Taking a travel nurse assignment during the winter season opens up a world of unique opportunities and experiences all over the country. Whether you’re drawn to the historical charm of the nation’s capital, the pristine wilderness of the Northwest, or the snowy wonders of the Midwest, each city has something unique to offer you in your 13-week assignment. Check out these six exceptional places, where the chill in the air is matched only by the warmth of the experiences waiting to be discovered.
DC in the winter turns into a wonderland without the summer crowds. Explore the rich history and monuments without the summer crowds. The winter season provides a quieter, more intimate experience, and you can enjoy holiday decorations, visit museums, and skate outdoors at multiple rinks, such as the popular Rockville Town Square rink, the cutest rink that even offers lessons.
Experience the beauty of Idaho’s winter landscapes. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or simply enjoying a serene snowy environment, Idaho offers outdoor lovers activities of all kinds. For extra wintery brightness, check out the Idaho Botanical Garden. The garden is beautiful year-round, but during winter over 550,000 lights are hung up at the park.
If you’re in Illinois this winter, you must attend the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, a spectacular event that marks the beginning of the holiday season. The Magnificent Mile, one of Chicago’s premier shopping districts, is adorned with dazzling holiday lights, and the festival includes a festive parade along Michigan Avenue.
Embrace the charm of small-town winter festivals no matter what city you’re in. And if you love winter sports, Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City offers opportunities for winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on their scenic trails. In Des Moines, enjoy ice skating in the heart of downtown at The Brenton Skating Plaza, perfect for feeling like you’ve walked onto the set of a Hallmark movie.
From ice fishing to snowmobiling, Michigan offers a variety of outdoor adventures, coupled with the beauty of snow-covered landscapes. If you’re heading to Des Moines, you’ll want to check out the Christkindl Markt at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, a European-style Christmas Village lined with artisan gift and food vendors, live holiday entertainment and festive family fun.
Minnesota is just one of those places you have to go to during your travel career. Pro sports events, winter sports and activities, concerts and museums, everything a trendy city has to offer. Between catching an NFL game at the new US Bank Stadium, a Christmas orchestra concert at the Xcel Energy Center, or just spending a day riding roller coasters at the Mall of America, there is zero chance you’ll be bored during your 13-week assignment.