Travel nurses can enjoy huge perks when taking summer assignments in unexpected places. It's more fun to explore the outdoors in warmer — but not too hot — weather. If you're looking for outdoor adventures, look no further than these five incredible states.
If you're from Michigan, you know the best time to be there is in the summer. While northern Michigan has more hiking and beach opportunities, southern and central spots like the Detroit area have more urbanized offerings such as concerts and ball games.
- Mackinac Island — This relaxing resort town on Lake Michigan has no cars. Vacationers get around the island on bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. It's also home to several historical sites, nature trails, and dozens of fudge shops.
- Hiking the northwest — Though much of the old-growth forests fell to the logging industry, the northwest regions of Michigan are packed with trails for beginners and experienced hikers.
A summer in Oregon might be your dream assignment if you're looking for fresh air. It doesn't matter if you prefer the ocean, mountains, deserts, or lush forests; Oregon has something for you. Regardless of your interests, the Pacific Northwest delivers.
- Crater Lake: — The remnants of Mount Mazama’s violent eruption is now one of the deepest lakes in the world. It's the perfect place to hike and bike your summer away.
- Columbia River Gorge — This gorge is the largest National Scenic Area in the United States. Breweries and farm-to-table restaurants are dotted between waterfalls and scenic mountain trails.
Between the Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Peninsula, Washington is much more than Seattle and Mount Saint Helens. You can cycle, hike, and kayak during your time off.
- San Juan Islands — Tucked between northwest Washington and Canada's Vancouver Island, the San Juan Islands offer a relaxing getaway close to bustling Seattle. You can take a gorgeous ride on the Washington State Ferries or a private boat to discover local art galleries, food, and protected scenery.
- Olympic National Park — Explore ancient rainforests, wander through alpine meadows, and trek the Pacific coastline. It may all be wrapped up in one place, but you'll definitely need a summer to see everything the park has to offer.
4. New Hampshire
New England isn't just a fall foliage destination. Between the coast and the White Mountains, you can relax with a glass of wine on a beach or challenge yourself with a beautiful hike.
- Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway — Take a ride on the first aerial tramway in North America to get amazing views of New Hampshire's Presidential Range. The tramway takes you up 4,080 feet to see the biggest glacier-carved pass in the White Mountains.
- Lake Winnipesaukee — Between the actual lake and local water parks, a trip to Winnipesaukee is a great way to cool off. You can sail, kayak, and cruise the beautiful waters or take a shady walk on the surrounding wildlife trails.
You might want to visit this state on an actual vacation but taking a travel assignment in California can be just as much fun. California has tons of outdoor activities outside the chaotic cities where you can slow down and catch your breath between shifts.
- Pacific Crest Trail — You don't have to hike the whole thing, but this 2,650-mile-long trail stretches from Mexico to Canada through volcanic peaks and dense forests.
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area — These untouched, protected lands make up the largest urban national park just outside of Los Angeles.
An added bonus? California, Oregon, and Washington are three states that also offer paid sick leave travel nurses are eligible for. If you haven't figured out your summer travel assignment, now is the time. Take a step out of your ordinary and discover new, beautiful sights.
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