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State Spotlight: Iowa

By Aubrey Schieuer

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The dramatic, beautiful Loess Hills are just one part of Iowa’s appeal for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to incredible Iowa! The Hawkeye State is known for the bike enthusiasts of RAGBRAI, the quirkiness of the Iowa State Fair, and some remarkably affordable places to live. Read on to see why Iowa is a fun destination for Travel Nurses of all backgrounds.

Travel Nursing in Iowa

Travel Nurses will appreciate how living in Iowa balances practical things like affordability, safety, and stability with amazing opportunities to see unique landscapes and places. Iowa is home to about 125 hospitals — 6 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 Iowa hospital, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, which is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties and 4 children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in four additional adult specialties and four procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Iowa are: Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist in Des Moines, and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

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U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list put Iowa at the very top as the #1 state in the country. Along with the coveted best spot, Iowa ranked #1 for ultra-fast internet access, #2 for housing, #3 for affordability, and #3 for health care! How’s that for the cream of the crop? Also, Livability.com ranked Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Marion, Waterloo, Sioux City and Iowa City as among the best places to live in Iowa.

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

Iowa Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Hawkeye State

Capital: Des Moines

Largest City: Des Moines

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 87

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 35

State Motto: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”

State Flower: Wild Rose

State Tree: Oak

State Bird: American goldfinch

State Rock: Geode

Iowa was the 29th state.

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This iconic painting, American Gothic, was inspired by an Iowan home.

Remember that famous painting, American Gothic? The artist, Grant Wood, lived and painted in Iowa, and most of his work was based on typical Midwestern scenes. You can even visit the house that inspired the iconic painting in Eldon and get your picture taken while wearing the same clothes as the painting. 

Iowa is bordered by Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Inventions from Iowa include sliced bread, the trampoline, the radio, and the digital computer!

More than 25% of Iowa’s electricity comes from wind power.

Iowa’s state flag is patterned after the national French flag, since before statehood, Iowa used to be part of French Louisiana.

Think Iowa is just farmland? Think again! Iowa’s urban population outnumbers its rural population 61.1% to 38.9%.

Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are formed entirely by rivers.

Famous people hailing from Iowa include James Dean, Johnny Carson, Donna Reed, Gene Wilder, Andy Williams, Ashton Kutcher, Shawn Johnson, Elijah Wood, and President Herbert Hoover. Iowa is also the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.

Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state.

At a concert in Des Moines in 1982, the famous singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat. Yes, really! A fan threw the bat onstage and Ozzy thought it was a rubber toy. He went to the hospital immediately after the show to get treated for rabies.

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Add the Field of Dreams movie site to your bucket list!

The Field of Dreams film was shot in Dyersville. You can visit the movie site yourself and participate in Ghost Sundays. Other movies filmed in Iowa include Children of the Corn, The Bridges of Madison County, and Twister.

Sabula is Iowa’s only island city. With a small population of 576, Sabula boasts beaches and a campground, and is a popular tourist destination for the people of Chicago.

The number of chickens in Iowa outnumbers the human populations of California and Texas combined!

There’s a National Hobo Convention that meets the second week of August every year. Since 1900, the town of Britt has hosted this unique gathering of people. Annual traditions include a Saturday morning parade and the crowning of the Hobo King and Queen.

To Do & See in Iowa

Iowa has so much more than you might think! There are lots of fun places to go and things to do in a state full of opportunities and adventure.

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Sculptures made of butter? You bet!

The first Iowa State Fair was held at Fairfield in 1854, at a cost of just $323. Nowadays, over 1 million people come every year to Des Moines to listen to music, ride the Ferris wheel, and see lots and lots of well-bred animals. And you can’t miss the annual butter sculpture – the quirkiest tribute to art and butter you’ll ever see. Previous butter sculptures include the Peanuts gang, The Last Supper by Da Vinci, Star Trek characters, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Adventureland is a fun amusement park located outside Des Moines. There are roller coasters for thrill-seekers, a water park called Adventure Bay, and live entertainment from magic shows and circus acts to live music and juggling. With over 100 rides, shows, and attractions, you’re sure to have a great time!

On the eastern side of the state, you can explore natural formations at the Maquoketa Caves State Park, which contains more caves than any other state park. There are walk-in caves to explore, as well as caves that you need to crawl through on your hands and knees. Journey on over to the western side of Iowa to see the Loess Hills, a unique landscape of prairie and forest-covered steep bluffs. Don’t forget your camera! The Loess Hills make for some beautiful hiking and breathtaking scenery.

Do you love to bike? RAGBRAI is the largest bike touring event in the world. The full name, Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, is a bit of a mouthful. RAGBRAI has been going on since 1973 and thousands make the week-long bicycle trek across the state. Usually held in July, the event is limited to 8,500 riders. And beyond one-time biking events like RAGBRAI, there are 1,800 miles of bike trails for you to explore across the beautiful state.

Oh, and it goes without saying that you won’t be disappointed with Iowa’s food offerings. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Maid-Rite, a loose meat sandwich that was first made in Iowa. Scotcharoos, rhubarb pie, and puppy chow are unique Iowan dessert experiences you can’t find anywhere else. Wash it all down with a Boone Valley IPA or some Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey and you’ll be living like a true Iowan!

Ready for your adventure to incredible Iowa?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Iowa! Or, search all jobs here.

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State Spotlight: Minnesota

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Beautiful Minneapolis is just one reason why Minnesota is great state for your next Travel Nursing gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Minnesota! The North Star State is known for its natural beauty, abundance of lakes and outdoor activities, thriving cultural scene, incredible food, and mix of rural and urban areas. Read on to learn more about why Minnesota is a must-do state for Travel Nurses!

Travel Nursing in Minnesota

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The North Star State is known for having oodles of Travel Nurse jobs at excellent healthcare facilities. Meanwhile, Minnesota also has an incredible array of things to do and experience on your days off — making it an all-around marvelous destination for Travelers.

Minnesota is home to about 140 hospitals — 13 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 Minnesota hospital, the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, which is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and seven children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one additional adult specialty and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Minnesota are: Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud,  Mercy Hospital-Coon Rapids in Coon Rapids, and University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Minnesota an impressive #2 overall, as well as #2 for quality of life, #4 for opportunity, #6 for infrastructure, and #7 for health care! Livability.com ranked Rochester, Duluth, Northfield, Edina, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Moorhead, Shakopee, Eden Prairie, and Burnsville among some of the best places to live in Minnesota.

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

Minnesota Fast Facts

State Nickname: The North Star State

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Minneapolis’ iconic First Avenue and Mayo Clinic.

Capital: Saint Paul

Largest City: Minneapolis

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 75

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 33

State Motto: “L’Etoile du Nord” — meaning “The Star of the North”

State Flower: Pink & White Ladyslipper

State Tree: Red Pine

State Gemstone: Lake Superior Agate

State Bird: Common Loon

State Grain: Wild Rice

State Fish: Walleye

State Sport: Ice Hockey

Minnesota was the 32nd state.

Many an iconic music act hails from Minnesota, including Prince, Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Lizzo, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Atmosphere, and Hüsker Dü!

The Twin Cities — Minneapolis and Saint Paul — are home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies, including Target, General Mills, Best Buy, and Land O’Lakes.

Bloomington, Minnesota is home to the country’s biggest mall, the famed Mall of America — which has more than four miles of storefront footage!

Minnesota’s 38th governor (serving from 1999-2003) was former pro wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

The mighty Mississippi River starts in northern Minnesota’s petite Lake Itasca.

Furnace thermostats, grocery bags with handles, the Better Business Bureau, Greyhound Bus Lines, water skis, masking tape, Scotch tape, electronic autopilot, magnetic recording tape, Tonka trucks, cortisone, Bundt pans, snow blowers, black box flight data recorders, Twister, Nerf balls, NordicTrack, rollerblades, Sleep number beds, open heart surgery, pop-up toasters, Post-It Notes, and, of course, skyways were all invented in or originated in Minnesota!

Movies filmed in Minnesota include The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All The Way, Purple Rain, and Grumpy Old Men.

Minnesota is bordered by Canada, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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An artist renders one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, famed musician Prince, outside his former home, Paisley Park.

Minneapolis’ famous skyway system is the largest continuous skyway network in the world, connecting 69-plus city blocks across eight miles.

Every August, the Minnesota State Fair — one of the biggest state fairs in the nation, also known as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” — spans 10 glorious fun- and food-filled days.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Minnesota include Bob Dylan, Chris Pratt, Judy Garland, Jessica Biel, Garrison Keillor, Josh Hartnett, Walter Mondale, Vince Vaughan, Yaya Shahidi, Winona Ryder, Charles Schulz, Lindsey Vonn, Jessica Lange, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Winfield, Jesse Ventura, Neil Gaiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and, of course, Prince.     

Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state.

While one of its nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota technically has more than 11,000 lakes! (Nearly 12,000 in all.)

With this abundance of water, Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline — beating out states like California, Florida, and Hawaii by a longshot!

Even though everyone knows how much Hawaii loves its SPAM, the iconic canned meat is actually manufactured in Minnesota.

In Minnesota there is one recreational boat for every six people.  

Minnesotan baseball commentator Halsey Hal coined the term “Holy Cow” during a baseball broadcast.

Rochester, Minnesota is home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic.

Madison, Minnesota is known as the “Lutefisk capital of the United States.”

To Do & See in Minnesota

From Great Lakes to great grub, music, and more, Minnesota is one of the true jewels of the Midwest!

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Minnehaha Falls is a Minnesota must-see.

The state’s most iconic urban area is comprised of the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The cities are a perfect blend of big-city culture and amenities alongside midwestern sensibilities and green spaces. If you find yourself on assignment (or day tripping) in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area be sure to check out the Walker Art Center & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Guthrie Theater, Minnehaha Falls Park, Mill City Museum, Como Park, Fitzgerald Theater, Grand Avenue (perfect for shopping and lunch), the stunning State Capitol, the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mall of America, First Avenue, and Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. And don’t forget to take a stroll down Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian-friendly area with great restaurants and music venues where you can pose alongside the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue.    

Minnesota is also home to many charming smaller towns that can transport visitors with their classic “Main streets,” Victorian homes, cute boutiques, cozy cafes, and more. Some of the North Star State’s best smaller towns to explore include Ely, Excelsior, Stillwater, Red Wing, Grand Rapids, Henderson, Nisswa, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Harmony, Little Falls, Blue Earth, and Grand Marais.

Sports fans will be happy to cheer on the home team, including North Star State pro teams like the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx, United FC, Whitecaps, and Wind Chill. With its many lakes and rivers, Minnesota is home to many watersports and also has a some pretty great golf courses (the state has hosted many USGA championships, and the Walker, Curtis, and Ryder Cup). Additionally, from city bikes lanes to rugged mountain paths — and everywhere in between, Minnesota is known for being a super bike-friendly state.

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Lakes and natural beauty abound in Minnesota!

From the cozy winter months around the fireplace to lakeside summer days, Minnesota is a state that likes to eat! With an abundance of culinary influences, Minnesota is known for iconic faves like Swedish meatballs, wild rice soup, hot dish (you may know it as a casserole), artisan bread (the Twin Cities were once the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” after all), lefse, smoked fish, fresh walleye, Vietnamese fare like Pho, cheese curds, tater tots, krumkake, lutefisk, venison, booya, gravlax, fried food on a stick (a state fair standard!), and the famous Juicy Lucy burger with its molten cheese center. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Surly craft beer, Bloody Mary, or Caribou Coffee and you’ll be living like a true Minnesotan!

When it comes to outdoor adventure, Minnesota is chock full of opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing … oh, and you probably heard, they have plenty to do on the water, between the state’s rivers and 11,000-plus lakes! Be sure to explore the North Shore state parks which boast many beautiful waterfalls, forest trails, and views of Lake Superior. You also want to check out Itasca State Park, the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, Gunflint Trail, Mystery Cave State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, Great River Bluffs State Park, Interstate State Park, Spirit Mountain, Minneopa State Park, St. Croix Scenic Byway, and many more of Minnesota’s beautiful natural wonders.

Ready for your adventure to magnificent Minnesota?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Minnesota! Or, search all jobs here.

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State Spotlight: Nevada

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Read on to learn why Nevada is a great place for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to noble Nevada! The Silver State is known for its varied landscapes and scenery, intriguing attractions, the iconic sights, sounds, and shows of Las Vegas, and so much more. There are also tons of great Travel Nurse jobs in this cool state. Read on to learn more about why you should roll the dice and try Travel Nursing in Nevada!  

Travel Nursing in Nevada

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Nevada is a great place for a Travel Nursing assignment. In The Silver State you’ll have tons to do and see on your days off while also building your skills and resume on the job.

Nevada is home to about 55 hospitals — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes UMC of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas, and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” ranked Nevada #34 overall, as well as #5 for infrastructure and #12 for economy. According to Livability.com, some of the best places to live in Nevada include Carson City, Sparks, Reno, Henderson, Elko, Paradise, Fallon, Boulder City, Summerlin South, and Spring Valley.

As for licensing, Nevada is not currently a walk-through state or a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state and nurses licensed in other U.S. states may apply for license by reciprocity. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Nevada.

Nevada Fast Facts

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The Hoover Dam on the Black Canyon of the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada is a sight to behold!


State Nickname: The Silver State

Capital: Carson City

Largest City: Las Vegas

National Parks: 4

State Parks: 27

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 14

State Motto: “All for our country” 

State Flower: Sagebrush

State Tree: Bristlecone Pine

State Animal: Desert Bighorn Sheep

State Metal: Silver

State Gem: Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal

Nevada was the 36th state.

Charles Fey invented a slot machine called Liberty Bell in 1899, which served as the model for all future slots.    

In 1931, the Pair-O-Dice was the first casino opened on Highway 91, which would become the future Las Vegas Strip.

Bugsy Siegel’s Las Vegas casino was named The Flamingo after the long legs of Virginia Hill, a showgirl and Bugsy’s girlfriend.  

Nevada was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment, giving black men the right to vote in March 1869.

Slot machines and video slot machines, required hard hats at construction sites, multi-state hydroelectric power, blue jeans, quickie divorces, the pistol offense in football, fingerprint convictions, and solar cells were all invented in or originated in Nevada!

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Approximately 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed each day in Las Vegas!

In 1859 the Comstock Lode — a discovery of lots of silver — triggered a silver rush to the state and sent the population soaring.

Nevada stands is one of seven U.S. states that do not collect individual income tax.

Nevada is the nation’s driest state, with less than 10 inches of rain annually.

Believe it or not, Reno, Nevada is actually further west than Los Angeles!

Oregon is the only state with an official state nut. The nut in question? The humble hazelnut!

Approximately 86 percent of Nevada land is owned by the federal government — including the famous Area 51. In terms of size, Nevada is the seventh-largest state. 

Construction of the Hoover Dam began in 1931 and upon completion in 1935 it was the largest dam in the world. It remained the world’s largest producer of hydroelectric power until 1948.

Elko, Nevada is home to an annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city in the world

More than 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed each day in Las Vegas!

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Nevada include Jena Malone, Andre Agassi, Pat Nixon, Amy Purdy, Kurt Busch, Dawn Wells, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Sailor Jerry, Cosmo Baker, Bryce Harper, T.J. Lavin, Brandon Flowers, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Twain, Robin Leach, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Coolio, and Jenny Lewis.     

The Kangaroo Rat, which lives in Death Valley, can live its whole life without drinking a drop of liquid.

Each day in Las Vegas, approximately 150 couples get married.

The name Nevada comes from a Spanish word meaning “snow-capped.” Yes, most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have quite a bit of snow for about six months each year.

Highway 50 in Nevada is known as the “Loneliest Highway in America” for its scarcity of stops along the 287-mile stretch between Ely and Fernley.

In Nevada, camels were used as pack animals until about 1870.

The humanmade Lake Mead is the nation’s largest reservoir.

Native American tribes which inhabited Nevada included the Shoshoni, Northern and Southern Paiute, and Washo.

To Do & See in Nevada

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Gorgeous Lake Tahoe!

From the lights of Las Vegas to the serene scenery of the desert, The Silver State is a wonderful place for Travel Nurses to work, live, and play!The state offers diverse natural beauty including mountains, desert, forest, and lakes, as well as super unique tourist attractions, delicious dining, and stimulating culture — making Nevada a fabulous place to for your next Travel Nurse adventure. 

For city lovers, The Silver State’s largest cities include Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, North Las Vegas, and Sparks. The state’s shining urban star is most certainly Vegas, where you can travel the world all in one city with facsimiles and likenesses of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, the great pyramids of Egypt, and other worldly locales. If you love neon and kitsch, you are sure to love Las Vegas! In addition to gambling, Vegas is also well known for having some pretty incredible theatrical and musical performances, so you’ll want to take in some shows for sure. Other things to see and do include Fremont Street, the Stratosphere, Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden, the Bellagio Fountains, the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, SPEEDVEGAS, The Strip in general, and so much more.   

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

If you prefer solitude, you’ll love Highway 50 — dubbed the “Loneliest Highway in America.” Nevada also has some wonderful petite towns, including the state capital, Carson City, and Elko. Outside of the city, you’ll also want to explore the famous Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Fire State Park, Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Lehman Caves under the Great Basin National Park, the Hickison Petroglyphs, the Ruby Mountains, Bootleg Canyon, and tons more in this beautiful state of mountains, lakes, and deserts.

Nevada’s food offerings are as diverse as its landscapes. From tiny roadside diners to fine dining foodie havens, Nevada offers a little bit of everything for folks to chew on. Shrimp cocktail is a huge favorite throughout the state, but especially in Vegas, where it’s reported that 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed each day! While on assignment in Nevada you can also enjoy iconic faves like onion rings, sushi, paella, Thai cuisine, prime rib, bone-in ribeye, steak and eggs, burgers, charcuterie, chateaubriand, tamales,  and, of course, buffets galore. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary or Picon Punch and you’ll be living like a true Nevadan!

Ready for your adventure to noble Nevada?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Nevada! Or, search all jobs here.

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State Spotlight: Texas

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Texas is a great location for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to tremendous Texas! The Lone Star State is known for its warm weather and varied landscape, exciting sports culture, thriving arts scene, incredible food, maverick attitude, and tons more. Read on to learn more about why you just might want to mess with Texas during your career in Travel Nursing!

Travel Nursing in Texas

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Texas has more hospitals than any other state in the nation — which means loads of gigs for Travelers!

They say everything’s bigger in Texas — and that includes the state’s abundance of Travel Nursing opportunities. Not only does The Lone Star State dependably have lots of Travel Nurse jobs at great facilities, Texas also offers plenty of exciting, bucket list level things to do and see on your days off.

Texas is home to about 600 hospitals — more than any other state in the nation — 23 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 Texas hospital, Houston Medical Center in Houston, which is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in two additional adult specialties and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Texas are: UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States”ranked Texas #36 overall, as well as #8 for economy,#17 for fiscal stability, and #21 for infrastructure. Livability.com ranked Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, College Station, Dallas, San Antonio, Denton, Plano, Garland, and Fort Worth among the best places to live in Texas.

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

Texas Fast Facts

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Texas is dubbed The Lone Star State because of its flag.

State Nickname: The Lone Star State

Capital: Austin

Largest City: Houston

National Parks: 14

State Parks: 95

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 67

State Motto: “Friendship”  

State Flower: Bluebonnet

State Tree: Pecan

State Mammal: Texas Longhorn

State Small Mammal: Armadillo

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Dish: Chili

State Fruit: Texas Red Grapefruit

State Sport: Rodeo

State Music: Western Swing

Texas was the 28th state.

After being an independent nation from 1836-1845, Texas became the only state ever to join the United States by treaty rather than territorial annexation.

Texas is the nation’s second-largest state, coming in behind Alaska.

In fact, The King Ranch in Texas is itself larger than the entire state of Rhode Island!

Austin, Texas has been dubbed the live music capitol of the world.  

The Dallas/Fort Worth airport is home to the world’s largest parking lot.

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Remember the Alamo!

Handheld calculators, 3D printing, stadium nachos, integrated circuits, liquid paper, frozen margaritas, silicone breast implants, corndogs, ruby red grapefruits, Whole Foods, Dell computers, chili, Six Flags, 7-Eleven, fajitas, shopping centers, and Dr. Pepper were all invented in or originated in Texas!

Texas’ 624 miles of coastline run along the Gulf of Mexico.

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas.  

The Waco Bridge was the first suspension bridge built in the U.S.

On July 20, 1969, “Houston” was the first word spoken from the moon.

The Texas cattle population is estimated to be 16 million.

Amarillo, Texas is home to the world’s largest helium well.

Jalapeno pepper jelly originated in Lake Jackson, Texas. 

The world’s first rodeo was in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Texas include Chuck Norris, Beyonce, Matthew McConaughey, Robin Wright, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Swayze, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, Joan Crawford, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Larry Hagman, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Tommy Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, Sandra Day O’Connor, Dan Rather, Rip Torn, George W. and H.W. Bush, Alvin Ailey, George Foreman, Kenny Rogers, Luke and Owen Wilson, Ciara, Roy Orbison, Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, and Mary Kay Ash.     

Honorary members of the Texas rangers law enforcement group include Chuck Norris, Will Rogers, and John Wayne.

Approximately 75% of the world’s Snickers bars are made in Waco, Texas at the Mars/M&M plant. 

Laredo, Texas is the world’s biggest inland port.

The famous saying “Don’t Mess With Texas” originated as part of a 1986 campaign to eliminate litter from Texas roadways.

San Antonio’s Bracken Cave is home to the world’s largest bat colony.

Rumor has it that Aurora, Texas is home to an alien grave, after a UFO crashed in the area in the 1800s.

To Do & See in Texas

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San Antonio, Texas is known for its beautiful riverwalk. And don’t forget The Alamo!

Texas is known for being big and distinct. Thoughts of The Lone Star State may conjure images of everything from prairies to ranches to beaches, from charming small towns to urban hubs. And the truth is, Texas contains all of these multitudes and more!

Texas’ capital of Austin is known for keepin’ it weird and for being hailed “the live music capital of the world.” Great music, abundant outdoor activities, killer breakfast tacos, and cool festivals like South By Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest are just a few reasons why U.S. News & World Report named Austin #1 on its list of Best Places to Live. Check out Austin’s Rainey Street District, South Congress Avenue, Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs Pool, Mount Bonnell, and the famous Congress Bridge Bats.     

In Houston, Texas’ largest city, you’ll want to check out the Space Center Houston, Discovery Green, Museum of Natural Science, Buffalo Bayou, The Galleria, and tons more. There’s also lots to see in cities like San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, El Paso, and other urban hotspots.

Sports fans will be right at home in the state that made “Friday Night Lights” a thing. Pro teams here include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallass Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Dallas Wings, FC Dallas, Houston Astros, Houston Dash, Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers. But keep in mind that Texas is also packed with incredible collegiate and high school teams, and the state is also a hotbed for rodeo sports, golf, gymnastics, and motorsports.

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Texas is known for delicious chili, barbecue, Tex Mex, burgers, Gulf shrimp and oysters, and other yummy eats!

When the chuckwagon comes a rollin’ ’round in Texas, taste buds are bound to be delighted. In addition to The Lone Star State’s famous barbecue, Texas is also known for iconic faves like chili, chicken fried steak, kolaches, funnel cake, burgers, breakfast tacos, pecan pie, Gulf shrimp and oysters, peaches, Blue Bell ice cream, Frito pie, fried okra, Texas caviar, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Tex Mex like fajitas and queso. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Dr Pepper, sweet tea, or frozen margarita and you’ll be living like a true Texan!

When it comes to outdoor adventure, be sure to explore Big Bend National Park, Padre Island National Seashore, Palo Duro Canyon, Del Rio/Lake Amistad, Hueco Tanks State Park, Santa Elena Canyon, Natural Bridge Caverns, Lake Travis, Fort Davis, and many more of Texas’ natural wonders.

Ready for your adventure to terrific Texas?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Texas! Or, search all jobs here.  

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State Spotlight: Hawaii

Hawaii Kayak - State Spotlight: Hawaii
Say “Aloha” to Travel Nursing in Hawaii!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to humble Hawaii! The Aloha State is known for its otherworldly landscape and flora, gorgeous beaches, unique native culture, delicious food, and so much more. There’s a reason why Hawaii is a jackpot destination for so many Travelers — and that reason is simply that Hawaii is all-around incredible. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nursing in Hawaii will have you at “Aloha” and give you plenty to write home about!

Travel Nursing in Hawaii

Hawaii Stamp - State Spotlight: Hawaii

Hawaii is a fabulous state for Travel Nursing — in fact, it’s a bucket list state for most Travelers! The Aloha State offers so much to experience on your days off and you’ll enjoy access to lots of amazing career opportunities at incredible facilities.

Hawaii is home to about 38 hospitals — three 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 Hawaii hospital, Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, which is nationally ranked in one specialty, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in five adult specialties and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top three overall best hospitals in Hawaii are: Honolulu’s Straub Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, also in Honolulu.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” ranked Hawaii #17 overall, as well as #1 for healthcare, #16 for crime & corrections, and #18 for opportunity. Livability.com ranked Honolulu, Hilo, and Kahului among the best places to live in Hawaii.

As for licensing, Hawaii is not currently a walk-through, compact, or NURSYS state. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Hawaii.

Hawaii Fast Facts

Surfboards - State Spotlight: Hawaii
A bunch of surfboards beckon on a sunny day in Maui.


State Nickname: The Aloha State

Capital: Honolulu

Largest City: Honolulu

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 50

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono” meaning “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”  

State Flower: Pua Aloalo

State Tree: Kukui

State Mammal: Hawaiian Monk Seal

State Dance: Hula

State Musical Instrument: Ukulele

State Gem: Black coral

Hawaii was the 50th state.

Hawaii is comprised of these eight main islands: Nihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokaim Lanai, Kahoolawe, and the Big Island (officially called Hawai’i).

The Hawaiian alphabet has just 13 letters and every word and syllable ends in a vowel.

Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee, cacao, and vanilla beans.

Hawaii has the highest life expectancy age in the nation.

Unrelated to the above fact, Hawaiians consume the most Spam per capita in the U.S. It is even served at their McDonald’s and Burger Kings!

Surfing, surfboards, hooked cane knives, beach cleaning machines, Ocean vodka, radioactive particle cleaning gel, pineapple coring machines, and Kona coffee, were all invented in or originated in Oregon!

Hawaii was the first state to ban billboards.

Hawaii has a great variety of sand! They have black, white, yellow, red, and green beaches.  

The largest and most active volcano in the world is the Kilauea volcano, which has been raging for 600,000-some years.

Because of the continuous eruption from the Kilauea volcano, The Big Island grows by about 42 acres annually.

Because of its resemblance to the surface of the moon, astronauts in the 1960s trained for moon travel by walking on Mauna Loa’s hardened lava fields.

Named for the Earl of Sandwich, Hawaii was once called the Sandwich Isles.

Hawaii has no statewide police force or department of motor vehicles. These are managed by each county government. 

The north shore of Molokai features the world’s largest sea cliffs, clocking in at 3,000-plus feet high. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Hawaii include Barack Obama, Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Bruno Mars, Lauren Graham, Tia Carrere, Jack Johnson, Bethany Hamilton, Lois Lowry, Marcus Mariota, Don Ho, Michelle Wie, and Bette Midler.     

One of the wettest spots on Earth is Waialeale Mountain which averages 488-some inches of rain each year.

Only two mammals are thought to be native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and the monk seal.

While Hawaii is the widest state in the nation, if you consider landmass it would take 40 Hawaiis to make up one Texas. 

Hawaii has its own time zone and does not practice daylight savings time.

The Big Island leads the world in harvesting orchids and macadamia nuts.

There are a lot of rules around leis, including the fact that it’s considered rude to refuse a lei or take it off in front of the person who gave it to you. Leis should also never be thrown away, but should be returned to the land.

Hawaii was the first state to ban plastic bags in 2015.

To Do & See in Hawaii

Kalalau Valley - State Spotlight: Hawaii
The green ridges of Kalalau Valley against the deep blue ocean on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Hawaii is one of the nation’s most unique and breathtaking places, making it a very special destination for Travel Nurses. Beyond its world-famous beaches, Hawaii is well known for lush fauna, intriguing volcanoes, incredible seafood and other cuisine (yes, including the state’s quirky love of Spam), rich native culture, and so much more.

The Aloha State’s capital of Honolulu is by far its largest population center. In fact, Honolulu County is home to about 70 percent of the state’s entire population. Other cities of interest include Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu, Kaneohe, and several other smaller communities. In Honolulu you’ll want to check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial Park, Iolani Palace, Waikiki Beach and neighborhood, Chinatown, the Koko Crater Trail, Manoa Falls, and so much more.

Other must-dos in Hawaii include Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala, Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Hana Highway, Kilauea, Waimea Canyon State Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Molokini, Waipio Valley, Mauna Loa Observatory, and Bishop Museum.

You can also try surfing here in the state where it was invented, attend a luau, take a helicopter tour, kayak, take a sunset cruise, snorkel, hike, bike, and so much more!

The food in Hawaii is as unique as it is delicious. As an island state, seafood is obviously a very big deal here and the state is known for that in general as well as iconic faves like loco moco, malasadas, spam musubi (spam sushi), shaved ice, Kalua pork, acai bowls, manapua, ice cream mochi, poke, haupia pie, pineapple, macadamia nuts, hula pie, ramen, huli huli chicken, lau lau, poi, and garlic shrimp. Wash it all down with a Mai Tai or a piping-hot cup of Kona coffee and you’ll be living like a true Hawaiian!

Ready for your adventure to humble Hawaii?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Hawaii! Or, search all jobs here.

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7 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nurse Jobs

Winter Fun Woman
Where do you want to land a Travel Nursing job this winter?

With winter’s chill settled in and a new year on the horizon, now is the perfect time to explore options for your next adventure in Travel Nursing. Whether you want to embrace the colder months in all their frosty glory or you prefer to hightail it somewhere warm until spring comes, there are lots of great locations for you to choose from. As your brainstorm your next move, we suggest these 7 wonderful winter locations for Travel Nurse jobs.

Hawaii

Hawaii

Spending time in The Aloha State is but a pipe dream to many — however, for Travelers, it’s not so hard to make it a dream come true! With balmy year-round temps and hundreds of miles of coastline, Hawaii is the perfect place for a winter assignment that lets you totally ignore the existence of snow and completely reject hats and gloves in favor of swimsuits and sandals. In otherworldly Hawaii, you can explore golden sands, clear waters, exciting volcanoes, rugged landscapes, gorgeous tropical foliage, island traditions, delicious seafood, and so much more.   

Click here to explore jobs in heavenly Hawaii!

Virginia

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia is for lovers — and its winters are beloved by Travelers! Check into a cozy cabin, hit the slopes, or visit one of the state’s 230+ wineries to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. For some winter wildlife, check out the adorable harbor seals at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Virginia’s rich history at First Landing State Park (where the Jamestown colonists landed in 1607) and historic Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Wilderness Road State Park, and Colonial Williamsburg. Warm up and chill out at the famous Jefferson Pools — naturally occurring hot springs famous for the fact that Thomas Jefferson visited in 1818 and loved them so much he didn’t leave for three weeks straight! Click here to learn more about The Old Dominion State in our Virginia State Spotlight.

Click here to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Virginia.

Texas

Texas Woman Paddleboard 1 - 7 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nurse Jobs
A beautiful young adult woman enjoys a peaceful moment on the water with her paddle board and faithful pet dog. The sun illuminates the scene, casting a golden glow. Shot in Austin, Texas, USA.

They say “Don’t mess with Texas,” but many Travel Nurses have absolutely loved their dalliances with The Lone Star State! From its large selection of Travel Nursing job opportunities to its ample choices for activities on your days off, Texas is a great place to land for a travel job. The temps in winter stay pretty warm here, so if winter’s not your thing, Texas just might be! Don’t forget The Alamo — not to mention wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and hoppin’ urban spots like Houston and Dallas. Shopping, pro sports, museums, history, and dining are all on point in this great state as well!   

Click here to mess with Texas and find your perfect Travel Nurse job there.

California

Couple with dog skating outdoors

When it comes to Travel Nursing jobs, Cali is the year-round king. The Golden State always has lots of great Travel Nurse opportunities due to its ahead-of-the-curve staffing laws. Plus, it’s a gorgeous, diverse place that many Travelers quite enjoy calling their home for 13 weeks at a time. California has a very wide range of options in everything from landscape to activities. From skiing, surfing, hiking, and climbing to shopping, spas, sightseeing, and wine tastings, this state is a true crowd-pleaser. Learn more about this fabulous state in our California State Spotlight.   

Click here to check out California Travel Nursing jobs.

Arizona

Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

The Grand Canyon State is a super popular destination for wintertime Travel Nursing due to its abundant natural beauty and mild winters. It also helps that a shifting population of sunbirds, among other things, means a high inventory of awesome job opportunities. One of the nation’s most marvelous sights, The Grand Canyon, is a huge draw year-round, and there’s plenty more to see and do in this southwestern state. Explore Horseshoe Bend, Red Rock Scenic Canyon, and Desert Botanical Garden. Plus, even though it does remain mild in winter, Arizona offers skiers plenty to do in the snowy peaks of Flagstaff’s Snowbowl. Click here to learn more about The Grand Canyon State in our Arizona State Spotlight.    

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona.

New York

Central Park ice rink

The colder months are a great time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Exploring incredible art museums, taking in a Broadway show, and warming up with world-class cuisine, are just a few reasons why New York is a fabulous place to embrace the winter season. If you want to get outdoors, lace up for an adventure at one of the city’s seasonal ice-skating rinks, including those hosted in Bryant Park, Van Cortland Park, and Central Park — all of which are also great choices for grabbing a thermos full of warm drink and going on a winter wonderland walk. Want to escape the concrete jungle? Head to the Catskills for a ski getaway! Click here to learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to check out New York Travel Nursing jobs.

Colorado

Colorado Ski

If you love winter and want to indulge in all of its snowy glory, Colorado is a fabulous choice for a winter location. The state is well-known for some of the nation’s best skiing in spots like Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Telluride, and Steamboat Springs. You can also hit the slopes on a snowboard or tube, or — my personal favorite — stay in the lodge and sip spiked cocoa all day! Winter carnivals are a good way to heat things up, from Steamboat Springs’ 104-year-old Winter Carnival to Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest. Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and other city centers offer great art, exciting culture, delicious food, and more urban delights year-round. Click here to learn more about The Centennial State in our Colorado State Spotlight.

Click here to explore Colorado Travel Nursing jobs.

Did we miss your dream winter location? Click here to search Travel Nursing jobs by job title, specialty, and/or state!

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State Spotlight: Oregon

Oregon Columbia River Gorge
Outstanding Oregon is a gorgeous place for your next Travel Nurse adventure!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to outstanding Oregon! The Beaver State is known for its breathtaking landscapes, unique creative culture, world-class wineries, and so much more. There’s also an abundance of lucrative, resume-building Travel Nurse jobs in this majestic state. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nursing in Oregon is A-OK in a magical way!

Travel Nursing in Oregon

Oregon Stamp

Oregon is a fantastic place for Travelers to take an assignment. In The Beaver State you will never be bored on your days off and you’ll enjoy access to lots of amazing career opportunities at top-notch Traveler-friendly hospitals.

Oregon is home to about 65 hospitals — 10 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 Oregon hospital, OHSU Hospital in Portland, which is nationally ranked in six specialties and seven children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in five adult specialties and eight procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Oregon are: Portland’s Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland’s Providence Portland Medical Center, Salem’s Salem Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” ranked Oregon #16 overall, as well as #6 for economy and #3 for infrastructure. The publication also named Portland, Oregon #6 on its 2018 list of “Best Places to Live.”

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

Oregon Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Beaver State

Capital: Salem

Largest City: Portland

Oregon Lighthouse

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 255

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 28

State Motto: “She flies with her own wings” 

State Flower: Oregon Grape

State Tree: Douglas Fir

State Fish: Chinook Salmon

State Animal: American Beaver

State Rock: Thunder-egg (geode)

State Gem: Oregon sunstone

Oregon was the 33rd state.

Oregon’s is the only U.S. state flag with different designs on each side.

Portland, Oregon has more breweries within its city limits than any other city in the world.    

Oregon’s Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the nation. It formed more than 6,500 years ago inside the remains of an ancient volcano!

Eugene, Oregon was the first city to have one-way streets.

Marionberries, the Nike swoosh, Pendleton blankets, the first Wiki site, American-style Maraschino cherries, the computer mouse, hacky sacks, erector sets, spikeless track shoes, the Leatherman, Rogue Ales (and SO many other beers), Tillamook Cheese, and the Coolest cooler (a tricked out cooler with a blender, stereo, USB charging port, and more!) were all invented in or originated in Oregon!

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregon is home to the most ghost towns in the United States.

Oregon’s Tillamook Cheese Factory is the largest cheese factory in the world, yielding delicious results for cheese-lovers.

The D River in Lincoln City, Oregon is one of the world’s shortest rivers at a mere 121 feet.

On the other hand, The Beaver State’s Hells Canyon clocks in as the deepest river gorge in North America at a whopping 8,000 feet deep.

Oregon is the only state with an official state nut. The nut in question? The humble hazelnut!

Nike, originally called Blue Ribbon Sports, was started in Oregon. PSU student Carolyn Davidson designed Nike’s iconic swoosh in 1971 and sold it to the company for just $35!

Until January 2018, Oregon was one of only two U.S. states without self-serve gas stations. While Oregon now allows patrons to pump their own gas only at stand-alone stations in counties with less 40,000 residents, New Jersey is still holding out!

Calling all winos! Oregon is home to more than 750 vineyards.  

Way back in 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana. It followed up in 2014 by becoming one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Louisiana include Tonya Harding, Ty Burrell, Lisa Rinna, Kathleen Hanna, Howard Hesseman, Isaiah Mustafa, River Phoenix, Holly Madison, Steve Prefontaine, Beverly Clearly, Clark Gable, Matthew Fox, Ginger Rogers, Kim Novak, Courtney Love, Ken Kesey, Jon Heder, Phil Knight, Raymond Carver, Tommy Thayer, Dorothy McCullough, and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.     

When naming the city of Portland, the odds were 50-50 and decided by a coin toss. If the coin had landed the other way Portland would be called Boston!

The biggest mushroom on Earth — a honey fungus spanning more than two miles — resides in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. It’s believed to be thousands of years old.

If you didn’t know, the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland! In addition to the popular TV show “Portlandia,” The Goonies and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest were set and filmed in Oregon.  

The world’s tallest barber pole stands 72-feet high and resides in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Oregon has nine beautiful lighthouses along its coastline.

Mount Hood, a dormant volcano, is Oregon’s highest peak at 11,239 feet tall.

Oregon’s largest state park, Silver Falls State Park, boasts 10 waterfalls.

To Do & See in Oregon

Iconic Portland, Oregon Old Town sign with an outline of Oregon and a stag

From breathtaking natural sights to quirky urban areas, The Beaver State is a magical playground for Travel Nurses! The state offers a diverse landscape of mountains, forest, and beaches, as well as world-class wine, craft beer, incredible dining, and stimulating culture — making Oregon a wonderful place to embark on your next Travel Nurse journey! 

For city lovers, The Beaver State’s largest cities include Portland, Salem, Eugene, Gresham, Beaverton, and Bend. As you have heard via TV’s “Portlandia,” the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland — but that’s not all that make it a great place to take an assignment or a day trip. Where else can you visit Forest Park — the largest park in city limits in the U.S. and the world’s smallest park, Mill’s End Park, which is a wee spot on a median?! You will also definitely want to check out Powell’s Books, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Portland Mercado, Portland Art Museum, Portland Japanese Gardens, Multnomah Falls, Voodoo Doughnut, Washington Park, Pittock Mansion, Portland Saturday Market, Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, gigantic Paul Bunyan, and so many more incredible spots. Craft beer lovers and wine aficionados will feel pampered with the many offerings here as well!     

Oregon Crater Lake

Outside of the big city, adventurers will want to check out Cannon Beach — which many will recognize from The Goonies, The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery in Gold Hill, The Enchanted Forest near Salem, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Astoria, the Willamette Valley, and so many more.

For those who love the great outdoors, get ready to fall hard for Oregon. The Beaver State is known for its almost otherworldly natural beauty. To experience this, check out places like Crater Lake National Park, Cascades Lake Scenic Byway, Mount Hood, Hells Canyon Recreational Area, Yachats, Wallowa Lake, Columbia River Gorge, Greenwood Poplar Tree Farm, Thor’s Well, The Painted Hills and the John Day Fossil Beds, Natural Bridges, Deschutes River, and Dee Wright Observatory, to name a few.

If you like to eat you will LOVE Oregon!The farm-to-table restaurant scene is a big deal here, resulting in incredible dining options, and the state is also known for its fresh seafood and unique regional favorites. While on assignment in Oregon enjoy iconic faves like marionberry pie, Dungeness crab, Moonstruck Chocolates, hazelnuts, Tillamook Cheese, Vietnamese chicken wings, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Voodoo Doughnuts, tater tots, Tofurky, steamer clams, salmon, wild mushrooms, fish & chips, and oysters. Wash it all down with a piping-hot Stumptown Coffee, and ice-cold Rouge Ale, or a fine Oregon Pinot and you’ll be living like a true Oregonian!

Ready for your adventure to outstanding Oregon?!

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State Spotlight: Louisiana

Fun-loving young woman at Mardi Gras in New Orleans Louisiana

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to lovely Louisiana!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to lovely Louisiana! The Bayou State is known for its incredible culture and food, unique landscape, and wealth of great Travel Nursing jobs. Louisiana has a unique cultural footprint, fascinating history, exciting cities, and so much more for you to explore while on assignment. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Bayou State are a great way to let the good times roll — or, laissez les bon temps rouler, as the local say!

Travel Nursing in Louisiana

State of Louisiana

Louisiana is home to more than 200 hospitals that need great Travelers like YOU!

Louisiana is a fantastic playground for Travelers! In The Bayou State — or The Pelican State, as it’s alternately known — you have access to tons of great career opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals, as well as the chance to build your resume and your healthcare skill set.

Louisiana is home to more than 200 hospitals — 5 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 Louisiana hospital, New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in four specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in six adult specialties and four procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Louisiana are: Shreveport’s Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Baton Rouge’s Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Metairie’s East Jefferson General Hospital, and Lafayette’s Lafayette General Medical Center.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Places to Live” list includes both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and Livability.com cites the state’s food, music, sports, culture, and more as top reasons to move to Louisiana. In fact, U.S. News & World Report also ranked New Orleans #2 among “Best Foodie Cities in the USA.”

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

Louisiana Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Bayou State or The Pelican State

Capital: Baton Rouge

Street Jazz Band Trumpet QuartetLargest City: New Orleans

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 20

National Historic Landmarks: 54

State Motto: “Union, Justice, and Confidence”

State Flower: Magnolia

State Tree: Bald Cypress

State Bird: Brown Pelican

State Symbol: Fleur-de-lis

State Crustacean: Crawfish

State Reptile: Alligator

Louisiana was the 18th state.

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At eight feet below sea level, the city of New Orleans is home to Louisiana’s lowest point and the nation’s second-lowest point.

Because it is a word-for-word translation, the iconic phrase “Laissez les bons temps rouler” is not grammatically correct in French.

Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown Pelican, was endangered from 1970-1990.

The first ever operatic performance in the nation was in New Orleans in 1796.

The binocular microscope, craps, fried turkey, Smoothie King, poker, The Higgins Boat, Venetian blinds, zydeco music, dental floss, cotton candy, movie theaters, Tabasco, bananas foster, America’s first cocktail — the Sazerac, and, of course, jazz were all invented in or originated in Louisiana!

It’s estimated that Louisiana is home to two million wild alligators and another 300,000 on alligator farms.

At 450-feet tall with a whopping 34 floors, Louisiana has the nation’s tallest state capital.

Louisiana does not have counties like all the other states. Instead, they have parishes.

Canal Street was at one point meant to be an actual canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

Every year approximately 1.4 million people go to Mardi Gras.

French Q 300x200 - State Spotlight: LouisianaThe Sazerac and the Hurricane are two popular cocktails invented in New Orleans.

New Orleans’ historic Treme neighborhood was one of the first places in the U.S. where free people of color were able to purchase and own their own property.

While New Orleans is famous for being the birthplace of jazz, no one knows exactly where and when the art form was invented. Many historians believe it originated in Congo Square — the first place in NOLA where African slaves could congregate — and later developed in the Treme and Storyville neighborhoods.

In addition to jazz, Cajun and zydeco music were also invented in Louisiana.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Louisiana include Ellen DeGeneres. Resse Witherspoon, Tyler Perry, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Tim McGraw, Fats Domino, Ali Landry, James Carville, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Bryant Gumbel, Kevyn Aucoin, Donna Brazile, Branford Marsalis, Randy Jackson, DJ Khaled, Cokie Roberts, Anne Rice, Huey Long, Paul Prudhomme, Truman Capote, Mahalia Jackson, and Britney Spears.

LSU’s colors were originally blue and white but were changed to Mardi Gras’ purple, gold, and green color scheme to be more representative of Louisiana.

The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river basin, stretching over more than one million acres and spanning about 140 miles.

Louisiana was named in honor of France’s King Louis XIV.

Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world’s longest continuous bridge over water spanning nearly 24 miles.

Baton Rouge is the only place outside of the original 13 colonies where an American Revolution battle was fought.

Tabasco sauce made in Louisiana holds the second-oldest food trademark in the United States patent office.

To Do & See in Louisiana

LA Oak 300x188 - State Spotlight: LouisianaFrom unique geography to singular cities, The Bayou State has so much for Travelers to do and see — and eat and drink! The state presents oodles of opportunities to embrace culture, music, food, history, and so much more — making Louisiana an incredible spot for your next Travel Nurse adventure!

For city lovers, The Bayou State’s largest cities include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. New Orleans is considered the state’s crown jewel by many Travelers — after all, where else can you visit The Tree of Life and the Museum of Death?! Some of the iconic city’s must-sees include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Garden District, Frenchman Street, Aquarium of the Americas, Lake Pontchartrain, Preservation Hall, Louis Armstrong Park, Napoleon House, St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and so much more. Take a historic streetcar ride, sip coffee and nibble on beignets at Café Du Monde, enjoy some street jazz — iconic experiences are around every turn in this incredibly unique and vibrant city. Large events like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival always bring the party as well.

Outside of the capital city, you’ll want to check out urban adventures and other attractions like the Louisiana State Capital (the tallest in the nation!), the original state capital (which looks like a castle!), Magnolia Mound Plantation, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, USS Kidd, the Sallier Oak tree, Fort Proctor, the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum, Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory, Fort St. Phillips, Jungle Gardens, and so many more.

Beignets 300x200 - State Spotlight: LouisianaLouisiana has also been dubbed the Sportsman’s Paradise due to its many great activities in the great outdoors. Golfing is big here, as is hiking, kayaking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, and swamp basin tours. For natural beauty check out the Longleaf Scenic Byway, Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, Creole Nature Trail, Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, Chicot State Park, Tammany Trace, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park, and Barataria Preserve Wetlands Trail, to name a few.

Famished after all that activity? Louisiana is one of the best foodie destinations in the nation! Louisiana has incredibly distinct cuisine due in large part to its various cultural influences. While on assignment in Louisiana enjoy iconic faves like beignets, po’boys, muffaletta, king cake, crawfish etouffee, gumbo, boudin, andouille, jambalaya, pralines, yakamein, blackened fish, cracklins, red beans & rice, turtle soup, shrimp & grits, bread pudding, bananas foster, maque choux, pain perdu, and chargrilled oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Abita or Sazerac and you’ll be living like a true Louisianan!

Ready for your adventure to lovely Louisiana?!

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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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