While Chicago may be the first place that comes to mind when considering Illinois travel jobs, the state capital of Springfield is a travel nursing hotspot that offers much to see and do between working shifts.
The experienced travel nursing team at Medical Staffing Options highlights five reasons you should consider a Springfield travel nurse job soon.
1. Explore the Life of Abraham Lincoln
Springfield was once the home of Abraham Lincoln, witnessing the president’s rise from lawyer to politician. As one of the most well-known and beloved presidents in U.S. history, Lincoln’s life is fascinating for history buffs and non-history enthusiasts alike, and you’ll find lots of ways to explore it here. At the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, you can walk through the home where Abe and his wife Mary lived for 17 years after purchasing it in 1844, raising their family there and expanding the structure over time to include two stories and 12 rooms. You can also wander through the impressive Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and visit the president’s tomb.
2. Hop Aboard Amtrak For an Exciting Trip to Chicago
Amtrak currently offers five inexpensive trips daily in each direction between Springfield and Chicago, making a day or overnight visit to the Midwest’s largest city quite convenient. Dine on iconic dishes like deep-dish pizza, shop ‘til you drop along the Magnificent Mile, and experience the wealth of entertainment at the lakefront Navy Pier. This is the departure spot for lake cruises and multiple attractions like a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, public art exhibitions and more. With five pro sports teams in the Windy City, most of the year you’ll be able to catch a major league baseball, football, basketball, ice hockey, or soccer game, too.
3. Tour the State Capitol Building
Touring the French-renaissance-style Illinois State Capitol building offers an eye-opening look at both history and modern government. Built in 1868, the impressive building features a nearly 93-foot dome decorated with elaborate stained glass and colorful, detailed patterns. A free, guided tour will bring you to the upper levels where the house, senate, and supreme court chambers can be found.
4. Stroll Through an Oasis of Nature at Washington Park Botanical Garden
Washington Park Botanical Garden is one of the best places in Springfield to get out and stretch your legs. The complex showcases more than 1,200 plant species, with everything from a beautiful rose garden and Roman cultural garden to a cactus garden, peony collection and shade garden with picturesque walking paths.
5. Catch a Movie at the Historic Route 66 Drive-In
While drive-ins are becoming few and far between, Springfield hosts the Route 66 Drive-In, a restored twin drive-in that lies on historic Route 66. It hosts two double features every night from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends throughout October beginning at dusk.
Find Your Springfield Travel Nursing Job Today
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