Located in the heart of southwest Georgia along the Flint River, Albany welcomes travel nurses with fantastic shopping, dining, fine arts, and more. While it may be a relatively small town, Albany packs a punch for travelers who are interested in immersing themselves in the antebellum period of the Old South while taking advantage of the pleasantly mild and warm climate during the winter months.
With so much to see and do, you might just find yourself extending that assignment for another 13 weeks!
Here are six reasons you should be considering Albany for your winter travel nursing destination.
While Albany is worth a visit year round, the weather is especially enjoyable during the winter (compared to colder regions up north, that is). In November, the average high for Albany is a gorgeous 71° F. From December to February, average highs range from 61° to 65° F. If you or a travel nurse friend are on the lookout for a warm-weather winter assignment, Albany may be the perfect destination.
Take advantage of the frequent sunny weather by visiting Radium Spring Gardens, where 70,000 gallons of crystal-clear, 68-degree waters are pumped every minute from an underground cave. Stroll the paved paths while enjoying the tranquility of the sights and sounds of the water as well as the exotic and indigenous flora. It’s an ideal place to de-stress after a long day at the hospital.
Founded in 1836, Albany boasts a rich history, particularly when it comes to civil rights. In 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to an audience at Mount Zion Baptist Church, inspiring the crowd to challenge the oppression of African Americans. Visit the Albany Civil Rights Institute to learn about the movement in this region that stretches back to the days of slavery.
Albany is considered the cultural hub of southwest Georgia, hosting live theater, a ballet company, symphonic orchestra and a world-class museum of art. The Godfather of Soul, Ray Charles, was born here, with his 1960s hit “Georgia on My Mind” becoming the state song. He’s memorialized in a Front Street park, which features of life-size bronze sculpture of the musician sitting at his piano.
Albany’s charming tree-lined streets, with their grand historic buildings, host some outstanding trendy eateries, serving everything from soulful American fare to classic Southern dishes. Henry’s is just one such spot—a staple here for over three decades, serving American cuisine with a Southern twist. Even better, it hosts an outdoor patio where you can dine practically year-round, mingling with the many locals who come to enjoy mouthwatering meals and the fresh air, thanks to the mild climate.
Just 20 minutes northwest, Sasser makes an easier day trip for indulging your shopping habit and perhaps discovering some unique treasures at the Sasser Flea Market & Antique Mall. It offers 30,000 square feet of unique goods, from rare antiques to estate sale finds, vintage books, home decor to help personalize your temporary abode, and much more!
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