By Sarah Wengert
Autumn is a magical time when the leaves change color and many travel nurses decide to turn over a new leaf by taking a new travel healthcare assignment. For some, that means heading south for warmer climates, and for others it means choosing a location where they can eventually trade their cute fall boots for trusty snow boots. Whatever vibe your autumn heart desires, we suggest checking out these 11 fabulous fall locations for travel nursing!
The Grand Canyon State contains multitudes! Sure, it’s typically warmer climate is a draw for sunbirds, but Arizona also offers those classic, cool desert nights and even has several wonderful ski resorts. From mountain towns like Flagstaff and its iconic ponderosa pine trees, to the Sonoran Desert’s iconic cacti, Arizona is a perfect fall travel nursing spot for many travelers. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Arizona now.
Virginia is for lovers — of adventure, nature, history, sightseeing, entertainment, wine, and so much more! From its quaint towns to exciting cities, this state has beautiful fall foliage and some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities to boot. With Colonial Williamsburg, Arlington National Cemetery, Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Monticello, and of course, next door Washington D.C. this state is a history buff’s dream come true. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Virginia now.
Fall is the perfect time for flannel — and you know Washington state’s got that on lock! The Evergreen State is an ideal place for fall hikes, sipping Starbucks (in its native state!), apple picking, pumpkin patches, fall drives, and more. Temps near the coast tend to stay relatively mild here through fall and winter — a bonus for those who want to experience the seasons, but not too much cold weather. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Washington now.
This New England state is known for fun fall colors and plenty to do in both rural and urban areas. The Cape Ann region offers colorful cranberry bogs, the Berkshires explode with kaleidoscopic colors, and fall’s the perfect time to visit spooky Salem! Boston also comes through big time with its amazing cuisine, many historical sites, iconic architecture and harbor, and so much more. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Massachusetts now.
This one’s for the beach lovers and the sun chasers. What better place to ignore the colder fall and winter weather than The Sunshine State?! In addition to Florida’s many attractions, unique history, natural beauty, outdoor activities, beautiful beaches, and warm climate, Florida has many incredible facilities and demand for travelers is dependably high here. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Florida now.
6. North Dakota
North Dakota is a hidden gem discovered by only the savviest travelers! The Peace Garden State offers natural beauty, outdoor activities, and unique heritage to explore, as well as the chance to experience a true Upper Midwest fall. North Dakota has proud Native American and Scandinavian histories, plus the stunning Theodore Roosevelt National Park (part of the northern Badlands), the exciting Maah Daah Hey Trail, the colorful International Peace Garden (along the U.S.-Canada border), and the wonderfully surreal Enchanted Highway. Plus, compensation and cost of living tend to treat travelers very well here! Don’t sleep on this great state — search open travel healthcare jobs in North Dakota now.
California is simply a must-do for every travel nurse and travel allied health professional! The Golden State offers a bit of everything for everyone — from amazing mountains, skiing, and wine country in the north, to beautiful beaches, deserts, and world-class cities in the south. And bonus — California grows much of the nation’s food, so cuisine is incredible from north to south. Whether you want a hidden gem location in Cali, or prefer a more well-known spot like San Francisco, California is truly a traveler rite of passage in any season! Search open travel healthcare jobs in California now.
Fall travel healthcare jobs in Georgia are sweeter than a peach! “Hotlanta” is known for keeping temps mild, if you’d like to avoid the cooler side of fall and winter. Not to mention the city’s many incredible attractions, sports, entertainment, museums, and so much more to do and see. You can also explore spooky Savannah and quirky Athens, while devouring delicious Southern food, and basking in Southern charm and Southern hospitality. Georgia should definitely be on your mind this fall, travelers! Search open travel healthcare jobs in Georgia now.
The Hoosier State is another unexpected gem for travelers to consider this fall. In addition to its iconic Indy 500, Indiana has impressive healthcare facilities and an abundance of exciting opportunities for travelers. It’s a wonderful place to earn great wages, build your resume, and explore the natural beauty in spots like Indiana Dunes National Park. Experience a true Midwestern fall and explore fun cities like Bloomington, Indianapolis, and South Bend. Speaking of South Bend, there will plenty of fall football for sports lovers! Learn more about travel nursing in Indiana or search open travel healthcare jobs in Indiana now.
The Bluegrass State boasts beautiful fall colors and along quaint, backwoods roadways and charming, tree-lined streets alike. And, while Kentucky’s famous trio is also quite great, the state is so much more than the Derby, the Sluggers, and the bourbon! This beautiful state has unique history, food, music, sports, attractions, and incredible nature. Adventurers will love exploring Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Gap and Cumberland Falls, Mammoth Cave National Park, Lost River Cave, and so much more. Search open travel healthcare jobs in Kentucky now.
11. New York
Central Park in fall is famously iconic — as is Upstate New York — so you really can’t go wrong in The Empire State! In addition to all the classic fall hikes and drives, orchards, and more to do outdoors, Broadway is finally back this fall. Whether it’s theater, museums, shopping, dining, or sports, New York has you covered when it comes to world-class culture. New York’s a traveler fave in any season but fall here has an extra special magic! Search open travel healthcare jobs in New York now.
If you’re still spinning your compass and want to explore more states this season, search all available travel nurse and travel allied health jobs now. Wherever you land, we wish you a very happy fall