Amazing Destinations for Outdoor Adventure Loving Healthcare Travelers
One of the many perks of being a healthcare traveler is the exciting destinations you get to experience. If you’re an outdoor adventure lover, be sure to put these on your list of places to explore.
Whether you work as a travel therapist or on another type of travel job in the city of Denver, or a town high up in the Rockies, you’ll have easy access to outdoor adventures galore. There’s the state’s famous world-class skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports during the chillier months of the year, which are often enjoyed under bright blue skies, with the dry climate and the high elevation making it feel warmer than what that temperature reads. And, from about mid-spring to mid-fall, you can take part in whitewater rafting, hike the miles and miles of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park and countless other scenic areas while watching for wildlife like elk, moose and mountain goats, mountain biking, fly fishing and more.
Portland is famous for its outdoor-loving travel therapists and allied travelers who like to bike to work and enjoy hiking right in the city. Choose a travel job here and you’ll have access to Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the nation located in a city, and is made up of over 5,000 acres of dense trees, streams and waterfalls. It also boasts more than 40 miles of biking and hiking trails. Just an hour and a half’s drive will bring you to the Oregon coast for more scenic hikes and bike rides as well as the opportunity to surf, windsurf or kitesurf.
San Francisco, California
One of the world’s most beautiful cities makes it easy to stay fit and have fun with a myriad of opportunities for recreational activities. Not only will walking those hills get those muscles working while you soak up the magnificent scenery, but you can look forward to peaceful strolls in Golden Gate Park, kayaking out on the bay and even biking across the Golden Gate Bridge over to the beautiful town of Sausalito. Just minutes north of the city is a gorgeous ancient grove of old growth Coastal Redwoods and a number of trails the wind through the famous Sequoias. Of course, there are plenty of beaches nearby too, for flying a kite, enjoying walks along the crashing waves of the Pacific and watching for whales.
Just about anywhere you base yourself in Vermont you’ll be minutes from beautiful mountains and tranquil country scenes that are ideal for hiking and biking. In the winter, Jay Peak is known for getting the most snow in the Northeast, with outstanding powder for skiing and a host of other activities. Here you can snowshoe, ice skate, play hockey, ice fish and more.
The East Coast Portland has lots to offer the healthcare traveler too. Not only is it fast becoming one of the country’s top foodie cities, but it’s an ideal place to base yourself to enjoy the coast and the mountains. There are multiple hikes within an hour of the city that will bring you to breathtaking views. The Lakes and Mountains Region included, it hosts 10 of the state’s highest peaks and countless sparkling lakes. It’s also home to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, and boasts not only great hiking, but biking, swimming and every type of paddling you can think of. Enjoy walks along the soft sandy beaches along the coast, getting out on the water in a kayak and exploring picturesque lighthouses as well.
From the city of Phoenix to Flagstaff, Tucson and beyond, Arizona is a great place for a travel job if you want to soak up lots of sunshine in the Great Outdoors, particularly outside of the summer months when temperatures are more comfortable. You’ll be within a fairly easy drive of one of the country’s most popular national parks, the Grand Canyon, a fantastic place for hiking – or taking one of those famous mule rides down to the bottom.
No matter where you are on a travel assignment in Florida, you’ll never be very far from a beautiful beach – and, if you head to southern Florida, Miami or the Keys, you can even enjoy snorkeling that rivals that of what you’d find in the Caribbean. John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo is just one example. Of course, there’s access to a wealth of other activities out on the water, from sailing and paddleboarding to kayaking through mangroves, and on land, you’ll find a host of scenic nature trails for hiking and biking too.