Shorter days and chilly temperatures are just around the corner, meaning it’s time to lock down your winter travel nursing assignment—hopefully somewhere away from the ice and snow.
These top spots not only experience warmer weather in the winter, but also have lots of fun things for you to experience during your off time.
The Peach State provides the ideal blend of exciting city delights, charming small towns, and even islands with picture-perfect beaches that can be enjoyed in a much more tranquil environment during the wintertime. In Atlanta, you can taste your way through a thriving foodie scene and visit world-renowned attractions like the Georgia Aquarium. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobblestone streets through moss-draped ancient oak trees and gaze up at the magnificent antebellum homes in Savannah, or make the short drive to Tybee Island to dip your toes in those beautiful stretches of soft sands.
Even in December, the average high temperature in cities like Richmond is a relatively mild 51 degrees Fahrenheit, dipping just a few degrees in January before quickly rising back to 51 in February. You’re unlikely to need those winter boots and gloves while exploring Richmond’s many sights, including the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. It’s a magnificent spectacle around the holidays with a half-million sparkling lights and handcrafted botanical décor as well as providing opportunities to gather around the warmth of a fire with hot chocolate and s’mores. Virginia’s capital city offers lots for history buffs too, indoors and out, from Monument Avenue with its grand Gilded Age mansions to world-class museums and battlefields to explore.
Sun, sun, and more sun is what you’ll experience in Arizona, with places like Yuma averaging 313 days of sunshine every year. Winter is the best time to enjoy those cactus-filled desert landscapes, including hikes through the Kofa National Wildlife Reserve, home to many native plant and animal species, including kangaroo rats, foxes and badgers. This season also brings the Yuma Medjool Date Festival to Main Street, where you can taste the delicious fruits that are grown in the desert southwest along with all sorts of other food, drink and live music. Plus, you’ll be just minutes from Mexico, making a day trip across the border possible, too.
California is famous for its year-round sunny skies, and there’s no exception in cities like Bakersfield and Fresno. The former is home to the Kern County Raceway Park, where you can enjoy the heart-pounding thrills of racing, as well as the high-rated California Living Museum, which features many of the state’s native animals like desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, mountain lions and black bears. The latter boasts a wonderful downtown filled with historical buildings like the Bank of Italy Building and the Fresno Water Tower, as well as impressive public art spread throughout that makes it ideal for a walk in between shifts. With Yosemite National Park only about a 75-minute drive away, you can look forward to taking in its iconic sights like Half Dome and Yosemite Falls without the crowds.
You’re not likely to see snow in The Sunshine State. In Miami, temperatures are idyllic, hovering around the mid-70s—perfect for dining on outdoor patios and lounging on soft sandy beaches, as well as marveling at the world’s largest collection of 1930s Art Deco buildings. Located on the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce is another fabulous spot to consider, experiencing those pleasant mid-70s temps, over 20 miles of unspoiled, uncrowded beaches, and a wide range of entertainment like Friday Fest, a Farmers’ Market and the Jazz Market.
Reach out to the experienced travel nurse recruiters at Medical Staffing Options today. We know where you want to go this winter!