Summertime and the living can be quite easy and breezy if you pick a fun-loving locale claiming a moderate spot on the latitude scale. Choose a contract in one of our top picks and take advantage of the longer days to enjoy some sweeter sunshine.
Frommer’s lists Santa Barbara in its 20 best vacation U.S. destinations, so why not live where others stay on holiday? Located at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, this calmer cousin to nearby L.A. boasts both elevated and sea level sights to explore. Enjoy nature’s playground with a hike on Inspiration Point Trail, and then find a secluded stretch of sand to relax at One Thousand Steps Beach if you can muster the energy to get there.
Santa Barbara celebrates summer with floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, and dance and band ensembles all parading in an over-the-top fun fest as part of the Annual Summer Solstice Celebration at the end of June.
There’s not a better way to savor summer than doing so island style. Wailuku is located on the exquisite island of Maui in Hawaii. Seafaring activities are as abundant as they come. Dive or snorkel below to see a vibrant rainbow of colorful fish, coral and marine life, or whale watch aboard an eco cruise. Tour sacred burial grounds for Hawaiian chiefs and set sights on the iconic Iao Needle. If you find your daydream has a palm tree backdrop, be sure to check out our Traveler Tips for Hawaii post before you pack your bathing suit and flip flops.
We wrote about Denver being a perfect match for newbie travel nurses and it also makes the cut as a summertime hotspot. Boulder, however, has put a nail on the map as an outdoor mecca for hiking and biking for the easy goer, fearless adventurer and everyone in between. The Boulder Creek Path takes you straight through the city. Or you can see what 7,000 feet down looks like from the Bald Mountain Trail. If the arts is your jam, Boulder is home to a contemporary art museum, philharmonic orchestra, and weekly folk dancing and live music performances at various parks beginning in June.
This eclectic college town set in the Finger Lakes region comes alive after their brutal winters with a host of options to enjoy the scenery and change of season. Pick up some local produce at the waterfront Farmers Market and rent a sailboat or canoe and cruise the Cayuga Lake. For the festival-loving foodie, Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry offers the area’s finest food and beverages from 80 local restaurants, wineries and microbreweries and happens every June.
There’s more to Maine than lighthouses and lobsters. In fact, the city is home to the world’s only cryptozoology museum celebrating “cryptozoology,” which is the quest to discover hidden creatures, from elusive cougars to the famously mysterious Bigfoot. If sci-fi isn’t your cup of tea, enjoy fresh sea breezes watching the fisherman haul in the catch of the day along Commercial Street. Then dine on your pick at any of the local eateries with the quintessential New England feel. The Yarmouth Clam Festival every July is known throughout the state for seafood in abundance, carnival rides, musical acts and celebration of community.
The southern jewel of Charleston is as sweet as they come. What it’s lacking in mild summer temperatures it makes up for in historical charm and a delightful array of restaurant choices. Stroll the quaint city streets admiring the architectural marvels along The Battery or step back in time on a plantation home tour. History buffs will have a treasure trove to explore with the city’s important role during the Civil War.
Read about a few more places that we think are sweet summertime destinations like Portland, Seattle and Boston in our Top Locations for Newbie Travel Nurses post. Picking your location is part of the journey, and one of the many benefits of being a travel nurse is you can pick the place that’s right for you depending on the season of the year or your life!
If you’re interested in learning about our current travel nursing opportunities, contact your recruiter or visit us at www.pprtravelnursing.com. We’d love to help you kick off your best summer yet.