Are you considering the adventurous life of a travel nurse for the first time, but not sure what locale might fit your fancy? Whether it’s glittering lights, surf swell or towering terrain, there’s a city on the map with your name on it. Check our recommendation for the top 10 cities for new travel nurses.
Who doesn’t love roses? Or 8,000 of them! The International Rose Garden is a must see in Portland along with the Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Many adore Portland for its accessibility to the great outdoors. Whether it’s biking, hiking, camping or paddling, Portland is home to more than 275 parks and 14,000 acres of wide-open spaces.
More on travel nursing in Portland? Read our post on 9 Reasons to Place in Portland.
If powder is your jam, the Mile-High City puts you right in the mix with easy access to several world-renowned ski resorts. The heart of Denver has something for everyone including the Denver Botanic Gardens or The Source, a 19th-century warehouse that’s the city’s hottest destination for foodies with local brewers, bakers, specialty grocers and craftsmen all under one roof.
Known for a famous tea party, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Learn all about its important role in the American Revolution on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of 16 historic sites. Climb the 294 steps up the Bunker Hill Monument for one of the city’s best views. Public art, theatre and museums crisscross Boston for a cultural destination to fit any taste.
This part of Southern California has some bragging rights as one of the top-ten best climates in the Farmers Almanac. San Diego is home to a large naval fleet, and the public is welcome to tour the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum.The renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens make San Diego one of “America’s Coolest Cities” as ranked by Forbes. Not to be outdone, Monterey is a popular strip of seafood restaurants, shops and bars in converted factories.The city is well known for its diverse marine life, which includes sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, dolphins and several species of whales.
Take a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, hike among dormant volcanoes or stroll through the Old Town filled with historic abode buildings paying homage to the area’s tribal history. Albuquerque also makes the “Best Weather” list for its abundant sunshine, low humidity, and wide, yet mild, seasonal range of temperatures.
The Smithsonian declared Brattleboro Number 11 of the “20 Best Small Towns in America.” This urban arts oasis is where the West River meets the Connecticut River right in Downtown offering a stunning venue for the swimmer, fisherman, kayaker and even the bicyclist with nine different self-guided biking tours all starting from Brattleboro.
Las Vegas has a full plate of vibrant nightlife, centered on 24-hour casinos and nearly any entertainment option one might dream up. And while an Egyptian pyramid, Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower are all spectacles in their own right, there’s also wonder found rock climbing at Red Rock National Conservation Area or retreating to cooler temperatures at Mt. Charleston, Nevada’s fifth tallest peak.
Rapid City is called the gateway to Mt. Rushmore, the massive iconic sculpture of four U.S. Presidents. It’s also a hop, skip and jump from Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and the Black Hills – perfect for cruising by car or motorcycle. Grab dinner Downtown and be greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our past presidents.
This Live Music Capital of the World lets you create a soundtrack all your own. Explore Austin like you’re on an episode of Amazing Race with a guided scavenger hunt from Austin Detours. See for yourself why the city’s stunning lakes are popular for hiking, biking and boating and then be sure and fill up on some famous Tex-Mex.
You cannot miss (even if you wanted to) the futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, which autographs the Seattle skyline. Sample a little of everything at Pike Place Market and then explore the area’s natural wonderland that surrounds the city with water, mountains and evergreen forests. Whale watch while hiking through Discovery Park or from the deck of the Washington State Ferry.
Picking your location for your first travel nursing position is part of the journey. The luxury of being a travel nurse is you can go someplace different next time depending on where the wind takes you! If you’re interested in learning about our current travel nursing opportunities, or need guidance in finding your first city to apply for a travel nursing job in, contact your recruiter or visit us at www.pprtravelnursing.com. We’d love
to help you off on your first travel nursing adventure.