One of the many benefits of being a healthcare traveler is the opportunity to enjoy some of the best America has to offer, from exciting cities to national parks. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in a travel job that allows easy access to one of the nation’s top parks, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. You’ll have a fantastic opportunity for relaxing among the spectacular surrounds of Mother Nature, as well as to get active and burn off some of that stress.
These national parks offer some of the best for travelers of all types, including traveling healthcare professionals, well worth even a day trip, or even a day’s drive during your time off.
Olympic National Park, Washington
If you’re a healthcare traveler in Seattle or anywhere in the surrounding area, you won’t want to miss a visit to Olympic National Park. One of the country’s less-visited national parks, here you’ll find a wealth of opportunities for quiet contemplation and fun activities, minus the big crowds. The adventure begins with a ferry ride to the Olympic Peninsula followed by a scenic 90-minute drive to Port Angeles. From here, the park is just minutes away, with multiple entrances to choose from. You might head north on Heart O’ the Hills Road to Hurricane Ridge, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mount Olympus, the Salish Sea, the San Juan Islands and even Canada beyond. As you look around, you’re likely to catch a glimpse of marmots, deer, and even mountain goats that reside in this stunning mountain location.
Venturing to Lake Crescent, rent a kayak, canoe or other watercraft to paddle out onto the emerald-hued waters that are surrounded by waterfalls and lush forest. Along the west coast of the park, are wild, driftwood-strewn beaches, where at low tide you can peek into the tide pools thriving with marine life like hermit crabs and starfish.
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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Those who are on a travel job in the Denver Metro area or a facility in the majestic Rockies, will have easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, loaded with magnificent peaks that rise over 12,000 feet, and filled with beautiful streams, meadows, aspen groves and subalpine forest. It’s a great place for a scenic drive, particularly along Trail Ridge Road. It spans for roughly 50 miles, from the small town of Estes Park on the east, to Grand Lake at its western edge. At the peak, you’ll be able to soak up awe-inspiring vistas and view all sorts of wildlife, from bighorn sheep and marmots to moose and elk.
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Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree National Park is situated just two hours from Los Angeles, making it ideal for healthcare travelers who are on assignment throughout the Southern California region. Here you’ll find an alien-lake landscape which gives the park an other-worldly feel with its endless expanse of the bizarre Joshua Tree, each of which seems to take on a unique personality of its own. There are unique rock formations to climb and rugged mountains to hike, as well as a special, hidden, shady desert-fan-palm oasis, to discover, fed by small streams and natural springs. Stay after dark and you can take in one of the most dazzling star-lit night skies in the entire country.
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Everglades National Park, Florida
Have a travel job in the Miami area? Everglades National Park is less than 50 miles from Miami and is the biggest subtropical preserve and third largest park in the country. It houses some 1.5-million acres of swamps, sub-tropical jungle and saw-grass prairie, along with 14 rare and endangered species, like the American crocodile, West Indian manatee and the Florida panther. You can explore some of it by taking a tram tour from Shark Valley, paddling out onto the water by renting a kayak or canoe, or walking along one of the many trails.
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Acadia National Park, Maine
New England healthcare travelers should really put Maine’s Acadia National Park on their must-experience list. Over half of its 47,000+ acres are located on Mount Desert Island, with the rest on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut. With everything from awe-inspiring granite peaks and sparkling lakes to rugged ocean shoreline, it offers a wealth of recreational activities and amazing scenery. If you’re up for a challenge, hike the 1,530-foot-tall Cadillac Mountain for expansive views of the coast, Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay and beyond.
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