5 Ideal Summertime Travel Nursing Destinations

Health Carousel Travel Nursing
May 21, 2018
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With summer temperatures already present in many U.S. regions, it’s time to nail down your ideal summertime travel nursing assignment. The experienced team at Health Carousel Travel Nursing highlights five beautiful states to consider when the weather is warm.


Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, feasting on delectable steamed crab, and catching an outdoor movie in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore—simply put, Maryland is a great place to be this summer. Ocean City is the quintessential summertime destination where you can soak up the sun and the sand, enjoy a free Fourth of July concert and fireworks over the Atlantic, and a variety of rides and amusements on the three-mile-long Boardwalk. Be sure to take a spin on the giant Ferris wheel for a spectacular view of the landscape below. For those with a sweet tooth, search for the perfect ice cream on the state’s ice cream trail.


During your off-time in Massachusetts, you’ll have a wealth of fun activities to enjoy. Cheer on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, photograph picturesque lighthouses, explore the dunes and artsy Provincetown on Cape Cod, and  hop aboard the ferry for a day or weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. Rent a bike to explore the island and be sure to wander through the village of Oak Bluffs, famous for its vibrantly-painted gingerbread-style cottages. The area also boasts sandy beaches with minimal surf that are ideal for wading.


If you’re a fan of festivals, a Pennsylvania travel nurse job is a great choice for the summer (and beyond). Pittsburgh offers the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which gathers musicians and artists at the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela rivers over 10 days in June—and it’s all free. In mid-July, the city puts on the Summer Beer Fest, with over 300 craft beers and live music. If UFOs or quirky events peak your interest, head to Kecksburg in late July to take part in the UFO Festival. It features a bed race, corn-hole tournament, parade, craft show and food vendors along with Bigfoot, paranormal, and UFO-focused speakers and displays.

Pennsylvania calls to chocolate lovers of all types, too. In Hershey, enjoy the thrills at Hersheypark, including over 16 water rides and 14 coasters. At Hershey’s Chocolate World, you can take a free tour to learn how chocolate is made, taste mouthwatering samples, buy chocolate gifts, and more.


The Blue Grass State is a great pick for outdoor adventure lovers. In the beautiful Red River Gorge area, you’ll find miles and miles of hiking trails that wind through remote canyons, leading to awe-inspiring arches and unique rock formations. You can also embark on a kayak or canoe tour along the Red River, cool off in the Jumping Rock swimming hole, or go off-roading. Practically an endless list of other options for summer await throughout Kentucky—witness the moonbow at Cumberland Falls, explore the more than 400 miles of passages and caverns at Mammoth Cave National Park, or go mountain biking in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.


No matter where you land a travel job in New York, you’ll have a wide range of things to do near your accommodations. Central Park hosts the state’s largest free performing arts festival, with an impressive music lineup that includes everything from jazz and classical to indie rock and hip-hop. On Long Island, enjoy a beach town feel, with flip-flops a standard attire from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stroll through colorful botanical gardens, spend a day or more on the sand, dine at seafood shacks, taste vino on the Long Island wine trail, or go strawberry picking.

If you’re ready to lock down an ideal summertime travel nursing job, trust the state-focused recruiters at HCTN to guide you throughout the process. Whether you’re interested in hiking trails in Kentucky or walking the boardwalk in Maryland, our team can help you find the right travel assignment for you needs.

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