One of the great benefits of being a travel nurse is the fact that you get to experience different locations. If location is a factor for you in picking your assignments, there are some incredible places in California and Las Vegas that offer the most diverse and thrilling experiences from a location perspective. Below are 5 great cities you can explore for assignments.
San Francisco, California
One of the most popular cities in the world, San Francisco has so much to see and do that it is nearly impossible for a travel nurse in the city to ever get bored. With plenty of sightseeing, with the city’s famous cable cars, you can experience all the great sightss from the San Francisco Bay, the embacadero to the beautiful Victorian houses populating the hills. In addition there’s the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, stretching for a mile-and-a-quarter across the bay.
A Travel Nurse on assignment will have the opportunity to visit some incredible landmarks, including Alcatraz prison, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, Union Square and crooked Lombard Street. San Francisco also has a wealth of shopping, entertainment and dining options, as well as 2 of the best first class sports venues at Candlestick Park and Giants Stadium.
San Francisco is an exciting and bustling city to experience. You will find this California location teeming with historic and modern attractions. On your time off you can plan day trips across the bay to Sausalito or head north to the wine country in Napa Valley which offers even more options for travelers.
San Diego, California
Known by locals and visitors alike as “America’s Finest City,” this jewel on the Pacific Coast glitters with fun, sun and an endless array of things to see and do. It also enjoys the best climate in the country, with year-round opportunities to enjoy the great Southern California lifestyle.
San Diego is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, as well as the famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, and a thriving downtown, anchored by the historic Gaslamp District with an endless array of top-notch restaurants and clubs. Downtown visitors can catch a game at the Padres’ Petco Park, enjoy a harbor cruise or tour a variety of sites including the U.S.S. Midway Museum.
Other top attractions include Old Town and Balboa Park, which offer glimpses into California history accented by museums, shops and great restaurants. And just across San Diego Bay is the picturesque town of Coronado, including the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Great shopping and cultural events are also plentiful here; San Diego boasts two Tony-award-winning theaters and an enticing array of music and arts festivals.
Los Angeles, California
Often referred to as The City of Angels is the largest, most diverse city on the West Coast, and a travel nurse could spend weeks, months and even years discovering all this vast city has to offer.
Outdoor enthusiasts can find something to do year-round, from surfing and sunbathing on the area’s famous beaches, to snowboarding in the nearby mountains to jogging, hiking and off-roading. And the buzz and nightlife of L.A. can keep you hopping until dawn. You can rub shoulders with the rich and famous at popular Hollywood nightclubs, dance to some of today’s hottest bands, and enjoy incredible cuisine from world-class restaurants and hip new dining spots; in L.A., it’s “always on.”
Travel Nurses can also enjoy top museums, shop at venues ranging from the famous garment district to glitzy Rodeo Drive, spend the day at Universal Studios or visit nearby theme parks–including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Magic Mountain–or scout out celebrities’ homes. Or they can simply kick back and relax in this Southern California paradise.
Popular as a location for movie and film shoots, Burbank, which is just north of Los Angeles, is in the heart of the entertainment industry. You can be part of the audience during the taping of some of your favorite TV shows, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show, or tour the studios of NBC and Warner Brothers. Other major studios here include Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more.
This media mecca in sunny California is close to everything a travel nurse might want to visit, and includes a number of local choices for entertainment and dining. You can take in a performance at the Starlight Bowl, the Hollywood Bowl or other music venues; enjoy a number of fine restaurants; shop in the village shopping district; and take advantage of a variety of theaters and parks. And many of Southern California’s best beaches, sightseeing attractions, theme parks and entertainment are all within reach.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is Known for the famous “Strip” with miles of spectacular, world-class casinos, restaurants, hotels and shopping venues, Las Vegas has numerous options to keep visitors and residents entertained. As a travel nurse on assignment here, you can enjoy performances from Blue Man Group and Penn & Teller to nearly every big-name singer in the country, Vegas plays host to some of the hottest shows anywhere.
Yet most residents and long-term visitors have their fun away from The Strip, exploring the outdoors in the warm Nevada sunshine. Las Vegas is centrally located within an hour of some great recreation spots, including Mt. Charleston–offering snow skiing in the winter and hiking in the warmer months–and Lake Mead, which offers tours of the famous Hoover Dam as well as boating, swimming, sunbathing and fishing practically year-round. And a trip to the surrounding desert rewards hikers, photographers and sightseers with some spectacular scenery.
Las Vegas is one of the country’s fastest growing major cities due to its desirable neighborhoods and reasonable cost of living. So much more than a gamblers paradise, it is also a great destination for Travel Nurses.