top five overall hospitals in Massachusetts are: Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Springfield’s Bay State Medical Center, Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Swan boats in Boaston’s Public Garden.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts the #1 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Massachusetts #2 among the top states for healthcare, #1 for education, and #5 for economy.

As for licensing, Massachusetts is not a walk-through state, nor is it currently at the time of this writing a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state! As for Massachusetts’ compact status, stay tuned as the NLC to eNLC transition continues, because it is one of a handful of states that hopes to pass legislation to join the eNLC in time for implementation on January 19, 2018. Click here for more info on licensing in Massachusetts.

To Do & See in Massachusetts

Cheers sign outside the Bull and Finch bar Boston

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, like original Cheers bar!

Massachusetts has everything from beautiful beaches to magnificent mountains and bustling cities like Boston to quaint enclaves like Rockport.

On the urban tip, Massachusetts’ largest cities include Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, and Lowell. The region is rife with history, arts, and culture, particularly in the capital city of Boston, where you’ll want to explore the famed Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, New England Aquarium, National Historic Park, Newbury Street, Boston Harborwalk, Boston Common & Public Garden, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Harvard Square, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts State House, and so much more!

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker House, where the divine dessert was first served!

A couple of quirky Boston must-dos include riding the swan boats in the Public Garden pond, visiting the Mapparium where you can go inside a gigantic glass globe, and grabbing a barstool at the original Cheers in Beacon Hill!

Boston also has some incredible whale watching that will take you out into the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary and you don’t want to miss the Italian cuisine and cannolis in the city’s famous North End, an iconic “Little Italy” neighborhood that houses incredible historical sites as well as an abundance of delicious food.

Whale Watch

Massachusetts offers some great opportunities for whale watching.

If you’re craving pizza, look no further than the amazing Pizzeria Regina, a North End institution that I still crave on a daily basis! The Daily Catch offers the perfect combination of Italian and fresh seafood. And, when it comes to cannolis, the public is pretty well split between Mike’s Pastry and Modern pastry. I tried both — just to make sure I did my due diligence, and I would just say you can’t go wrong with either!

Sports fans will want to flock to Boston’s legendary Fenway Park to take in a Red Sox game. Massachusetts also offers the chance to see the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Bruins, and nearly 20 other minor league and semi-pro teams. And, fun sports fact: both basketball and volleyball (originally called mintonette) were invented in The Bay State!

Mike's Pastry #2

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

If all that sightseeing has worked up your appetite, good, because the food in Massachusetts is spectacular. From seafood to cider donuts, dining in The Bay State is done right. State favorites include clam chowder (no tomatoes allowed!), fish ‘n’ chips, oysters, Boston Baked Beans, grilled blueberry muffins, fluffernutters, lobster rolls, fried clams, scallops, and baked stuffed scrod. For dessert, consider the aforementioned North End cannolis or Boston Cream Pie, originally served at Boston’s Parker House (now the Omni Parker House) where you can still order it to this day. Fun fact if you do visit the Omni Parker House: The restaurant there is where JFK proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier!

Fenway

A trip to iconic Fenway Park is a Massachusetts must!

Wash it all down with some Dunkin Donuts coffee, an ice-cold Sam Adams, or a tall glass of cranberry juice and you’ll be doing it like a true Bay Stater!

For the outdoorsy, Massachusetts offers 91 miles of the Appalachian Trail and is home to Mount Greylock, which reportedly inspired Herman Melville to pen Moby Dick. Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket are all notoriously stunning stops. Western Massachusetts’ beautiful Berkshires are a treat at any time of year, and throughout the state you’ll find ample opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, golfing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, boating, rowing, skiing, and much more.

Salem Witch House

Spooky Salem makes a great location or day trip!

Massachusetts has some incredibly quaint small towns that are well worth a visit, like Newburyport, Rockport, Marblehead, Nanhant, Lexington, Concord, Amherst, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington.

Of course, The Bay State is also infamous for the Salem Witch Trials, which saw several folks executed for witchcraft in the 1690s. The town of 40,000 is just 45 minutes north of Boston and makes a great day trip, especially around Halloween time! In addition to a trip to the Salem Witch House, make time for a stop at the Peabody Essex Museum and The House of the Seven Gables.

Massachusetts Fast Facts

Cranberry bogs light up The Bay State landscape.

State Nickname: The Bay State

Capital & Largest City: Boston

National Parks: 15

State Parks, Recreation Areas, Trails, and Forests: 151

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 200

State Motto: “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” — meaning “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”

Clam chowder is an institution in Massachusetts. no tomatoes allowed!

State Flower: Mayflower

State Tree: American Elm

State Insect: Ladybug

State Beverage: Cranberry Juice

State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie

Massachusetts was the 6th state and one of the 13 original colonies.

Chocolate chip cookies, disposable safety razors, Bose speakers, microwaves, rubber tires, Tupperware, The Iron Lung, the World Wide Web, basketball, volleyball, computerized spreadsheets, the birth control pill, and the country’s first subway system were all invented in Massachusetts. Heck, some even say that America itself was invented in Massachusetts!

Folk hero Johnny Appleseed is typically associated with the Midwest, but he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.

Boston Public Garden

Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The first-ever telephone call was made in Boston, on March 10, 1876, between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson, who was in the next room.

Boston Latin, the oldest school in America, was established in 1635 — one year prior to the launch of a little institution of higher ed known as Harvard.

The world’s first digital, real-time computer, the Whirlwind I, was created at MIT in 1951.

Boston Common is the nation’s oldest public park.

The Fig Newton was not named after Sir Isaac Newton, but rather the town of Newton, Massachusetts.

USA, Massachusetts, Nantucket Island, View of Great Point lighthouse

Nantucket makes a great, picturesque excursion.

Dunkin Donuts was launched in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Worcester’s WORC radio station was the first frequency to play The Beatles.

During the ice age, glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth.

The first zip code in the United States was given to Agawam, Massachusetts. It is 01001.

Rockport, Massachusetts has a house made entirely of newspaper.

Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the nation.

The Bay State is home to the lake with the longest name on the planet: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

Amy Poehler

Funny lady Amy Poehler is from Newton, Massachusetts.

Famous folks from Massachusetts include Frederick Douglass, Amy Poehler, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Conan O’Brien, Norman Rockwell, Edgar Allen Poe, Timothy Leary, John Cena, Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, W.E.B. Du Bois, John F. Kennedy, Lizzie Borden, Matt Damon, Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, Jay Leno, Uzo Aduba, Denis Leary, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Barbara Walters, Leonard Nimoy, Geena Davis, Uma Thurman, Rob Zombie, Meghan Trainor, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and so many others!

Happy Hours have been banned in Boston since 1984.

The colorful Green Monster at Fenway Park is so iconic that The Red Sox actually patented the hue “Fenway Green.”

Boston is known as “Beantown” because of how much its early residents loved baked beans in molasses.

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State Spotlight: Washington

Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier at Sunset

Washington is a wonderland for Travel Nurses!

It’s apple-picking season, so this month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Washington. The Evergreen State is a great choice for Travel Nurses year-round, but it’s especially magical in the fall. Just imagine yourself drinking fresh cider in the nation’s most prolific apple-growing state and ordering your pumpkin spice latte at the original Starbucks location in Seattle!

Travel Nursing in WashingtonWashington State

Washington is chock-full of the kind of stunning natural attractions that Travel Nurses tend to flock to. Even better, The Evergreen State consistently has TONS of great job opportunities for Travelers. Washington offers everything from urban excitement to quaint communities to serene scenery, pair that with an abundance of job opportunities and it’s no wonder Washington is favorite for so many Travel Nurses!

Washington is home to 110+ hospitals. That includes Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Washington, and which is nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Washington are: Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, Olympia’s Providence St. Peter Hospital, and Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center.

Additionally, Seattle Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington #5 overall on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Washington #9 among the top states for healthcare, #2 for infrastructure, and #11 for economy.

As for licensing, Washington is not a walk-through state, nor is it a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in Washington.

To Do & See in Washington

U.S. News & World Report has called The Evergreen State “an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with its geological diversity, ranging from mountains to deserts, rainforests, and a Pacific coastline.”

Bridge of the Gods

The Colombia River Gorge is totally gorgeous!

First, let talk mountains. Washington is home to two major ranges — the Cascades and Olympic Mountains. Mount Rainier is famously visible from the state’s largest city, Seattle, so it’s great eye candy even from afar. But if you’re the type who wants to do more than just look, you’ll be filled with glee considering all of the options for climbing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, and more. They don’t call it The Evergreen State for nothing, and the state’s old-growth forests are stunning places to find yourself a memorable and peaceful moment. (PS, all these mountains mean great skiing for all levels, if you’re into that kind of thing!)

Another major player in Washington’s natural beauty is water — from the Puget Sound to the Colombia River to an abundance of glaciers and beyond, it’s a force to be reckoned with in Washington in many forms.

Some major hotspots for outdoors majesty you won’t want to miss out on include Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Colombia River Gorge, North Cascades National Park, Hoh Rainforest, Deception Pass, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Lake Chelan, the San Juan Islands, and so much more.

Chihuly Sculptures and Seattle's Space Needle

Chihuly Garden and Glass plus a visit to The Space Needle make up a great day of sightseeing in Seattle!

Outdoors activities here are boundless, including biking, hiking, skiing, whale watching, kayaking, boating, ziplining, river rafting, golfing, climbing, horseback riding, parasailing, and so much more!

On the urban side of things, Washington largest cities include Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, and Renton.

Seattle, known as The Emerald City for its 6,000+ acres of parks, is the state’s most well-known city, and for good reason. Seattle is hip and smart with boundless natural beauty and urban activities. The city has amazing opportunities to shop, dine, see art & theater, and so much more.

Check out the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, Gas Works Park, the Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Washington Park Arboretum, Fremont Troll, Volunteer Park, Lake Union, and so many other wonderful spots!

You can get out of the city for a bit by catching a ferry over to some of the nearby gorgeous spots like Bainbridge Island or Whidbey Island.

Waterfront of Seattle on a sunny day

Ride the Great Wheel and check out the waterfront!

Sports fans will enjoy access to the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Sounders, among many other professional and college teams. Seattle’s also a city that loves its intramural and recreational sports, so while you’re on assignment you can always take that route to join in the athletic fun.

Is all that activity making ya hungry? Well, you’re really in luck, because when it comes to food and drink, Washington knows what’s up! The food here is divine and there’s something for everybody.

In addition to being the country’s greatest producer of apples, Washington is also famous for its Rainier cherries, artisan chocolate, berries (blueberries, raspberries, huckleberries, blackberries), Walla Walla sweet onions, and seafood.

Beecher's Cheese

The mac & cheese at Beecher’s is a Seattle MUST!

Wild salmon, geoduck, oysters, mussels, clams, Dungeness crab and just about any other seafood you can imagine is fresh and absolutely delicious in Washington — from sushi to fish & chips to chowder and beyond!

In Washington’s largest city of Seattle, you can experience true foodie nirvana. Here you will find tons of fresh, farm-to-table options, artisanal breads and cheeses, great bakeries, microbreweries, vegan/vegetarian fare, and cuisine from all around the world! The city’s famous Pike Place Market is a great place to see, smell, taste, and pick up all kinds of regional goodness, including fruits & veggies, pastries, jams, tea, spices, and so much more. Some hometown faves here include Pike Place Chowder, Biscuit Bitch, Ezell’s El Gaucho, Dick’s, Il Corvo, Maneki, Matt’s, Pagliacci Pizza, Thai Tom, Dahlia Bakery, and, of course, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

Leavenworth, WA

A day trip to Leavenworth, Washington will transport you to Bavaria!

And, while you can find food from every corner of the world in Seattle, the pan-Asian cuisine scene here is tops! Thus, you’ll find some of the nation’s best Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian food there.

When you get thirsty there’s plenty of amazing coffee and craft beer to go around, depending on the time of day! Wash all those delicious eats down with an ice-cold Rachel’s Ginger beer, bubble tea, or coffee (choose Seattle legend Starbucks or any number of independent, local coffeehouses) and you’ll be living like a true Washingtonian.

Leavenworth, Washington is a fun trip for when you to feel like you’ve just been transported to Europe. This charming little alpine Bavarian Village is nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range foothills. In addition to quaint, Bavarian architecture, a 96-foot traditional Maipole, European-style murals, and great German restaurants, they put on one heck of an Oktoberfest!

Washington Fast Facts
State Nickname: The Evergreen State

Capital: Olympia

Largest City: Seattle

National Parks: 15

State Parks, Recreation Areas, and Forests: 215

Woman hiking outdoors

The humble backpack was invented in Washington. Also pictured, the gorgeous Olympic National Park!

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 42

State Motto: “Alki” — meaning, “bye and bye.”

State Flower: Coast Rhododenron

State Animal: Steelhead Trout

State Vegetable: Walla Walla Sweet onion

Washington was the 42nd state.

Backpacks, Pictionary, Father’s Day, the electric bass guitar, bread bag clips, the modern shopping mall, the whammy bar, grunge, Almond Roca, wireless telephone, water skis, down-filled parkas, the portable heart defibrillator, the Kindle, Microsoft’s operating systems, and whole bunch of software were all invented in Washington.

Washington is the only state named for a United States president.

The oldest, currently operating gas station in the U.S. is located in Zillah, Washington.

Washington is one of just a handful of states that does not levy a personal income tax.

The first soft-serve ice cream machine in the world was in an Olympia, Washington Dairy Queen.

Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the country.

The Starbucks store at 1912 Pike Place, Seattle, Washington, US

The original Starbucks in its second location at 1912 Pike Place in Seattle.

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, was founded in Seattle.

The largest fleet of ferries in the country serves the Puget Sound area.

The highest elevation in Washington is Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level.

The most rain to ever fall in Washington in one day was 14.26 inches at Mt. Mitchell in 1986.

As part of the Cascade Range, Washington has five major volcanoes: Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens.

In its May 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens lost 1,131 feet of elevation.

Seattle’s Space Needle is 605 feet tall.

Photo of Jimi HENDRIX

Jimi Hendrix is just one famous Washingtonian.

Famous Washingtonians include Jimi Hendrix, Chris Pratt, Bob Barker, Rainn Wilson, Sir Mix-a-lot, Chrissy Teigen, Hope Solo, Tom Robbins, Neko Case, Macklemore, Kurt Cobain, Craig T. Nelson, Bing Crosby, John Elway, Bill Gates, Quincy Jones, Gary Larson, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dave Matthews, Blair Underwood, Adam West, Eddie Vedder, Kenny Loggins, Kenny G, and so many others!

Washington has more glaciers than any other state on the U.S. mainland, with about 80% of all glacial ice in the nation located within its borders.

Everett, Washington is home to the world’s largest building — the final assembly plant for Boeing.

Seattle was the first city in the United States to play a Beatles song on the radio.

In 1974, Spokane became the smallest city to host a World’s Fair.

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State Spotlight: New York

State of New York

New York is wonderful land of opportunity for Travel Nurses!

They say if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere … that’s right, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New York. Many an American — heck, many a global citizen — dreams of taking a bite out of The Big Apple or rolling through idyllic Upstate. Lucky for Travel Nurses, your career makes spending some time in New York a very real possibility!

Travel Nursing in New York

Statue Of Liberty By Cityscape Against Blue Sky

Visit iconic sites like The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

New York is a wonderfully unique state and an absolute wonderland for Travel Nurses. The Empire State has TONS of great job opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as countless chances for adventure and exploration with the many urban and rural activities available throughout the state.

New York state is home to hundreds of hospitals, and, because of its dense population New York City alone is home to more acute care hospitals than many state’s have total within their borders. That includes New York City’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New York, and which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New York are: Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center — all of which are located in New York City.

Additionally, New York is home to four hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital — that are ranked in five or more children’s specialties.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked New York the 13th best state for healthcare and the 17th best state overall. New York is the nation’s third-largest economy, buoyed by financial services, health care, and other industries.

As for licensing, New York is not a walk-through state, nor is it a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in New York.

To Do & See in New York

They say the neon lights are brighter ON BROADWAY!

When it comes to what to do and see in New York, the real problem is how can one do it all?! New York City is what first springs to mind for most folks, because of the incredible city’s amazing history, art, culture, and more. On TripAdvisor, the top 10 things to do in NYC based on traveler rankings include: Central Park, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Grand Central Terminal, Broadway, and the Empire State Building.

Some other perennial favorites include visits to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, Coney Island, and Washington Square Park.

Broadway, as mentioned earlier, is a huge draw for theater fans, but NYC also offers all kinds of great off-Broadway plays and musicals, not to mention amazing music and comedy scenes. Same thing goes for art enthusiasts, who can visit some of the world’s top museums and view classic works, and they can also seek out small, hole in the wall galleries where they can enjoy the works of up and coming artists.

Sports fans will find plenty to do in New York, considering the abundance of teams and games to check out. Some of New York’s pro sports teams include the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York City FCs, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and so many more! Fans of America’s favorite pastime will want to make the trip to Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Bagels and coffee and cabs, oh my!

Just as New York City is beautifully diverse, New York is home to nearly every kind of cuisine under the sun resulting in a delicious spread of restaurants to choose from. Throughout the state of New York you can dine in some of the world’s fanciest restaurants with world-class chefs at the helm or grab a meal at small-yet-mighty, unforgettable mom and pop eateries — and either way, you’re in for a delicious treat!

New York-style pizza is first on many Travelers’ list when it comes to snagging a slice of the local flavor. NYC is also famous for its cheesecake, Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, deli-style sandwiches like pastrami on rye, General Tso’s Chicken, bagels, strip steak, and hot dogs. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Manhattan cocktail and you will be living the New York dream.

Famous Upstate foods include Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck, White Hots, Tomato Pie, Thousand Island dressing, black and white cookies, Peppermint Pig, the Garbage Plate (no really, it’s delicious), salt potatoes, and grape pie.

Outside of NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, White Plains, Utica, Yonkers, Brookhaven, and Islip are some other cool urban areas to check out.

And, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, New York is alternately known for its idyllic Upstate areas. One of the country’s most stunning sights, the raging Niagara Falls, is located on the Canada-U.S. border and this is must-see for any Traveler headed to New York!

Niagara Falls is a must-see when travelling to New York!

Nature lovers will also revel in a trip to the scenic Finger Lakes. Iroquois legend says that the long, narrow lakes west of Syracuse were formed by an impression left by the fingers of the Great Spirit. This is a beautiful landscape to drink in and the lakes provide lots of opportunities for getting out on the water. Hikers will want to check out the Cayuga Trails, Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.

When winter comes, Travelers will want to check out Lake Placid, which is the only place in the U.S. ever to host the Winter Olympics twice. It’s known for its great skiing but there is lots of other great winter recreation to be had here.

Thousand Islands is a 50-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence river decorated with thousands of tiny islands. The Adirondacks offer scenic, forested hills with several lakes and all kinds of outdoor adventure like hiking and canoeing. The Adirondacks are also a very popular spot to take in the fall foliage. There’s also Lake George, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, the seaside beauty of Montauk, Mohonk Preserve, Fire Island, the Erie Canalway, Catskills, and sooooo much more!

Big Apple

Take a bite outta The Big Apple!

New York Fast Facts


State Nickname: The Empire State

Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

National Parks: 23

State Parks: 180

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 296

State Motto: “Excelsior” — meaning, “ever upward.”

State Flower: Rose

State Animal: Beaver

New York was the 11th state.

Toilet paper, Teddy Bears, credit cards, Scrabble, the remote control, Kodak cameras, Jello-O, tuxedos, Pacemakers, Pyrex, chicken nuggets, Bloody Marys, typewriters, traffic lights, synthetic penicillin, and, of course, cronuts were all invented in New York.

Oneida, New York is home to the world’s smallest church, which measures 51” x 81”.

One theory states that “The Big Apple” is a term coined by musicians which celebrated playing the big time.

New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Batter up! Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dairy is HUGE in New York, which has 18,000+ dairy farms.

If the Titanic had finished its intended journey it would have docked at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912.

It’s estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Lake Placid, New York is the only American city that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and 1980.

The country’s first women’s rights convention was hosted in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Women earned the right to vote in New York in 1917.

Famous folks from New York include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Arthur Miller, Denzel Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, Lucille Ball, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Vin Diesel, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Neil Diamond, Ani Difranco, Jon Stewart, and so many others!

New York’s name was New Amsterdam until 1664 when the English took it over from the Dutch and named it after the Duke of York and Albany.

New York City is home to more than 700 miles of subway lines.

New York City has a larger population than roughly 80% of U.S. States!

Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fourteen million tourists visit Niagara Falls each year.

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8 Great Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Fall Swing Woman

Swing into a fabulous fall season with your next Travel Nurse job!

Another summer is nearly in the books — from Wonder Woman on the big screen to “Despacito” on repeat to total eclipse fever, Summer 2017 definitely delivered the goods. But now, as the days grow slowly shorter, we prepare to turn our attention to the joys of fall — like colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, the kickoff of football, fall TV premieres, and pumpkin everything! So, break out your cutest boots, get your pumpkin spice latte in hand, and read on to learn more about these 8 great fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Massachusetts

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for a reason each autumn. From the exciting, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Also, day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials.

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California

California is the most popular state for Travel Nursing regardless of what the calendar says, but it’s an extra special spot for those who like their fall days to coincide with their beach days! Enjoy sunny SoCal spots like San Diego and Los Angeles, and still have the option to head north and hit the slopes if you want. Not to mention wine country, Hollywood, amazing shopping, dining, pro sports, and more are available in The Golden State. Pro tip: California’s Pacific Coast Highway is actually an unsung hero for peeping pretty fall views. Learn more here in our California State Spotlight.

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Washington

At one time famous for their flannels, Washington really knows how to do a fabulous fall season! They call Seattle the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty temperate there even as fall unfurls. Visit the first-ever Starbucks for your caffeine fix, check out the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with a perfect view of magnificent Mount Rainier as a backdrop. Throughout the Evergreen State, you’re never too far from a fun day trip whether to a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors can be found on drives like the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainier Loop, and Mount Baker Highway.

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New Jersey

The rumors are true: The Boss’ home state is totally boss! The Garden State is great place for Travelers to adventure and explore. Jersey offers lots of beautiful nature, including 127 miles of coastline and 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a great jumping off point for exploring the East Coast, and it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of great eats throughout “the diner capital of the world.” There’s also a ton of great museums and truly intriguing history to check out in Jersey. Learn more here in our New Jersey State Spotlight.

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Arizona

The Grand Canyon State offers the best of both worlds when it comes to fall: the temps stay nice and warm, but you can still see lots of pretty fall leaves. The San Francisco Peaks are very well known for their abundance of gorgeous gold Aspens and an autumnal rainbow is on display at Phoenix’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There’s a lot of great opportunity in Arizona, particularly in fall and winter, as older populations travel here to escape the colder months. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, and so much more!

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Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway, AKA one of the most gorgeous drives in the nation, runs through Virginia, making this a prime spot for fall lovers to take an autumn assignment. Plus, this is one state that really knows its way around a fall festival — from wine festivals to corn mazes to pumpkin patches to ghost tours. There’s an abundance of cool historical sites to be seen here as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery and so many more. Not only does Virginia have TONS of great jobs for Travelers, the state’s central location also opens up the possibility for all kinds of cool regional day trips and excursions.

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Missouri

Nothing beats a nice Midwestern fall and Missouri is a great place to experience one. The Show-Me State has lots of great adventures in store for Travel Nurses as well as a wide array of jobs to choose from. Go out for jazz and BBQ in KC. Admire the Arch, take in some blues music, and check out some craft beer breweries in St. Louis. Both of Missouri’s largest city centers also have great pro sports teams, world-class dining, amazing art, and sensational shopping. And don’t forget the sprawling Ozarks and lovably kitschy Branson! Learn more here in our Missouri State Spotlight.

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North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is known for beautiful beaches on the east and stunning mountain ranges on the west. Cool mountain town Asheville is a great spot for an assignment or day trip if you love good food, music, and culture — not to mention incredible mountain views. From Asheville, you can hop on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the very best fall drives in the country, with stunning colors and stately peaks around every corner. And, while the surf does cool a tad in fall, North Carolina’s beaches still boast gorgeous sunsets and wildlife views that can be enjoyed in autumn. Learn more here in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

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Secure Your Next Travel Nurse Contract Before the January Rush!

Happy Travel Nurse

Plan ahead to secure your next Travel Nursing job and you’ll be sitting pretty!

Some patterns are so predictable you can almost set your watch by them. Pumpkin spice cravings in the fall. Discount candy after Halloween. “Quick” trips to Target turning into a cartful of things you didn’t even know you needed.

In the Travel Nursing world, one of the biggest patterns we see is Travelers waiting until early January to secure their next assignment after the holidays. Every year this results in a bottleneck of Travelers facing high competition for the same jobs. So, here’s the 411 on how and why you should secure your next Travel Nurse contract before the January rush!

Timing is Everything

At the start of January, many Travelers want to start off the new year with a new contract. And I do mean many. That’s not a bad idea, but it can be a frustrating experience if you wait until January to find a new job. Travelers are wise to be aware of these types of seasonal rushes and to plan ahead with their recruiter to avoid high competition and the added stress of trying to get a job during this kind of hectic, peak time.

October is another busy month for Travelers wanting to start a new job, so if you know you want to start a contract in October, the best thing to do is to go ahead and get in touch with your recruiter in early September to get the ball rolling. This will help you secure the best job for you without any last-minute stress.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

If you already know roughly when you’d like to begin your next job, it’s never too early to sign on! Doing so protects you from excess competition, gives you a good batch of jobs to choose from, and allows you plenty of time to get everything planned out ahead of your next adventure. A good rule of thumb is to start looking for your next assignment about 6-8 weeks into a 13-week contract.

Alternately, you might consider a contract extension, if that’s available to you. That way you’re all locked in and good to go. Besides, who wants to move in January anyway?! (It really is the perfect time to extend.) If you’re interested in extending a contract, the best time to start discussing that with your recruiter is about midway through your current contract, so again, about 6-8 weeks into a traditional 13-week assignment.

Make Your Contract Work for You

The reason for the January rush of Travelers trying to secure new assignments is largely because people want to take time off for the holidays. But that is not your only option! When signing a contract that will go through the holidays, you can always look into taking certain days off by having that written into your contract. If that’s important to you, be sure to discuss this with your recruiter.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Along those same lines, remember that your Career Consultant is a true expert in helping their Travelers find jobs and negotiate contracts that best serve their Travelers. They have seen dozens of other Travelers through all kinds of assignments and scheduling scenarios, so be sure to explain what you want to them and ask their expert advice on how best to get it! Tell them what you want — whether it’s certain days off or to be in a certain location for the holidays. They may not be able to grant your every wish, but they’ll do their best to make it happen and can provide crucial guidance to position you as best as possible depending on your needs and desires.

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State Spotlight: Missouri

Night view of the arch in the St. Louis skyline

Travel Nurse jobs abound in The Show-Me State, where adventure also awaits!

From cool caves to serene parks to exciting city centers, The Show-Me State is such a grand place to spend the summer that this month’s State Spotlight takes us to Missouri. As one of Missouri’s favorite sons, Mark Twain, famously said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Travel Nursing in Missouri        

State of MissouriMissouri is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing — with its great, central location, loads of activities and attractions in the state/region, and plenty of excellent healthcare facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time.

According to Health.MO.Gov, Missouri is home to 164 hospitals and medical centers, including St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Missouri, and which is nationally ranked in 12 specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Missouri are: St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, and Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield.

Additionally, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University are both nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties.

As for licensing, Missouri is a walk through state, a compact state, and a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in Missouri.

To Do & See in Missouri

Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City

Larger than life shuttlecocks outside the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

The Show-Me State has so very much to show you, with its unique blend of urban hotspots and rural retreats! Get ready to dig into some delectable BBQ, kick back lakeside, explore unique landscapes, get down with some blues tunes, and rock out your latest Travel Nurse adventure.

St. Louis and Kansas City are the state’s top urban spots, and each one has its own unique flair and offerings.

KC boasts great museums with the amazing Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Harry S. Truman Presidential library and Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Arabia Steamboat Museum, and more. Shoppers and fashionistas will want to flock to the famous Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, Crown Center, and Town Center Plaza. Daredevils will want to spend some time at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks. Kansas City is also home to hundreds of fountains to behold!

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Cheer on the Royals at Kauffman Stadium!

In St. Louis you can see and visit the famous Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Cahokia Mounds, Missouri Botanical Gardens and so much more. My St. Louis favorite to-do is the eccentric City Museum! There’s nothing quite like this strange, wondrous place filled with whimsical structures for climbing and viewing, thrilling 5-story and 10-story slides, indoor caves, and all kinds of strange nooks and crannies to explore.

City Museum

St. Louis’ City Museum is an oddball wonderland!

Missouri was the first place in the United States to host the Olympic Games, when the 1904 Summer Olympics were held in St. Louis. Fittingly, sports fans will love the opportunity to check out one of Missouri’s pro sports teams, which include the Kansas City Chiefs, 2015 World Series champs the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, St. Louis Blues, and St. Louis Cardinals. Missouri is also home to a ton of great college and minor league football, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, and more.

With a unique blend of German, French, Italian, and other influences, Missouri has an awesomely unsung culinary scene. Additionally, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis alone is well known for the introduction and/or popularization of TONS of great food faves like hot dogs, iced tea, club sandwiches, cotton candy, and even the beloved ice cream cone!

Kansas City-style barbeque is known for being some of the best in the country!

Kansas City first comes to mind when most people think of Missouri’s solid rep for mouthwatering BBQ, but truth be told, you’ll find amazing ribs and burnt ends statewide. My personal favorite in KC is Joe’s — go to the original gas station location and be prepared for a well-worth-it wait or go in between peak meal times to avoid the mega lines. Other famous BBQ joints in KC include Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, and Jack Stack. Throughout the rest of Missouri, you can get a great BBQ fix at Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Shotgun Pete’s in Columbia, Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Hickory Log in Dexter, and Big R’s in Joplin.

St. Louis-style pizza is beloved in Missouri and characterized by having a thin, crispy crust, cut into squares, and is often topped with provel cheese. What’s provel cheese? Another of Missouri’s iconic foods, provel is a white processed cheese combo of Swiss, cheddar, and provolone cheeses that melts very easily and is most popular in St. Louis.

city of fountains

Kansas City has thousands of gorgeous fountains!

To go with your pizza, how about some delicious toasted ravioli dunked in marinara? Missouri made ravioli even better by frying it to crispy perfection. As the state that pioneered toasted ravs, you will want to be on the lookout for lots of creative versions of this toasted treat throughout the state. For example, Salt + Smoke in St. Louis makes a version filled with chopped, oak-smoked burnt ends, sprinkled with garlic and herbs, and served with a white barbecue sauce for dipping.

With the Anheuser-Busch brewery being founded in St. Louis in 1852, it’s really no surprise that Missouri continues its tradition of stellar suds. Brewers like Mother’s Brewing Company, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales, Schlafly Beer, and many others are actively keeping the tradition alive.

Lake Ozarks

MO loves its water-based activities at spots like the gigantic Lake of the Ozarks.

Other famous Missouri eats include Red Hot Riplets, gooey butter cake, slingers (a breakfast hangover cure staple with eggs, hamburger, hash browns, and chili), pork steak, Ted Drewes frozen custard, deep dish apple pie, and the St. Paul sandwich (egg foo young with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and may on white bread). Wash it all down with one of Missouri’s great craft beers from Boulevard or Abraxas and you’ll be living your best life like a true Missourian!

Most people don’t realize that Missouri’s diverse landscape includes facets like plains, mountains, rivers, and mountains. There’s a ton of freshwater in Missouri, including the famous Lake of the Ozarks, nicknamed “The Magic Dragon” for its shape. Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri’s largest reservoir, stretching across four counties! Water and swimming enthusiasts will also enjoy Table Rock Lake, Creve Couer Lake, Stockton Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and many others. Despite its heartland location, Missouri loves water-based sports and activities like river floats, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and more.

MO Caves

Missouri has more than 6,400 caves!

Missouri is also famous for its 6,400+ caves, including many show caves where visitors can explore. Fantastic Caverns offers tram tours of the underground caverns, and other great cave experiences can be found at Jacob’s Cave, Marvel Cave, Bridal Cave, Talking Rocks Cavern, Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, Meramec Caverns, and many others.

In addition to the Show-Me State’s 12 National Parks, Sites, and Trails, outdoor enthusiasts will love the Missouri state park system, which boasts 91 state parks and historic sites. In fact, Missouri is consistently ranked as having one of the country’s top four state park systems! In addition to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, you’ll want to check out the Mark Twain National Forest, the 240-mile long Katy Trail, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and many other outdoorsy places!

In keeping with the City Museum’s rep for lovable oddness, other offbeat attractions in Missouri include Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, Devil’s Icebox, KC’s Giant Bookshelf, Jesse James Home Museum, Boathenge, the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum — and don’t forget famous attractions like Silver Dollar City and the showy, live music-filled town of Branson!

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, with a whopping eight bordering states, Missouri provides plenty of chances to adventure into neighboring states and destinations throughout the Midwest and the South, depending upon where you’re situated.

Missouri Fast Facts

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You’ve got Missouri to thank for waffle cones!

State Nickname: The Show-Me State

Capital: Jefferson City

Largest City: Kansas City

National Parks, Sites, and Trails: 12

State Parks and Historic Sites: 91

State Motto: “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”

State Flower: Hawthorn

State Animal: Missouri Mule

Missouri is the 24th state.

Waffle cones, 7UP, Lear jets, iced tea, Dr. Pepper, monster trucks, microchips, the 8-track stereo, ragtime music, and instant pancake mix were all invented in Missouri or by Missourians.

St. Louis, Missouri was the first American city to play host to the Olympic Games in Summer 1904.

MO Famous peeps

Tons of interesting folks are from The Show-Me State, including Chuck Berry, Jon Hamm, Sheryl Crow, Mark Twain, and many others.

Missouri was the first state situated entirely west of the Mississippi to be admitted to the Union.

If you love Europe, you’ll love Kansas City. KC was constructed with the vision that it would have “more boulevards than Paris and more fountains than Rome” — so it has tons of both!

The George Washington Carver National Monument outside of Diamond was the country’s first national monument that honored a non-president and the first honoring an African-American.

 

Chillicothe, Missouri was home to the first bread slicing machine.

At eight, Missouri ties with Tennessee as the state with the most bordering states. Missouri’s neighbors are Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Missouri features more than 6,400 caves. In Richmond, Missouri, you can even visit The Cave Restaurant and Resort where you can dine inside a cave!

The world’s largest rocking chair can be found in Fanning, Missouri.

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Woah! Missourian Valentine Tapley grew a 12-foot, six-inch beard out of political spite!

Famous folks from Missouri include Brad Pitt, John Goodman, Mark Twain, Dick Van Dyke, Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer, Sheryl Crow, George Washington Carver, Jesse James, Yogi Berra, Molly Brown, Josephine Baker, Vincent Price, Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, Ellie Kemper, Don Cheadle, Langston Hughes, Kevin Kline, Kevin Nealon, Shelley Winters, Ginger Rogers, Edwin Hubble, Misty Copeland, Kate Spade, Eminem, Harry S. Truman, and Redd Foxx.

Missouri Democrat Valentine Tapley pledged he’d never shave his beard again if Abraham Lincoln was elected president. After Abe was inaugurated, Tapley kepy his promise and didn’t shave for a whopping 50 years! He died in 1910 with a beard that was 12 feet & six inches long.

In 1865 Missouri was the first state to free its slaves.

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State Spotlight: Illinois

Chicago

Take your next job in sweet home Chicago!

Both summertime and baseball season are in full swing, which brings us to Illinois, home of the defending World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. From the excitement of The Second City to its abundant fertile farmlands, The Land of Lincoln is a lovely pick for your next Travel Nurse assignment!

A touristic postal stamp of IllinoisTravel Nursing in Illinois

Illinois is a fantastic place for Travel Nurses — with loads of fun activities throughout the state and region, as well as many great facilities at which to build your career 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care across 102 counties.

According to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Illinois is home to 214 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties, as the #1 hospital in Illinois. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Illinois are: Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center.

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago RiverMoneyRates ranked Illinois #3 on their list of “The Best States for Making a Living in 2017.” And, while still dubbed “The Second City,” Chicago is currently the third-largest U.S. city.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois #29 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized the special draw of Chicago, and ranked IL 10th in infrastructure and 17th in healthcare affordability.

As for licensing, Illinois is a walk through state and a NURSYS state, but it is not a compact state. Click here for more info on licensing in Illinois.

Chicago Cubs

Go, Cubs, go!

To Do & See in Illinois                  

As Illinois’ largest city and the nation’s third-largest metropolis, Chicago is what most people think of when they think of The Land of Lincoln. That’s probably because sweet home Chicago is an amazing place to visit — filled with all kinds of culture, activities, world-class architecture, shopping, dining, theater, art, sports, and more!

Chicago sits on beautiful Lake Michigan, which means the chance to frequent miles of sandy, salt-free, shark-free beaches all summer long! In addition to the swimming, sailing, sightseeing cruises, and sand volleyball that Lake Michigan presents, Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of urban road in the nation. From this famous roadway, you’ll see skyscrapers, lake views, and green spaces. (Speaking of great drives, the famous Route 66 also begins in Chicago!)

Chicago BEan Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, the sculpture that launched a thousand selfies!

If you’re without a vehicle — because Chicago has great public transportation and frustrating parking — check out the Lakefront Trail, which is perfect for biking, jogging, and people-watching.

The Chicago River, the world’s only backward-flowing river, represents another opportunity for water-lovers. The Chicago Architectural River Cruise is well-known as one the city’s must-dos. Ever since the world’s first skyscraper was erected in Chicago, the city has been known for its intriguing architectural history and features. Some of the city’s most famous buildings include the magnificent Willis (or Sears) Tower — which was the tallest building in the world until 1998 — the John Hancock Center, Tribune Tower, Marina City (made famous-er by Wilco), and the Rookery Building. And, of course, architecture lovers will know that this is Frank Lloyd Wright country!

Having is Chicago dog is an iconic part of the Windy City experience.

Other Chicago attractions you won’t want to miss include Millennium Park (with the famous bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture), the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park (and Lincoln Park Zoo!), and more.

Of course, the city where Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler met is also well-known for being a barrel of laughs, so be sure to check out some comedy at Second City, Zanies, The Laugh Factory, the Annoyance Theatre, and other Chicago stand-up and sketch destinations.

Chicago’s got a pretty amazing sports legacy, with famous athletes like Jordan and iconic coaches like Ditka. In addition to taking in a game at the iconic Wrigley Field, where you can watch the reigning World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs, other hot pro sports tickets include the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, and Red Stars.

 Chicago Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Save room for some deep dish pizza!

Whew! If all this sightseeing’s got you hungry, you are in luck, because Chicago has some of the very best eats in the nation. From upscale, world-class dining at places like Alinea, Oriole, and Acadia, to the next tier favorites like Avec, Bad Hunter, and Girl & The Goat, Chicago has some mouth-watering chances for you to treat yo-self in the culinary sense. But even the more moderately priced meals here will wow you, from Chicago dogs, to Italian beef sandwiches, to deep dish pizza. Chicago’s also known for great Greek fare, Puerto Rican jibarito, barbecue, Italian, and more. Illinois is also famous for pierogies, steak, corn on the cob and popcorn. Wash it down with a Green River soda or a Goose Island ale, and you’ll be living the Illinois dream!

Superman

Superman’s official hometown is Metropolis, Illinois, where you can visit the Super Museum.

While Illinois’s highest point is Charles Mound at just 1,235 feet above sea level, there’s some great climbing to be had at Jackson Falls in the stunning Shawnee National Forest. Outdoorsy types will love this gorgeous forested area which is great for hiking, camping, climbing, and more. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is also a beautiful landscape to see and covers 3,300-plus acres of forest in southern Illinois.

Superhero fans will want to flock to Metropolis, Illinois, the Man of Steel’s official hometown and the site of just one building Superman might leap in a single bound, The Super Museum!

Depending on your region, Illinois also offers pretty quick access to neighboring spots like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Quad Cities, Bloomington-Normal, and even Nashville, Memphis, and Minneapolis.

Illinois Garden of the Gods

It’s not all urban, Illinois has breathtaking nature too! Check out the beautiful Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

Illinois Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Land of Lincoln, or, The Prairie State

Capital: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago

National Historic Sites, Wildlife Refuges, and Forests: 9

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 91

State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”

State Insect: Monarch Butterfly

State Bird: Cardinal

Illinois is the 21st state.

Twinkies, the cell phone, zippers, the mechanical dishwasher, the pinball machine, Ferris wheels, softball, modern dentistry, and barbed wire were all invented in New Jersey.

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

America’s famed Route 66 starts in Chicago.

Ronald Reagan is the only president born in Illinois, although he called California his home state. But Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Obama famously considered The Prairie State to be their home base at various times.

Betty White

The incomparable Betty White is from Illinois!

Illinois is the largest U.S. producer of pumpkins.

While Chicago’s lake breezes make it a great summer destination, many sources argue that the nickname “The Windy City” doesn’t come from gusty weather, but rather the city’s famously long-winded politicians who were said to be full of hot air!

The Home Insurance Building, built in Chicago in 1885, was the world’s first skyscraper.

The tallest man in recorded medical history was born in Alton, Illinois. His name was Robert Pershing Wadlow — though he was known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois — and he was 8’11”!

Famous folks from Illinois include Melissa McCarthy, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robin Williams, Chance The Rapper, Cindy Crawford, Shel Silverstein, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Pryor, Bill Murray, Ernest Hemingway, Betty White, Mr. T, Hugh Hefner, Patti Smith, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Approximately 80% of Illinois is farmland.

Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the U.S.

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7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

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Check out these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer is here and not only is the livin’ easy, but great Travel Nursing jobs are easy to find!

The fairer season means the whole world comes alive from coast to coast, and there’s no better time to spin your compass, pack your bags, take the leap, become a Travel Nurse, and explore the country.

May we suggest one of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs as you embark on your next adventure?

Ready, set, go!

California

California couple dog

California here you come!

The Golden State is considered by many to be *the* very best state for Travel Nursing! Not only is it brimming with outstanding nature and geographic diversity, it’s also got some of the nation’s most beloved big cities, like San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. From north to south, there’s a little something for everyone here, and strict nurse to patient ratio laws mean the jobs are always plentiful in California. Summer is an absolutely amazing time explore the great outdoors, urban activities, and bounty of beaches located here. And don’t forget wine country! Whether you’re a wine drinker or not, this beautiful region Is truly something to behold.

If you want to learn more about the great Golden State, click here to check our California State Spotlight.

Or, if you’re already sold, click here for amazing job opportunities and California adventures.

North Carolina sunset

North Carolina sunsets are something to see!

North Carolina

Here comes another fabulous place to hit the beach this summer! North Carolina has some of the nation’s nicest beaches. I have personally witnessed one of the most beautiful beach sunsets I’ve ever seen within its bounds! In addition to beautiful beaches, get ready to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, a boatload of picturesque lighthouses, intriguing historical sites, and so much more. Oh, and the food here is amazing! From the perfect southern biscuits, fried chicken, and shrimp & grits to the distinct style of tangy BBQ and beyond, food is just one more reason to take a bite out of North Carolina.

Check out our North Carolina State Spotlight to learn more about this incredible state!

Or, if you’re ready to see all that NC has to offer, click here to find your dream job in North Carolina.

Virginia

Virginia hike

Virginia is for lovers of hiking, history, and so much more!

Virginia is perfectly located for summer excursions throughout the south and upper east coast — not that you even need to leave the state to do and see some awesome stuff! There a ton of really cool historical sites here like Jamestown, Arlington National Cemetery, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, and many more. The nature is also amazing from gorgeous beaches — like the famous Virginia Beach — to the stunning peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take a spin on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway as well! And, for when you won’t be behind the wheel, Virginia is a surprisingly popular wine destination — with 250+ wineries and lots of scenic wine trails where you can enjoy the view and pop in and out of picturesque small towns and intriguing historical sites.

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Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the summer months!

Missouri

The Show-Me State is great fun in the summertime! Missouri has everything from an extensive network of 600+ caves to world-class dining and high-end shopping in urban centers like Kansas City and St. Louis. Get kitschy with the nightline in Branson, drop some coin in Silver Dollar City, and marvel at the Gateway Arch or get weird at the City Museum in St. Louis. You can also pay tribute to the amazingly wise Mark Twain in his hometown of Hannibal. And who needs coastlines anyway when you’ve got Missouri’s many lakes — most famously the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, which stretches across four counties in central Missouri.

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Washington

"Seattle, Washington"

Washington summer are wonderful!

The Evergreen State is an amazing sight to see in the summer months! Majestic natural experiences abound here from the Cascade Range to Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier — the latter which can spied through many a café window in Seattle. Speaking of the Emerald City, Seattle truly blossoms in the summer months, when the rain tends to slow and the sunshine promotes all kinds of urban outdoor experiences. Take in the Puget Sound, eat some of the finest seafood and other cuisine you can imagine, visit the iconic Pike Place Market and the first-ever Starbucks location, and get artsy at the Chihuly Garden and Olympic Sculpture Park. Whether you like cityscapes or wide open spaces, Washington will not disappoint!

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Wisconsin Devil's Lake

Wisconsin is the land of 15,000 lakes!

Wisconsin

Summer is the very best time to visit the Midwest and Wisconsin is great proof of that. While Minnesota is famous for its 10,000 lakes, The Badger State actually boasts 15,000 gorgeous, natural lakes that are heaven for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. The Wisconsin Dells is a must-do when you visit Wisconsin. There are a ton of cool attractions and activities there, like waterparks, casinos, museums, zip-line adventures, amusement parks, horseback riding, and loads more. Cities like Milwaukee and Madison both have a high cool factor, because there you’ll be treated to great dining, shopping, museums, music, craft beer, and much more.

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Maryland

A female Maryland Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay walks along a pier after being caught by a fisherman in the late afternoon.

Maryland is famous for its crab cakes, crab dip, crab chips, steamed crabs … sensing a theme here?

Travel Nursing is all about freedom, so what better state to visit than The Free State. If you like seafood, top-notch hospitals, history and culture, this is a great state for you. Maryland is also known as “Little America” for it’s insane amount of geographic diversity — it contains nearly every type of terrain and natural feature throughout the nation all in one compact little package. It’s unlikely you’ll run out of things to do and see in Maryland, but don’t forget, Washington D.C. is right next door, giving you access to even more cool stuff to do and see on your journey.

Check out our Maryland State Spotlight to learn more about this super cool state!

Or, if you’re ready to check out opportunities in The Free State, click here to discover great Travel Nursing jobs in Maryland.

If none of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs trip your trigger, there are plenty of other places to roam this summer! Click here to explore all current Travel Nurse job opportunities!

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State Spotlight: New Jersey

New Jersey Map

Enjoy Jersey’s white sand beaches, delicious food, fun summer attractions, and close proximity to NYC and Philly this year!

Because The Jersey Shore is a wonderful place to spend the summer, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New Jersey. Sure, there are plenty of Jersey haters out there and sometimes the state gets a bad rap, but if you really take the time to learn what The Garden State’s all about you’ll be smitten faster than you can say, “Cabs are here!”

Travel Nursing in New Jersey   

New Jersey’s a great state for Travel Nurses — with plenty to do in the state/region and lots of great facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care. All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have at least one such facility, which means residents have access to great care throughout The Garden State.

New Jersey is home to 112 hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New Jersey and which is nationally ranked in four adult specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New Jersey are: Morristown Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and (tied for fifth) AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Valley Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked New Jersey #14 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized New Jersey’s “world-class universities, leading technology and biological science firms and one fast turnpike” and ranked the state second in education and eighth in healthcare.

As for licensing, New Jersey is not a walk through state, nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in New Jersey.

To Do & See in New Jersey

The Garden State is a wonderful hodgepodge of rural and urban adventure! Get ready to dig in at your favorite diner, kick back on the boardwalk, crank some Springsteen, and take your place as a total Travel Nurse BOSS.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey’s Atlantic City Boardwalk is the longest in the world! Atlantic City is also known for its casinos, great nightlife, delicious food, and beautiful beaches!

As you can imagine, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the famous Jersey Shore — which spans 127 miles of coastline, from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Forget the drunken clamor of MTV’s eponymous reality show, because the Jersey Shore’s white sand beaches are an incredible place to soak up a truly awesome beach experience. Imagine your days off chock-full of sun, sand, and surf! The Shore also offers aquatic adventure in the form of barrier islands and bays where you can explore historic lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and more.

Whether you’re after art, culture, or history, New Jersey’s many museums and historical sites will excite. Some of the best such locations in the state include the New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, Montclair Art Museum, the USS New Jersey, Garden State Discovery Museum, the Aviation Hall of Fame, Cape May Lighthouse, Old Barracks Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

If you like your museums a little kooky, there’s also Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Atlantic City or the Silverball Pinball Museum in Asbury Park! Adventure Aquarium and Delaware River Tubing also top many to-do lists for New Jersey. Plus, the state’s got a lot of vineyards popping up such as the popular Beneduce Vineyards, Unionville Vineyards, Heritage Winery, Auburn Road Vineyards, Tomasello Winery, and many more.

Sports fans will love to hit the stands in support of one of Jersey’s pro sports teams, which include the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Red Bulls, New Jersey Devils, Sky Blue FC, and the New York Riveters.

Assorted Sweet Saltwater Taffy on a Background

New Jersey is home to delicious things like saltwater taffy, tomato pie, Italian hot dogs, Jersey-style Sloppy Joes, and so much more!

While New Jersey might not be the first place that pops to mind when it comes to culinary delights, the state has plenty of good eats and great variety. First off, they don’t call it the Garden State for nothing. New Jersey’s third-largest industry is food & agriculture, with 9,000+ farms in-state producing more than 100 kinds of fruits and veggies — most famously, the Jersey tomato.

New Jersey is famous for being the “diner capital of the world” so you’ll be in diner heaven when on assignment there. According to Thrillist, some of the state’s best diners include The Summit Diner, The Pop Shop, Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory, Ponzio’s, Americana, White Mana, and White Rose Diner. Yum!

Other famous New Jersey food experiences include submarine sandwiches, saltwater taffy, Taylor pork rolls, Italian hot dogs, and tomato pie. Wash it all down with a Welch’s Grape Juice, originally conceived in Jersey, or a Boylan’s soda and you’ll be living like a true New Jerseyan! Also, if you’re offered a Sloppy Joe in Jersey don’t expect a Manwich. Jersey-style Sloppy Joes are double decker deli sandwiches, with multiple types of cold cuts, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye.

New Jersey Outdoors

New Jersey is home to 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Pineland National Reserve, and many other beautiful outdoor sights!

While New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors. In addition to the beaches, another excellent choice for outdoor activity is the Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey, which boasts 1.1-million acres! This area has such a unique natural habitat, that in 1983 the United Nations named it an International Biosphere Reserve. Here you’ll find an intriguing blend of flora and fauna, from orchids to carnivorous plants to the Pinelands tree frog and rare pygmy pitch pines. You’ll also find great opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and more with this beautiful, pristine wilderness as your view along the way. Pinelands National Reserve also has some great sites within its boundaries where you can learn about the history and culture of The Garden State.

And don’t forget to check out the 72 miles of The Appalachian Trail that travel through New Jersey!

If you’re more of a city mouse, you’ll love the world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, and casinos located in Jersey’s urban areas like Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, Atlantic City, Hoboken, and more.

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, New Jersey is a fabulous jump-off point for exploring the greater East Coast area. In fact, Jersey’s just minutes away from two of America’s greatest cities — Manhattan on the east and Philadelphia on the west!

New Jersey Fast Facts

New Jersey

Greetings and Fun Facts from New Jersey!

State Nickname: The Garden State

Capital: Trenton

Largest City: Newark

National Park Sites: 12

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 50

State Motto: “Liberty and Prosperity”

State Flower: Purple Violet

State bird: American Goldfinch

New Jersey is the third state and was one of the 13 original colonies.

Bubble wrap, Teflon, Band-Aids, saltwater taffy, bar codes, TV dinners, and the light bulb were all invented in New Jersey.

Street names in the original Monopoly game are all based on actual streets in Atlantic City.

New Jersey is home to approximately 127 miles of coastline.

Bruce Springsteen

Famous New Jerseyans include Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Joe Pesci, Fetty Wap, and many other notable folks!

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest boardwalk in the U.S. and the longest boardwalk in the entire world!

The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken in 1846 and, in more sports new, the first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

New Jersey is one of only two states that prohibits self-service gas stations. (The other is Oregon.)

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened just outside of Camden, New Jersey.

Famous folks from New jersey include Bruce Willis, Buzz Aldrin, Judy Blume, Jon Bon Jovi, Kellyanne Conway, David Copperfield, Glenn Danzig, Danny DeVito, Peter Dinklage, Michael Douglas, Allen Ginsburg, Chelsea Handler, Lauryn Hill, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Jerry Lewis, Ray Liotta, Kurt Loder, George R.R. Martin, Jack Nicholson, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Parcells, Alice Paul, Joe Pesci, Kelly Ripa, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Fetty Wap, and Wendy Williams.

New Jersey is dubbed “the diner capital of the world” for its sheer number of greasy spoon eateries.

New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

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State Spotlight: Maryland

Maryland Map

In honor of Clara Barton and Nurses Week, this month’s Sate Spotlight takes us to Maryland. Let’s go!

In honor of Nurses Week, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to Maryland — the home of the Clara Barton National Historic site, which celebrates the life of the iconic nursing legend and American Red Cross founder.

Travel Nursing in Maryland     

Maryland is an amazing state for Travel Nursing. There are many wonderful facilities here and the geographic location gives Travelers a lot of variety and endless opportunities for adventure throughout the state and region.

The small but mighty state is home to nearly 70 hospitals, including the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Maryland and #4 on its 2016/2017 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Maryland are: University of Maryland Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Baltimore Harbor

Baltimore’s beautiful harbor is a must-see!

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Maryland #8 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. Maryland has one of the best state economies in the nation and remains one of only 11 U.S. states with a AAA bond rating. When it comes to cost of living, Maryland has a unique advantage in that it’s located so close to Washington D.C., yet its residents don’t have the added expense of actually living in the nation’s capital.

As for licensing, Maryland is not a walk through state but it is a compact state and a NURSYS state. Temporary licenses generally come through in approximately two to three days and are good for 90 days. Click here for more info on licensing in Maryland.

To Do & See in Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland

Historic and quaint Annapolis, Maryland’s downtown view, featuring the State House.

There are plenty of great states out there for Travel Nurses seeking variety, but Maryland may take the proverbial crab cake when it comes to geographical diversity!

In fact, Maryland has been dubbed “Little America” or “America in Miniature” since it contains just about every terrain and so many of the natural features found in the U.S. In The Old Line State you can enjoy raging rivers, lovely lakes, stunning seashores, intriguing islands, beautiful bays, fabulous forests, captivating cliffs, majestic mountains, cool caves, wonderful waterfalls, and wetlands brimming with wildlife. You’ll also find that Maryland also has everything from bustling cities to serene small towns to classic farmland areas.

Some of Maryland’s most revered natural attractions include The Chesapeake Bay, a 40-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, The Blackwater National Refuge, Rocks State Park (which also boasts some great history), Assateague State Park (located on a barrier island — and there are roving wild ponies there!), Gilpin’s Fall, Sugarloaf Mountain, Cranesville Swamp Nature Sanctuary, Belt Woods, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, and many more beautiful spots.

Horse race

Get down with The Preakness!

While jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland, sports fans can get down with Baltimore Ravens football and Baltimore Orioles baseball, as well as the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team and several other professional sports franchises. And, of course, the third Saturday each May Baltimore hosts The Preakness Stakes horse race!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a must-see, with 20,000 aquatic animals in amazingly cool, award-winning habitats. Exhibits include cool experiences like the Amazon River Forest, Atlantic Coral Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Shark Alley, and many, many more.

A female Maryland Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay walks along a pier after being caught by a fisherman in the late afternoon.

Maryland is famous for its crab cakes, crab dip, crab chips, steamed crabs … sensing a theme here?

And, speaking of seeing seafood, Maryland is famously known for its ample supply of the nation’s most perfect crab cakes. Other iconic area eats include softshell crab, Smith Island Cake, Thrasher’s Fries, oysters, Utz Crab Chips, cream of crab soup, crab dip, snowballs, and fresh fruit from Maryland’s many orchards and farms. Wash it all down with a National Bohemian Beer, or “Natty Boh” as the locals say, and you’ll be living like a true Marylander!

As mentioned above, if you’re a nurse and a history buff you may want to check out the Clara Barton National Historic Site, where the legendary nurse welcomed the infirm, launched the American Red Cross, and lived until her death in 1912. There’s a ton of other cool historical sites to take in here in The Old Line State, like Historic Annapolis, Fort McHenry, Antietam National Battlefield, Fort Washington Park (which was, for several decades, the only defensive fort that protected D.C.), Historic St. Mary’s City, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, and the Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum.

Washington DC, USA at the tidal basin with Washington Monument in spring season.

An assignment in Maryland gives you great access to all of Washington D.C.’s amazing sights, plus spring is a beautiful time to go!

Other attractions in this great state you won’t want to miss include the Ocean City Boardwalk, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park, and the Baltimore Harbor.

Oh yeah, and there’s a little place called Washington D.C. right next door. I’m told they have a sight or two to see … You know, like the White House, Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art, Newseum, Smithsonian Institution, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Capitol Building, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air and Space Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and TONS more.

Maryland Fast Facts

Maryland State Flag Waving In the Breeze

Maryland’s colorful, unique state flag.

State Nickname: The Old Line State or The Free State

Capital: Annapolis

Largest City: Baltimore

National Parks, Historic Sites, and Wildlife Refuges: 10

State Parks: 40

State Motto: “Strong Deeds, Gentle Words”

State Flower: Black-eyed Susan

State bird: Baltimore Oriole

Maryland is the seventh state and was one of the 13 original colonies.

Annapolis, Maryland is known as the sailing capital of the world. Fitting, as it once served as the Capital of the United States and in the 17th Century was known as the “Athens of America.”

The Maryland State House is the United States’ oldest state capitol that’s still in continuous legislative use.

In 1901, Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins School of Medicine employed the first female professor of medicine.

The United States Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis in 1845.

There’s a town in Maryland named Chevy Chase — but it has nothing to do with the SNL funnyman by the same name.

Frederick Douglass Stamp

Frederick Douglass was a native Marylander!

Famous Marylanders include Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr., John Waters, Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Tubman, David Hasselhoff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taraji P. Henson, Joan Jett, Tori Amos, Philip Glass, Upton Sinclair, Zora Neale Hurston, Tom Clancy, Ben Carson, Nancy Pelosi, and Frederick Douglass.

Ouija Boards and automatic elevators were invented in Maryland. The state also produced the nation’s first umbrellas and was home to its first YMCA.

Maryland was one of two states to give up some of its land for the creation of Washington D.C. (The other was Virginia.)

Forests cover 43% of Maryland’s land surface.

Baltimore’s Mount Clare Station, built in 1830, was the nation’s first railroad station.

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