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State Spotlight: Rhode Island

Photograph with rear view of two women meditating on beach, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to remarkable Rhode Island! The Ocean State is known for its natural seaside beauty, quaint cities, delicious seafood, and a wealth of incredible Travel Nursing career opportunities. Notoriously tiny, Rhode Island’s tourism website refers to the state as “fun-sized” but there sure is a ton of flavor and fun packed into its scant 1,214 square miles. Read on to find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

Travel Nursing in Rhode Island

Rhode IslandRhode Island may be small, but it offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. Build your resume and develop your skills at Traveler-friendly hospitals in an atmosphere with lots to do and see on your days off!

Rhode Island is home to about 15 hospitals — several of which are ranked as “High Performing” in specific procedures on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes Warwick’s Kent County Memorial Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), Providence’s Miriam Hospital (High Performing in two adult specialties and five procedures/conditions), Newport’s Newport Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition), Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), and Wakefield’s South County Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition).

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Rhode Island #28 overall, as well as #8 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Rhode Island is not a walk-through state nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more, up-to-date info on licensing in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Fast Facts

High rise buildings on Providence waterfront, Rhode Island, United States

Picturesque Providence.

State Nickname: The Ocean State

Capital: Providence

Largest City: Providence

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 15

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 46

State Motto: “Hope”

State Flower: Violet

State Tree: Red Maple

State Bird: Rhode Island Red

State Shell: Quahaug

State Marine Mammal: Harbor Seal

Colorado was the 13th state — the last of the original 13 colonies.

Notoriously tiny, you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles.

In 1776, Rhode Island was the first of the 13 colonies to renounce its allegiance to Great Britain, but was the last to ratify the Constitution in 1790 after insisting on adding the Bill of Rights.

Rhode Island shares a state water border with New York.

Rhode Island Governor Ambrose Burnside is said to be the originator of sideburns.

Mr. Potato Head, Pell grants, American Tourister luggage, Glee gum, the modern sprinkler system, pizza strips, coffee milk, the diner, clam cakes, the fast break play in basketball, and sideburns were all invented in or originated in Rhode Island!

More than 400 Rhode Islands could fit inside Alaska.

Glendale, Rhode Island claims to be home to the world’s oldest penny arcade.

The first golf open was hosted in Rhode Island in 1895.

Although it’s far north of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, the nation’s first jazz fest was held in Newport, Rhode Island in 1954.

Some of the largest pumpkins in U.S. history have been grown in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is often credited with hosting the first lawn tennis championship in 1899 — nowadays we call it badminton.

The Rhode Island State House is home to the fourth-largest self-supporting dome in the world — behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Minnesota state capital, and the Taj Mahal!

Rhode Island son Gilbert Stuart drew the portrait of George Washington that is featured on the dollar bill.

Ann Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town when she launched Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1640.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Rhode Island include Viola Davis, Meredith Viera, H.P. Lovecraft, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift, Seth MacFarlane, Lamar Odom, Charlie Day, Olivia Culpo, Richard Jenkins, The Farrelly Brothers, Christine Amanpour, Harry Anderson, Cormac McCarthy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Ruth Buzzi, James Marsden, Mena Suvari, and Pauly D.

Rhode Island son George M. Cohan penned the famous patriotic songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Rhode Island was the first state to take an anti-slavery stance via laws passed as early as 1652.

Newport’s Pelham Street was the nation’s first gas lit street.

Rhode Island was home to both the first Baptist church and the first synagogue built in America.

The first American outdoor polo match was hosted in Rhode Island in 1876.

Watch Hill, Rhode Island is home to the nation’s oldest carousel, The Flying Horse Carousel.

To Do & See in Rhode Island

VisitRhodeIsland.com cleverly refers to The Ocean State as “fun-sized.” But despite its small stature — you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles — the state offers lots to do and see, including its 400-some miles of shore.

dusk at Castle Hill

Dusk at Castle Hill.

Urban explorers will find locales like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket good places to find great dining, shopping, culture, history and so much more. Good stops to make in Providence include Federal Hill, Waterplace Park, the Rhode Island State House, India Point Park Playground and Mosaic Mural, College Hill, Kennedy Plaza, The Providence Athenaeum, the first Baptist church in America, Benefit Street, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Roger Williams Park, and more.

Jazz lovers will want to make a point to visit in the summertime when Newport hosts its famous Newport Jazz Festival, which began in 1954. The state is also home to quirky museums like the Newport Car Museum, The Breakers, Rosecliff, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Green Animals Topiary Gardens, among others.

Outside of the city scene, Rhode Island offers considerable natural beauty in places like Mohegan Bluffs, Sachuest Beach, Narragansett Beach, Clayhead Nature Trail, Brenton Point State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Mansion Beach, Scarborough State Beaches, and many other locations throughout the state. Additionally, with the easy drive across the state, an assignment in Rhode Island puts you in close proximity to taking an adventure outside of the state’s borders throughout the east coast and New England areas!

After all that urban or rural adventuring, you’ve probably worked up quite the appetite. You’re in luck because Rhode Island is home to some delicious eats! The Ocean State is known for its tasty seafood chowder, lobster bisque, clam cakes, Irish brown bread, Del’s frozen lemonade, doughboys, hot wieners, clams casino, pizza strips, Johnnycakes, clam chowder, stuffies (stuffed quahogs), lobster ravioli, clam bakes, and calamari. Wash it all down with an iconic coffee milk and you’ll be living like a true Rhode Islander!

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7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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Where do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative fall season? Check out these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Fall is officially here! It’s the magical season filled with cozy cardigans, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, hot beverages, jack-o’-lanterns on the porch, soup on the stove, football and fall premieres on the TV, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

So, where do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? We offer for your consideration these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Massachusetts

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for good reason each autumn. From the beautiful, 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. 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. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

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WashingtonCouple walking dog in park

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 Washington, 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. Learn more about The Evergreen State here in our Washington State Spotlight. 

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ArizonaGrand Canyon National Park, AZ

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! Learn more about The Grand Canyon State here in our Arizona State Spotlight.

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VirginiaAutumn on Monument

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! 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. Other leaf-peeping opportunities abound at Shenandoah National Park, Back of the Dragon (Route 16), Smith Mountain Lake, Big Walker Lookout, Breaks Interstate Park, and many other beautiful locations. History buffs will be in heaven with sites like Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, and a wealth of awesome museums. Coastal Virginia offers still-warm sand as fall begins, sailing, fresh seafood, and views of migrating birds. Ghost tours, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, and pumpkin patches round out the fun fall activities in this multi-faceted state. Learn more about The Old Dominion State here in our Virginia State Spotlight.

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CaliforniaWoman with camera in autumn landscape, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

California is the very 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 about The Golden State here in our California State Spotlight.

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New YorkYoung woman enjoying New York skyline and autumn colors in Central Park, NY, USA

For a famous New England fall foliage display, The Empire State is a fantastic home base location. The Big Apple looks great in fall, with gorgeous colors sparkling throughout Central Park, and plenty of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience. Upstate hotspots like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are famous for their plentiful fall activities, including scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and much more. Pay tribute to the passing of the 2018 baseball season with a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Learn more about The Empire State here in our New York State Spotlight.

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ColoradoHiker looking over view of fall colored aspens

The magnificent changing of aspens is the first thing that usually comes to mind when a Colorado fall is mentioned, and Aspen and Crested Butte are among popular places to peep those gorgeous gold leaves. Estes Park is another popular destination for fall, offering great colors, but also the unique opportunity to witness the elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s also no better time than spooky September and ominous October to visit the famously haunted historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired the setting of Stephen King’s The Shining. Colorado’s numerous scenic byways dazzle with fall colors statewide, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, if you’re a skier and winter-lover, you might look into starting an assignment here in the Centennial State in fall and extending through winter! Learn more about The Centennial State here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

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State Spotlight: Colorado

Main Street Telluride Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a great spot for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to colorful Colorado! The Centennial State is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of exciting Travel Nursing career opportunities. Colorado has majestic mountains, fascinating history, hip urban hotspots, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Centennial State are 100% awesome!

Travel Nursing in Colorado

Colorado StampColorado is an absolutely majestic state with plenty of natural beauty to explore on your days off and the state also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Centennial State, you can access an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Colorado is home to about 100 hospitals — 12 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Colorado hospital, Aurora’s University of Colorado Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialty and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Colorado are: Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker’s Parker Adventist Hospital, Denver’s Rose Medical Center, and Loveland’s UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Colorado #10 overall, as well as #1 for economy, #9 for healthcare, and #10 for quality of life.

As for licensing, Colorado is not a walk-through state but it is a NURSYS state and a compact state. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Colorado.

Colorado Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Centennial State

Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

National Parks: 13

State Parks: 41

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Nothing without providence.”

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Gem: Aquamarine

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado was the 38th state.

Colorado means “colored red.”

Colorado is the only state to turn down the Olympics. Sixty-two percent of Colorado voters spurned the 1976 Olympics due to concerns about cost and pollution.

The Mt. Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado is the highest paved road in North America.

Colorado is home to more mircobreweries per capita than any other state.

The cheeseburger, the wheel clamp aka “The Boot,” root beer float, Otterbox phone cases, Crocs, Jolly Ranchers, Coors, outdoor Christmas lights, tampons, Chipotle, the prototype for the helicopter, sign language translating gloves, teddy bears, and shredded wheat were all invented in or originated in Colorado!

The U.S. federal government own more than 30% of Colorado’s land.

Denver is home to Colfax Avenue — the longest contiguous street in the nation.

The Denver capital building’s 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.

The iconic song “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates after she saw the inspirational view from Pikes Peak.

Dove Creek, Colorado is the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World.”

The world’s first rodeo was held in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado.

Native Americans tribes in Colorado were Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, and Ute.

The first license plate on a car in the nation was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Colorado include Tim Allen, Amy Adams, Roseanne Barr, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Davis, Duane “Dog” Chapman,  Ouray, Jon Heder, T.J. Miller, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Murray, Kristen Schaal, Trey Parker, Pam Grier, AnnaSophia Robb, John Kerry, Matthew Shepherd, Heidi Montag, Ken Kesey, Hannah Hart, Melissa Benoist, Chauncey Billups, Jack Dempsey, and Sheryl Lee.      

Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy. 

Grand Mesa, Colorado is home to the world’s largest flattop mountain. 

Glenwood Springs, Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs which covers two blocks.

Denver hosts the world’s largest rodeo each year, the Western Stock Show.

Colorado is one of four states which meet creating the “four corners.” The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Continental Divide is in Colorado. This natural boundary separates North America’s river systems. Water that flows to the west runs to the Pacific Ocean and water that flows to the east travels to the Atlantic Ocean.

To Do & See in Colorado

The Centennial State has an abundance of diverse activities for Travelers to do and some truly incredible sights to see — including its famously majestic mountains. The state is home to tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, unique attractions, fascinating history, and so much more — making Colorado the perfect location for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For urban explorers, Colorado’s largest cities include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial, and Pueblo. Cool, exciting, unique cities like these really display what makes Colorado such a great place to live, work, and play.

Denver — AKA The Mile-High City — is an exciting playground for Travelers with its great outdoor scene, dining, shopping, sports, museums, scenery, and so much more. Fun stops to check out in and around Denver include Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Elitch Gardens, Coors Field, City Park, Downtown Aquarium, Colorado State Capital, Cherry Creek, Water World, Molly Brown House Museum, Civic Center, and so much more!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Colorado as you’ll get the chance to root for Denver’s Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche, and Rapids — as well as the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Outside of the capital city, Colorado has an abundance of mid-sized cities and quaint hamlets alike. Visit Estes Park for a trip to the iconic Stanley Hotel, featured as a prominent character in Stephen King’s The Shining, then head into Rocky Mountain National Park to hear the elk bugling. Take a day trip to cool Fort Collins and get down with the chill, college town vibe and excellent eats. Longmont is home to the Left Hand Brewing Company, just one of Colorado’s many, many craft beer outlets and microbreweries. Tune in with nature and visit natural hot springs in Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Ouray, Durango, and many other locations throughout the state.

Nature lovers will most definitely find their happy place in colorful Colorado. The Centennial State offers incredible, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, breathtaking views and vistas, and so much more. Top spots for lovers of the great outdoors include Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Mesa Verde National Park, the Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monuments, Colorado National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, and so much more.

If all that outdoor adventure has you famished, you’re in luck, because Colorado cuisine is as tasty as its ski slopes! The Centennial State is known for its delectable peaches, lamb, green chili, fresh trout, elk sausage, bison burgers, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, sopapillas, pizza crust dipped in honey, and, for the adventurous eater — the infamous Rocky Mountain Oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Colorado craft beer or Colorado Snowball and you’ll be living like a true Coloradoan!

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State Spotlight: Michigan

Pictured Rocks Kayaker Arch 2

Michigan has an abundance of water, beauty, and Travel Nursing jobs — making it a great spot for your next assignment!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Michigan! The Great Lakes State is known for its beauty as well as its abundance of wonderful Travel Nursing career opportunities. Michigan has exciting cities, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, fascinating history, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Great Lakes State are totally great!

Travel Nursing in Michigan

State of MichiganMichigan is not only a beautiful state with lots to do and see on your days off, it also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Great Lakes State, you will discover an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Michigan is home to more than 165 hospitals — 21 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Michigan hospital, Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, which is nationally ranked in 14 specialties and 10 children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialties and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Michigan are: Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, Troy’s Beaumont Hospital-Troy, Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, and Detroit’s DMC Harper University Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Michigan #37 overall, as well as #20 for opportunity and #22 for economy.

As for licensing, Michigan is not a walk-through state but it is a NURSYS state. As of August 2018, Michigan had legislation pending to be a compact state within the eNLC. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Michigan.

Michigan Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Great Lakes State or The Wolverine State

Capital: Lansing

Detroit Aerial Panorama

Some call it Motor City, some call it Rock City, but everyone loves Detroit!

Largest City: Detroit

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 103

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 53

State Motto:If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” 

State Flower: Apple Blossom

State Tree: Eastern White Pine

State Bird: American Robin

State Fossil: Mastodon

State Reptile: Painted Turtle

Michigan was the 26th state.

Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge — one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

In reference to its shape, Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is often dubbed “the mitten.”

Grand Haven, Michigan is known for its famous singing sand beaches, which give off a whistling sound when walked on.

Ginger ale (also the nation’s first soda pop), fiber optics, baby food, synthetic penicillin, hospital beds, three-color traffic lights, the middle lines on roadways, techno music, Detroit-style pizza, the Motown sound, home-based sales (think Tupperware parties), cereal, public works programs, radio news shows, paint-by-numbers kits, and the automobile assembly line were all invented in Michigan!

The Great Lakes make up about 20% of freshwater in the world.

Michigan is home to more than 129 lighthouses and navigational lights.

While The Wolverine State is one of Michigan’s enduring nicknames, there are no longer any wolverines in the state. 

Michigan is home to the longest freshwater shoreline in the world — it also has more shoreline period than any other state but Alaska.

Lighthouse at Lake Michigan

Betsie Point Lighthouse is just one of Michigan’s many adorable lighthouses!

Fittingly, Michigan boasts the most boat registrations in the nation.

In 1879, Detroit phone customers became the nation’s first to get assigned telephone numbers.

Michigan is the only state to touch four out of five Great Lakes.

Battle Creek, Michigan is known as the “Cereal Capital of the World.”

The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald — memorialized in a famous Gordon Lightfoot song — is displayed at Michigan’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

The first tribal-owned casino in the nation was Kings Club Casino, created by the Ojibwe Indians of Bay Mills.

Famous folks from Michigan include Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepherd, Diana Ross, Ken Jeong, Tom Selleck, Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Henry Ford, Jack White, Francis Ford Coppola, Lily Tomlin, Kid Rock, Charles Lindbergh, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Michael Moore, Jemele Hill, Madonna, Christie Brinkley, Gilda Radner, John Hughes, David Spade, Terry Crews, Burt Reynolds, Kate Upton, Potter Stewart, and Bob Seger.

The first soda pop in the U.S. was Vernor’s ginger ale — which was created accidentally in Detroit in 1866.

Indian River’s Cross in the Woods Catholic shrine features a 31-foot high crucifix — the largest crucifix in the world.

The nation’s first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall was the Kalamazoo Mall.

Henry Ford formed the Ford Motor Company in 1903 in Detroit.

Mackinac Island State Park was the nation’s first National Park before it was transferred to the state.

Deep underneath the city of Detroit, Michigan are 1,400 acres of salt mines.

Colon, Michigan considers itself the “Magic Capital of the World” and it hosts a magician convention every August.

The Michigan Triangle — akin to the Bermuda Triangle — stretches over Lake Michigan near Ludington, Benton Harbor, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is the site of lots of plane and ship disappearances.

In addition to Henry Ford’s influence, Detroit was dubbed the Motor City because it boasted the first mile of concrete highway, the first four-way three-color traffic light, and the first urban freeway.

To Do & See in Michigan                        

Paradise Cove on Lake Superior, Michigan

Michigan is a water lover’s wonderland! This is beautiful Paradise Cove on Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes State has all kinds of diverse activities for Travelers to do and so many beautiful sights to see. There’s an abundance of water, outdoor recreation, unique attractions, interesting history, and so much more. Michigan is a truly magnificent place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For city lovers, Michigan’s largest cities include Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. Cities like these show off what makes Michigan such a great place to live, work, and play.

Detroit is the urban crown jewel of The Great Lakes State, with its easy access to great dining, shopping, sports, museums, and so much more. Many people know Detroit as Motor City, with its proud history of innovation in automobiles, roadways, and other trappings related to cars. For others, Motown may spring to mind, because of the city’s proud musical tradition. Explore these aspects of the city’s rich history at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or at the Motown Museum.

Other fun stops in Detroit include Belle Isle Park, Hart Plaza, The Fox Theatre, Detroit Historical Society, Greektown, Camp Martius Park, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Heidelberg Project, Belle Isle Aquarium, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Riverfront and Detroit Riverwalk, Grand Circus Park, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, “The Fist” monument to Joe Louis, the Guardian Building, and so much more!

Some of the state’s other must-sees and dos include Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, Holland’s Tulip Festival, Ann Arbor’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Grand Rapids’ Meyer May House and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the Michigan State Capitol and Michigan History Center in Lansing, and more.

Lovely small towns and beach towns in Michigan to visit include Saugatuck, Frankenmuth, Copper Harbor, Petoskey, Tecumseh, South Haven, and Paradise. These towns offer quaint scenery, rich history, lots of fun and unique activities and festivals, and more. You can also check out some of the state’s 129-plus quaint lighthouses!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Michigan as you’ll get the chance to root for Detroit’s Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons — not to mention the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Serving Detroit style pizza

Detroit-style (or Sicilian-style) pizza is just one example of all the good eats to be had in Michigan!

When it comes to food, Michigan has a great deal of snack appeal — the state is known for its historic contributions to the potato chip and cereal industries, and when Vernors Ginger Ale was accidentally invented in 1866 by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, it became the nation’s first soda pop!

Additionally, Michigan is known for its Detroit-style square pizza, cherries, apple cider and cider doughnuts, Cornish pasties, incredible Greek cuisine, paczkis (Polish doughnuts), Mackinac Island fudge, blueberries, whitefish, zip sauce, chipati, coney dog, and Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Wash it all down with a Faygo soda, Hummer cocktail, or an ice-cold Bell’s Oberon and you’ll be living like a true Michiganian!

If you love the great outdoors, The Great Lakes State is a perfect fit for you! Particularly for those fond of beach days, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and other watersports, Michigan is a wonderland for water lovers. From any point in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake! Incredible activities, views, and to-dos for the outdoorsy include Mackinac Island, Porcupine Mountains, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Thunder Bay, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Iron Mountain, Tawas Point State Park, Belle Isle State Park, and so much more

Ready for your adventure to Michigan?!

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State Spotlight: Pennsylvania

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Find out why Pennsylvania is the perfect location for Travel Nurse champs!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to phenomenal Pennsylvania! The Keystone State is loaded with exciting career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as diverse terrain that includes farmland, forests, and mountains, historical cities, great food, and all kinds of fun stuff to do on your day off. Read on for some “major keys” on why Travel Nurse assignments in The Keystone State are amazing!        

Travel Nursing in Pennsylvania

State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a phenomenal state for Travel Nursing!

Pennsylvania offers a steady inventory of Travel Nursing jobs for you to choose from. These are great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you beef up your resume and build your healthcare skills. Plus, The Keystone State is a gorgeous blend of city and country, with all kinds of exciting adventures to partake in on your days off. 

Pennsylvania is home to nearly 250 hospitals — 27 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia’s Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in two more adult specialties and seven procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Pennsylvania are: Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Philadelphia’s Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Hershey’s Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Allentown’s Lehigh Valley Hospital.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Pennsylvania #38 overall, as well as #16 for opportunity and #23 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Pennsylvania is not a walk-through state, a compact state, or a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Fast Facts

Independence Hall of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to tons of U.S. history!

State Nickname: The Keystone State or The Quaker State

Capital: Harrisburg

Largest City: Philadelphia

National Parks: 19

State Parks: 111

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 196

State Motto: “Virtue, liberty, and independence”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: Hemlock

State Animal: White-tailed Deer

State Dog: Great Dane

State insect: Firefly

Pennsylvania was the second state and one of the original 13 colonies.

For one season during World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers combined to become the Steagles!

The movie theater, Zippo lighters, the Slinky, bubblegum, Crayola crayons, bifocals, lightning rods, revolving doors, the smiley face emoticon, matchbooks, packaged condiments, pencils with attached erasers, the polio vaccine, odometers, gas stations, soda pop, Jeeps, the toilet paper roll, Choco Tacos, Monopoly, the Ferris Wheel, and even The United States of America were all invented in Pennsylvania!

Backpacking West Rim Trail Pennsylvania

Hike the beautiful West Rim Trail in Tioga State Park. The 30-mile trail overlooks Pine Creek Gorge and is considered the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Pennsylvania was named in honor of William Penn’s dad, Admiral Sire William Penn, and the name means “Penn’s Woodland.”

Pennsylvania was famously once the seat of the federal government, from about 1776 to 1800.

Love them or hate them, Peeps are manufactured at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Just Born Candy factory.

The first circulating library, The Library Company of Philadelphia, began in 1731. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin and partners.

Hershey, Pennsylvania is the Chocolate Capital of the U.S.

The world’s first commercial broadcast station, KDKA out of Pittsburgh, started daily broadcasts on November 2, 1920.

The United States’ first zoo was built in Philadelphia in 1876.

Betsy Ross created the first American flag in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania is home to the highest concentration of Amish in the country.

Pennsylvania is the only original colony that is not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.

The first daily newspaper was published in Pennsylvania in 1784.

Famous folks from Pennsylvania include Meek Mill, Mister Rogers, Louisa May Alcott, Arnold Palmer, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Kobe Bryant, Grace Kelly, Kevin Hart, Amber Rose, Joan Jett, Jim Croce, Bret Michaels, Gillian Jacobs, Amanda Seyfried, Mac Miller, Bob Saget, Christine Taylor, Jack Palance, Kate Gosselin, Seth Green, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Betsy Ross, Noam Chomsky, Billie Holiday, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Wilt Chamberlain, and Daniel Boone.      

Liberty Bell Detail

Crack goes the Liberty Bell!

Pennsylvania’s Indiana County has been dubbed the Christmas Tree Capital of the World.

Orefield, Pennsylvania is home to the oldest drive-in movie theater in the nation — Shankweiler’s Drive-In, which opened in 1934. 

Nazareth, Pennsylvania has been home to Martin Guitars since 1833. 

Hellam, Pennsylvania is home to the world’s largest shoe — which is also a house!

The first baseball stadium was built in 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Rockville Bridge is the world’s longest stone arch bridge.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is home to the all-knowing Punxsutawney Phil who gets his annual 15 minutes of fame each Groundhog Day, whether he sees his shadow or not!

James Buchanan was the only president to hail from Pennsylvania.

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is the Mushroom Capital of the World.

The world’s first computer was used in Philadelphia in 1946.

To Do & See in Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest is just one of Pennsylvania’s gorgeous great outdoors spots.

The Keystone State has tons for Travelers to do and see. There are the calm rolling hills, dramatic mountains, and several city centers offering excitement and history. Pennsylvania is a truly phenomenal place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Pennsylvania’s largest cities include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. Each of these cities represents what makes Pennsylvania such a great place to live, work, and play — with various bits of unique history, scintillating sports, divine drinks and eats, and so much more.

Yo, Adrian! Philadelphia is so much more than just Rocky’s hometown. Pennsylvania’s largest city is a wonderful place to brush up on history. You can tour Independence Hall (the birthplace of the United States), check out the Liberty Bell, jog up the “Rocky steps” and pose with the bronze statue of Balboa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, check out the many awesome museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, visit the vendors at Reading Terminal Market, explore South Philly’s Italian Market, kayak down the Schuylkill, and so much more!

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

The Keystone State is known for its famous Philly cheesesteaks and many other delicious eats!

You will, of course, want to snag a famous Philly Cheesesteak while in the city of brotherly love. Pat’s King of Steaks, Geno’s Steaks, Jim’s Steaks, Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies, John’s Roast Pork, Steve’s Prince of Steaks, and Sonny’s Famous Steaks are some of the city’s best. (More on Pennsylvania food below!)

Some of the state’s other must-sees include Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater home south of Pittsburgh, Hershey’s Hersheypark — a chocolate-themed amusement park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Museum, and more.

Pennsylvania is also home to rich rolling hills dotted with farms and some bucolic small towns that make great day trips, including New Hope, Lititz, Doylestown, Strasburg, Wellsboro, Mars, and Boiling Springs. These towns offer quaint scenery, rich heritage, fun activities, great food, and more.

Pennsylvania’s York County has been dubbed the Snack Food Capital of the World thanks to the many popular snack brands made there. But whether you just want a nibble or a more substantial nosh, Pennsylvania is known for some delicious eats.

Valley Forge Sunset

Beautiful sunset at Valley Forge National Park!

In addition to snacks from the likes of Utz, Snyder’s of Hanover, Herr’s, and others, Pennsylvania is known for its soft pretzels, pierogies, Whoopie pies, scrapple, Peeps, Hershey’s chocolate, Lebanon bologna, apple butter, Tastykake, dippy eggs, pot pie, Old Forge-Style pizza, Stromboli, wedding soup, red beet eggs, mushroom strudel, Shoofly pie, Primanti Bros. sandwiches,  and, of course, famous Philly cheesesteaks. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Arnold Palmer or Yuengling beer and you’ll be living like a true Pennsylvanian!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Pennsylvania as you’ll get the chance to root for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Union, and tons of other great pro, semi-pro and college teams.

For lovers of the great outdoors, Pennsylvania does not disappoint. The Keystone State is a great place to hike the Allegheny Mountains, bike the Great Allegheny Passage, kayak the Susquehanna River, ski the Poconos Mountains, beach it up on Lake Erie, explore the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and so much more.

Ready for your adventure to Pennsylvania?!

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Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Discover your destiny with these Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer’s almost here and that means two things: the livin’ will be easy and tons of great Travel Nursing jobs will be at your fingertips!

This fair 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 nation.

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

Ready, set, go!

Couple in canoe on tranquil sunny summer lake

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, making it a great summer location for Travelers!

Minnesota

Summer is the absolute best time of the year to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Minnesota summers are all about lakes, camping, festivals, fresh food, and fun. Canoe the boundary waters, shop the Mall of America, take in a Twins game, visit Minnehaha Falls, do a pilgrimage to Prince’s former home Paisley Park, rock out on First Avenue, kayak Lake Harriet or Lake Minnetonka, meet the famous Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox — and so much more. From exciting city streets to the majestic great outdoors, Minnesota is full of thrills for your next summer adventure!

Click here to find your dream job this summer in Minnesota!

travel in LA

The Golden State is a hotspot for Travelers, whether you’re into rural or urban vibes!

California

California is on everyone’s bucket list for LOTS of reasons. California is such a popular Travel Nursing destination because there’s so much to see and do. You could learn how to surf in the ocean one day and then walk amongst the impressive redwoods in the Redwood National Park the next day. California also offers the best of both urban and rural settings, with tons of great city perks like the arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of picturesque towns. Everything from the Hollywood Hills to the wide-open Pacific Ocean to the Northern Cali mountains awaits. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

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Boston Boating

Spend your Massachusetts summer boating, whale watching, touring historic places, cheering at a Red Sox game, and so much more!

Massachusetts

The Bay State is home to an incredible coast which makes it a fabulous location for a summer Travel Nursing assignment! The state offers some of the best whale watching in the world and there’s no better time than summer to check that out. Enjoy Cape Cod, see a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park, stroll The Freedom Trail, dine on fresh seafood ’til your heart’s content, visit spooky Salem, have cheers at the original Cheers bar, and explore all of the state’s amazing history. In addition to lots to do on your days off, Massachusetts is home to some of the nation’s top facilities, so there are professional development opportunities galore here!

Check out our Massachusetts State Spotlight to learn more about The Bay State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Massachusetts now!

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!

New Jersey

Come summertime you want to get the Jersey Shore faster than you can say “Cabs are here!” 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.

Check out our New Jersey State Spotlight to learn more about The Garden State.

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Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

Arizona’s Slot Canyon is a sight to be seen!

Arizona

Some like it hot, and for them, Arizona is just the ticket in the summertime! The state has tons of great opportunity with its high aging population. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like happening Havisu Falls, amazing Antelope Canyon, mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, spectacular Saguaro National Park, magnificent Monument Valley, and so much more. After you work up an appetite in the great outdoors, relax with some of the stat5e’s awesome native and Tex-Mex food and have cheers with a fine prickly pear margarita!

Check out our Arizona State Spotlight to learn more about The Grand Canyon State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona now!

Ice cream lady

Ohio is a rocking place to enjoy great lakes, great food, and so much more!

Ohio

OH boy is Ohio a great destination for Travel Nurses! Great job opportunities, Great Lakes, and great activities for your days off. Into sports or music? Get your hall of fame game on fleek with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Explore the state’s 70+ unique Native American burial mounds, the most famous being the Serpent Mound, treat yourself to some pierogis and kielbasa, and hop on some of the country’s craziest roller coasters at Cedar Point! Outdoor enthusiasts will for sure want to make a stop at the otherworldly Hocking Hills State Park, which has dramatic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges galore.

Check out our Ohio State Spotlight to learn more about The Buckeye State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Ohio now!

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia has the power to take you back in time AND help you discover your future!

Virginia

In addition to always having a lot of excellent job opportunities for Travel Nurses, Virginia has mountains, beaches, and lakes, which make it a great state to explore come summertime. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some of the best driving views in the nation, raise a glass of some of Virginia’s amazing home state wine, or jog on over to D.C. to visit the nation’s capital. History lovers will be totally thrilled with the abundance of historical sites this state has to offer as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, and so many more destinations.

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about The Old Dominion State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia now!

BONUS LOCATION! Did you know that Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes?! Check out this month’s State Spotlight on Wisconsin for another great summer location!

Wanna head somewhere else this summer? Click here to search all locations to find your perfect summer Travel Nursing job!

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State Spotlight: Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Wisconsin! The Badger State is chock full of brilliant career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as 14,000-plus lakes, rolling hills, exciting cities, unique history, and appreciation for music, food, and beer. Read on to find out why assignments in America’s Dairyland are the big cheese of Travel Nursing gigs!

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing!

Travel Nursing in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a high demand for Travelers and that means there are lots of great Travel Nursing jobs for you to choose from. Besides these great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to develop your resume and build your skills, The Badger State offers all a plethora of fun things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Wisconsin has beautiful lakes, delicious dairy, rolling hills, a true love of music, and so many more adventures that await you!

Wisconsin is home to more than 150 hospitals — nine of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Wisconsin hospital, Madison’s University of Wisconsin hospitals, which is nationally ranked in nine specialties and six pediatric specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in two more adult specialties and eight procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Wisconsin are: Milwaukee’s Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wausau’s Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and Madison’s SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Madison.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Wisconsin #11 overall, as well as #3 for quality of life, #8 for opportunity, and #17 for healthcare.

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

Wisconsin Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Badger State

Capital: Madison

Largest City: Milwaukee

Skyscrapers of Milwaukee skyline with Lake Michigan,Wisconsin

The Milwaukee skyline on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 66

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 61

State Motto: “FORWARD”

State Flower: Wood Violet

State Tree: Sugar Maple

State Animal: Badger

State Dance: Polka

Wisconsin was the 30th state.

Blenders, Social Security, round silos, bone marrow transplants, turbo taps, kindergarten, American Girl Dolls, malted milk, ice cream sundaes, snowmobiles, the typewriter keyboard, the solid-body guitar, and, believe it or not, the modern surfboard(!?) were all invented in Wisconsin.

Native American tribes that originally inhabited Wisconsin include the Winnebago, Menominee, and Dakota.

Wisconsin has more than 14,000 lakes and nearly 7,500 rivers and streams.

With more cows than any other state, Wisconsin is dubbed “America’s Dairyland.

The famous cheesehead hat actually debuted at a Brewers game before being adopted by Packers fans.

Wisconsin repealed its Prohibition laws in 1929, four years before federal repeal!

Wisconsin Welcome sign at Marinette WI

Wisconsin welcomes Travel Nurses!

Averaging 2,500 performers, Milwaukee’s Summerfest is the largest music festival in the United States.

In 1884, the first-ever Ringling Brothers Circus happened in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

You would think it’d be abroad, but Monroe, Wisconsin is considered the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World.

Barbie hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

Harley Davidson Motorcycles calls Wisconsin home.

The nation’s first kindergarten classes were held in Wisconsin in 1856 at a German couple’s house.

The Washington House in Two Rivers, Wisconsin lays claim to having served the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

The largest wooly mammoth ever found was excavated in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin is known as the “Bratwurst Capital of the World” despite the fact that Madison throw the “World’s Largest Brat Fest” every Memorial Day weekend.

Wisconsin native Les Paul was dubbed the Wizard of Waukesha for his many innovations to the makeup of guitars, playing, and recording.

Timm’s Hill at 1,951 feet is the highest natural point in Wisconsin.

Famous folks from Wisconsin include Les Paul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem Dafoe, Bob Uecker, Orson Welles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Farley, Gene Wilder, Charlotte Rae, Spencer Tracy, Gena Rowlands, Liberace, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, Heather Graham, and Dustin Diamond.

In addition to being a hotspot for dairy, Wisconsin leads the nation in exports of ginseng root.

Wisconsin offers a Master Cheesemaker program that requires 10 years of cheesemaking experience to apply and takes three years to complete.

The first hydroelectric plant in the nation was built in 1882 at Fox River.

To Do & See in Wisconsin

Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheese is on a whole other level in America’s Dairyland!

Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, but The Badger State has tons more to offer than merely delicious dairy. (Not that creating heavenly cheese is a small contribution by any means!) There’s plenty to do and see here — from exciting urban areas to quaint towns and rolling hills. Wisconsin is a truly wonderful spot for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Wisconsin’s largest cities include Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, and Appleton. Each of these cities offers a great glimpse into what makes Wisconsin a great place to live, work, and play — with various bits of cool culture, scintillating sports, divine drinks and eats, and so much more.

Schlemeil, Schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Milwaukee is more than just the hometown of Laverne and Shirley. Wisconsin’s capital city is a great place to hang and kick back with a brewski. You can kayak the Milwaukee River, rev it up at the Harley Davidson Museum, bike the Oak Leaf Trail, check out some art at Sculpture Milwaukee, kick back at Bradford Beach, explore historic Brady Street, and so much more!

But you needn’t depend solely on the big city for fun in The Badger State. Because of Wisconsin’s proud agricultural history, the state is home to oodles of quirky towns, delightfully strange roadside attractions, and gorgeous scenery. Some of Wisconsin’s most charming small towns to day trip to include Chippewa Falls, Princeton, New Glarus, Minocqua, Mount Horeb, and Spring Green. These towns offer great history, heritage, activities, and, of course, great food.

Small Boats on Shore

Serene lake time is just the ticket to de-stress after a hard day at work!

Speaking of food, Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland. So, if you do dairy, you’re in for a real treat! The Badger State’s lush grasslands, glacial water supply, sheer amount of bovines, and legacy of cheesemakers create the perfect storm for some of the world’s best cheese.

In addition cheese in its many glorious forms — curds, beer cheese soup, cheese plates, and so much more— Wisconsin is famous for many other eats, like butter burgers, frozen custard, Danish kringle, bratwurst, Cornish pasty, cream puffs, roesti, fish fries, wild rice, hot ham and rolls, and Chicken Booyah. Wash it all down with a brewski from one of the state’s incredible craft breweries and you’ll be living like a true Wisconsinite!

Sports fans will love assignments in Wisconsin for the chance to root for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, and so many other great pro, semi-pro and college teams. Madison is the quintessential college town and football fans will be right at home cheering for the home team there!

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Wisconsin is a great place for lake lovers, with its 14,000-plus lakes and abundance of rivers! Some of the state’s most beloved lakes include Lake Winnebago, Lake Pepin, Petenwell Lake, Lake Mendota, Lake Michigan, Minocqua Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Lake Superior, Allequash Lake, Lake Wingra, Lake Chippewa, and many, many more.  

Ready for your adventure to Wisconsin?!

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State Spotlight: Tennessee

Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Find out why an assignment in terrific Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to terrific Tennessee! The Volunteer State has many great career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as majestic mountains, rolling hills, exciting cities, beautiful music, unique history, and so much more. Read on to find out why an assignment in Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

Travel Nursing in Tennessee

Tennessee State Postage Stamp "Greetings From America" Retro Postcard Theme

The Volunteer State is a great place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

Demand for nurses is high in Tennessee and that means there are lots of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Volunteer State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Tennessee has gorgeous natural scenery, a proud tradition of bluegrass and country music, and so many more adventures that await!

Tennessee is home to about 150 hospitals — 8 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Tennessee hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Tennessee are: University of Tennessee Medical Center, CHI Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, and St. Thomas West Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Tennessee #26 overall, as well as #5 for fiscal stability, #13 for economy, and #15 for infrastructure. And, according to Smart Asset, rent in Tennessee is generally below the U.S. average, which is a good trend for Travel Nurses!

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

Tennessee Fast Facts

Neon signs on Lower Broadway (Nashville) at Night

Nashville’s Broadway Street is always bumping on Honky Tonk Row!

State Nickname: The Volunteer State

Capital: Nashville

Largest City: Nashville

National Parks: 12

State Parks: 56

National Historic Landmarks: 30

State Motto: “Agriculture and commerce”

State Flower: Iris

State Tree: Tulip Poplar

State Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse

State Bird: Mockingbird

Tennessee was the 16th state.

Cotton candy, typewriter ribbon, tow trucks, miniature golf, Mountain Dew, touchscreen monitors, MoonPies, and GooGoo Clusters, were all invented in Tennessee.

Sunset in a Mountain Landscape

Beautiful Smoky Mountain sunsets await when you adventure to Tennessee!

On a clear day, you can see seven states from Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga.

Bristol, Tennessee is the birthplace of Bluegrass music.

State Capital, Nashville, is affectionately known as Music City. As the country music capital of the world, Nashville is a proper home to the Country music Hall of Fame.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry has broadcast every weekend since 1925, making it the world’s longest continuously running live radio program.

Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake is known as the Turtle Capital of the World.

The catchphrase “good to the last drop” was coined by Teddy Roosevelt while he enjoyed a cup of joe at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other U.S. county.

The first woman to become a U.S. Senator, Hattie Caraway was born in Bakersville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley’s famous home Graceland, located in Memphis, Tennessee is the second most visited house in the United States.

Thirty different species of salamanders live in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Tennessee’s state nickname “Volunteer State” dates back to the War of 1812 when many volunteer soldiers from Tennessee served honorably at the Battle of New Orleans.

The biggest earthquake in U.S. history, the New Madrid Earthquake, happened in northwestern Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812.

Due to its high volume of energy research, Oak Ridge, Tennessee is dubbed the Energy Capital of the World.

Jack Daniels Old No 7 Whiskey

Make a cheers to Travel Nursing with Tennessee’s favorite whiskey!

Knoxville, Tennessee hosted the 1982 World’s Fair.

The National Civil Right Museum is at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel — where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Famous folks from Tennessee include Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Sequoyah, Justin Timberlake, Kathy Bates, Miley Cyrus, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Pearl, Duane Allman, Young Buck, Megan Fox, Carl Perkins, Roy Acuff, Kid President, Kenny Chesney, Johnny Knoxville, Lisa Marie Presley, Cybil Shepherd, Aretha Franklin, Lester Flatt, Lucy Hale, Quentin Tarantino, Shannon Doherty, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lori Petty, Chris Parnell, Bettie Page, Wilma Rudolph, and Davy Crockett.

Tennessee is bordered by eight states — which ties Missouri for the most bordering states.

The largest artificial skiing surface is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, which offers 5 acres of all-weather skiing.

Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes of Native Americans originally lived in various regions of Tennessee.

Jack Daniels, who created the world-famous whiskey, died after kicking a safe in anger which lead to a fatal blood infection.

It’s illegal to catch a fish with a lasso in Tennessee.

To Do & See in Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame

Swing on by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! The museum opened in 1961 and preserves the history of country music.

Tennessee has a proud legacy as a music hub as well as some breathtaking scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains and other such natural features. There’s plenty to do and see here — from exciting cities to quaint towns and rural areas. It’s a wonderful backdrop for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Tennessee’s largest cities include Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro — which offer all kinds of magnificent music, scrumptious Southern dining, cool culture, scintillating sports, and so much more.

Nashville is a must-see — make that a must-hear! — for music fans. Tennessee’s capital city earned the nickname “Music City” due to its live music legacy. Explore music of the past at the Country Music Hall of Fame or mosey into famous venues like The Bluebird Café, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, The Station Inn, The Basement, or one of the dozens of other joints Nashville is known for.

A visit to Broadway — aka Honky Tonk Row — on any given night will allow you to wander in and out of bustling venues. Another spot for music lovers to check out is Music Row, just southwest of downtown. Here you can take a casual tour of Nashville music hotspots like the historic RCA Studio B where the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Roy Orbison recorded hundreds of hits. You’ll also encounter many other record labels, radio stations, recording studios, and other iconic fixtures of Nashville music past and present.

Hot Chicken with Beans, Potatoes and Beer

Legend has it that Nashville’s Thornton Prince discovered that revenge is a dish best served HOT — resulting in the city’s iconic Hot Chicken dish.

The iconic and delectable Nashville Hot Chicken has a funny backstory: Legend has it that it originated when a scorned lover heavily spiced up Thornton Prince’s fried chicken as an act of revenge. Turns out Prince actually loved the spicy dish and eventually opened his own restaurant serving it. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but in Prince’s case, HOT was just the ticket!  

Tennessee is famous for many other eats, like fried pickles, cornbread, Meat and Three, biscuits and gravy, country ham and red-eye gravy, fried chicken, barbecue nachos, fried catfish, banana pudding, Goo Goo Clusters, and Moon Pies. Wash it all down with a fine glass of Tennessee whiskey or a local craft beer and you’ll be living like a true Tennessean! And don’t let The Volunteer State’s down-home grub fool you, many larger cities in Nashville are home to exquisite farm-to-table restaurants and other eateries that kick it up a notch.         

Sports fans will love assignments in Tennessee for the chance to root for the Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, and Tennessee Titans — in addition to many great semi-pro and college teams. With Tennessee’s abundance of horses, equestrian sports and horseback riding are naturally a big to-do here as well.

Dollywood Sign in Pigeon Forge

Dollywood is a must-see when in Tennessee!

No trip to Tennessee would be complete without a visit to Dollywood — the state’s “complete Smoky mountain getaway” which offers rides and entertainment galore! Launched by famous Tennessee native and literal earth angel, Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a fabulous spot for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike.

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Tennessee is a fabulous place to do so! From horseback riding in the iconic rolling hills of Tennessee bluegrass to exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, The Volunteer State offers majestic and accessible natural beauty galore. Some stand-out adventures include a trip to Foster Falls, Thunderhead Mountain, the Narrows of Harpeth, Little River Trail, Seven Islands State Birding Park, Baker’s Bluff Trail, Couchville Lake, and, of course, The Appalachian Trail.

Ready for your adventure to Tennessee?!

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8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Enjoying in springtime

The season of new beginnings is the perfect time to find a fresh, new Travel Nursing job! Find your match with our list of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

The promise of a fresh, new season chock-full of pretty flowers and warmer temps really makes you want to ditch your winter coat and winter ways! There’s no better time than the season of new beginnings to find your next fabulous career adventure. That’s why we put together this guide of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs. Read on for spring location inspiration, then spin your compass and go live your best life this spring!

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia has the power to take you back in time AND help you discover your future!

Virginia

Virginia is known for compelling history, beautiful beaches, and wonderful wine — just to name a few of the state’s great features.  This compact is home to many great hospitals as well as historical sites like Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown settlement, and tons more! Being next door to D.C. means you’ll probably be able to explore the nation’s capital too, depending upon where your job is. The Old Dominion State is also a dream for the outdoorsy, with it ample beaches, beautiful state parks, and scenic attractions like the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, James River, and so much more!

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about this beautiful state.

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6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs Texas

San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a great place to take a spring stroll.

Texas

Ready to mess with Texas? The Lone Star State has all kinds of great opportunities for Travel Nurses, from big cities to peaceful ranchland to sweet small towns. Spring is the best time to take a job in Texas, but it gets spring on earlier than most places in the nation and you’re able to enjoy exploring before the crazy-hot summer temps roll in. From pro sports to museums to history to the great outdoors, there is so much to do, see, and love about Texas. Keep it weird in Austin, stroll the San Antonio Riverwalk, see the Cowboys in Dallas, remember (to visit) The Alamo, and reach for the stars at the Houston Space Center. The Tex-Mex and BBQ are off the chain here too — so raise your margarita glass to the idea of spending spring in The Lone Star State!

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Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

Ohio 

OH boy is Ohio a great destination for Travel Nurses! Great job opportunities, Great Lakes, and great activities for your days off. Into sports or music? Get your hall of fame game on fleek with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Explore the state’s 70+ unique Native American burial mounds, the most famous being the Serpent Mound, treat yourself to some pierogis and kielbasa, and hop on some of the country’s craziest roller coasters at Cedar Point! Outdoor enthusiasts will for sure want to make a stop at the otherworldly Hocking Hills State Park, which has dramatic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges galore.

Check out our Ohio State Spotlight to learn more about The Buckeye State.

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Start spreadin’ the news … New York totally rules!

New York

Ready for an amazing adventure in one of the nation’s greatest states? You know what they say, if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. It’s like that saying was made with Travel Nurses in mind! New York is chock-full of Travel Nurse job opportunities and, obviously, an amazing array of things to keep you busy on your days off. Take a big ol’ bite out of The Big Apple and explore NYC’s world-class dining, shopping, sightseeing, theater, sports, and so much more. And while we all think of the big city first, New York also offers some smaller and mid-sized cities that might be just right for you. Not to mention some seriously beautiful options for those who love to get out in nature, like the Finger Lakes, Montauk, Niagara Falls, and so much more!

Learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

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Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the spring months!

Missouri  

The Show-Me State is a beautiful combination of urban excitement and outdoors adventure. The abundance of Travel Nurse jobs make it a fabulous place to find your next opportunity and you’ll never be bored on your day off! St. Louis and Kansas City are the big two if you’re into the great dining, sports, museums, music, and so much more offered in these urban centers. But Midwestern charm and scenery abound statewide in Missouri. The state also has same really great amusement parks, more than 6,400 caves to explore, gorgeous state parks, the famous Lake of the Ozarks, and so much for you to check out this spring!

Learn more about The Show-Me State in our Missouri State Spotlight.  

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Get your beach on in sunny Florida!

Florida  

Where better to go to kick-start spring than beautiful, sunny Florida?! Hit the beach early this year while the rest of the country is just starting to dip their toes back into their sandal collection! Savor a Cuban sandwich in Miami, explore the canals in Fort Lauderdale (known as the Venice of Florida!), track down Mickey and his crew in Orlando, and explore beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park. Lovers of beaches, boating, seafood, and sunshine will absolutely love it here. The orange juice is fresh and the jobs are abundant here! Because of its high population of elderly residents, Florida consistently has loads of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from — making it a great state to build your resume and enhance your skills in!

Check out our Florida State Spotlight to learn more about The Sunshine State.

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Just another gorgeous Arizona sunset at Horseshoe Bend!

Arizona

Arizona is a compact state and a beautiful place to explore this spring! Check out otherworldly natural beauty like the Grand Canyon, Slot Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, mystical Sedona, Havasu Falls, Lake Mead, Saguaro National Park, Horseshoe Bend, and so much more! The temps are perfect in Arizona in springtime and the jobs are always plentiful in this state with a high population of elderly folks. In Mesa, Arizona you can get even more in the spring spirit with the many Major League Baseball teams that do their spring training here.

Learn more about The Grand Canyon State with our Arizona State Spotlight.

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Come explore California!

California   

California is basically an all-season wonder when it comes to Travel Nursing. This state always offers an abundance of Travel Nurse jobs due to its strict nurse to patient ratio and labor laws, which is good for nurses and patients alike and means lots of opportunity for Travelers! Of course, California’s amazing, diverse geography and world-famous sights and attractions don’t hurt either! Sample the wine in Sonoma and Napa, gaze at the Redwoods or ski up north, marvel at the Hollywood sign, take a dip in beachy San Diego, and explore quirky San Francisco. Cali has it all, which means there’s no end to the fun and adventure here!

Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

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State Spotlight: Ohio

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Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

I am OH so excited to focus this month’s State Spotlight on outstanding Ohio! Get ready to learn about the three Cs — Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati (home to one of Medical Solutions’ five offices!) — and so much more. The Buckeye State has so much goodness in store for Travel Nurses, from Great Lakes to even greater job opportunities. Read on to find out why-oh-why-oh-why-oh Travel Nurses love Ohio!

Travel Nursing in Ohio

State of Ohio

OH my goodness, does Ohio ever offer a ton of great adventure and opportunity for Travel Nurses!

Demand for nurses is high in Ohio, which means tons of great Travel nursing jobs. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Buckeye State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Ohio has gorgeous natural scenery, exciting cities, and so much more for you to explore!

Ohio is home to 13 health systems and about 200 hospitals — 26 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Ohio hospital, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 9 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Ohio are: Cleveland’s University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Columbus’ Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, and Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Ohio #25 in opportunity and #18 for crime and corrections. And, according to Wallet Hub, Ohio has low cost of living, the seventh-largest state economy by GDP and an unemployment rate of just 4.8 percent, plus, The Buckeye State is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies.

As for licensing, Ohio 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 Ohio.

Ohio Fast Facts

Cleveland Waterfront Panorama

Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks!

State Nickname: The Buckeye State (aka The Mother of Presidents, The Heart of It All, The Birthplace of Aviation)

Capital: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 74

National Historic Landmarks: 72

State Motto: “With God, all things are possible.”

State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

State Tree: Buckeye

State Gem: Ohio Flint

State Bird: Cardinal

Ohio was the 17th state.

When it comes to famous home-state inventions, Ohio has the deck pretty stacked considering one Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio! But The Buckeye State also boasts a lot of other great inventors as well. The lightbulb, phonograph, early motion picture camera, automobile, electric car motor, vulcanized rubber, pop-top can, cash register, Teflon, Lifesavers, golf balls, Quaker oatmeal, gas masks, Superman, and of course, the airplane were all invented in Ohio.

The nation’s first pro baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869.

In 1914, Cleveland had the first traffic light.

Before he launched his infamous TV show, Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland.

Ohio lays claim to having pioneered the first chewing gum in 1869 and the first hot dog in 1900.

Ohio is known as “The Birthplace of Aviation” because the Wright Brothers, out of Dayton, Ohio, invented the first airplane.

Fittingly, with its grand history of aviation, Ohio is the home of 25 astronauts, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon.

Fostoria, Ohio is the only city to be located in three different counties.

Akron, Ohio is the rubber capital of the world. Akron’s native son Charles Goodyear pioneered the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the nation.

Ohio is sometimes known as the “Mother of Presidents” or the “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as the state has sent a whopping eight native Ohioans to The White House.

The largest basket in the world — it’s the size of a building! — is located in Dresden, Ohio’s Basket Village USA.

About 50 percent of the entire U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus, Ohio.

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Ohio is the only state that doesn’t have a rectangular flag!

Ohio is home to the highest concentrations of Amish people.

In 1879, Cleveland became the first city to be lit by electricity.

Famous folks from Ohio include Jesse Owens, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Thomas Edison, Erma Bombeck, Lebron James, Steven Spielberg, Dave Grohl, Clark Gable, Dean Martin, Cy Young, Doris Day, Annie Oakley, Jack Nicklaus, Arsenio Hall, Pete Rose, R.L. Stine, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Bob hope, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Paul Newman, Ted Turner, Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Marilyn Manson, and Tecumseh.

Not to be outdone by the loch Ness Monster, Ohio has the Lake Erie Monster — AKA Bessie — a serpent-like creature that’s been spotted by many.

Ohio’s state flag is the only one in the nation that’s not a rectangle shape.

Cleveland DJ Alan Freed was the one who coined the term “rock and roll.”

Cleveland was home to the first-ever police car in 1899, which reached a top speed of 18 MPH.

The first-ever Superman comics were created in Cleveland, Ohio.

To Do & See in Ohio

Ohio has tons of great history and a cool combo of unique urban and rural areas, as well as smaller towns, to explore and call your home for 13 weeks.

On the urban tip, Ohio’s largest cities include Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, and Dayton — which offer all kinds of fun entertainment, delicious dining, supreme shopping, amazing art, cool culture, scintillating sports, and more.

History comes alive here with a visit to the birthplace of famous American inventor Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio. History buffs will also want to check out the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, and many presidential homes.

The state also has 70+ Indian mounds, which were burial sites of the Adena and Hopewell tribes who lived in southern and central Ohio from roughly 3,000 BCE through the 16th century. The Serpent Mound near Chillicothe, Ohio is the most dramatic and well-known of the mounds; it’s also the largest effigy earthwork worldwide at 1,370-feet long! Other intriguing mound sites include the Hopewell Cultural National Historic Site, Newark Earthworks, and the Miamisburg Mound.

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Serpent Mound is Ohio’s most famous of its 70+ Native American mounds.

Ohio is home to famed amusement parks like Cedar Point — basically heaven for roller coaster lovers — Coney Island, and Kings Island. And if you’re into the hall of fame game, Ohio’s got you covered with Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame! There’s also the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Great Lakes Science Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, German Village in Columbus, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and last but not least — you can visit the house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland, which is now a museum with film memorabilia!

Speaking of sports, Ohio is obviously a huge state for college football, with its eight NCAA Division I teams. Pro sports also abound in Ohio, with plenty of opportunities to catch games of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, and Ohio Machine.

Ohio’s famous for eats like peanut butter-chocolate Buckeyes, Cincinnati or Skyline Chili, Ohio Lemon Pie, Goetta Hash, pierogis, kielbasa and Polish Boys, City Chicken (which is actually made of pork), popcorn, fired lake perch, baby Swiss cheese, Cleveland BBQ, and corned beef. Wash it all down with a fine glass of tomato juice (the state beverage!) or a nice Bloody Mary and you’ll be living like a true Ohioan!

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Ohio is a great place to do that! Hocking Hills State Park has majestic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges, with lots of chances to swim, fish, hike, bike, and more. There’s also Lake Erie, which Toledo and Cleveland are situated near, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Mohican State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, South Bass Island, and so much more!

Ready for your adventure to Ohio?!

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