Whether you’re battling the springtime sniffles or frolicking in the flower fields, spring is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular seasons. As a traveling allied health professional, you have the opportunity to choose where you want to visit when you’re looking for your next assignment. Springtime is the perfect season to discover the amazing variety of activities that cities in America have to offer. The weather is perfect, flowers are in full bloom, and local outdoor attractions and activities are in full swing! From unforgettable whale watching experiences to picturesque floral fields, here are the top five cities to visit during your next spring travel assignment!
1. Washington, D.C.
Do you dream of snapping that Insta-worthy pic in front of lush Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom? Believe it or not, you won’t need to take a spontaneous trip to Japan, instead, you can head over to Washington D.C. during the springtime! The capital state holds a National Cherry Blossom Festival where visitors gaze at over 3,700 trees in full bloom around the first week of spring. Trust us, you’ll be snapping tons of pictures, so don’t forget a camera while you’re there! Because DC is abundant with free historical museums and parks, the best way to get around is by bicycle. Luckily the state offers an affordable bicycle-borrow program called Capital Bikeshare for locals and tourists to travel the D.C. area while enjoying the beautiful spring weather! While you’re exploring D.C. on your bike, don’t forget to head over to the National Cathedral Flower Mart to ride on an antique carousel, tour the cathedral towers, and pick out your favorite flora to remember your visit.
2. Portland, OR
Like most healthcare professionals, you need a little TLC sometimes (okay… more like ALL the time). Luckily for you, Portland Oregon has the perfect solution. This Rose City is home to the Portland Japanese Gardens, a lush, serene, urban oasis providing visitors with an authentic representation of Japanese gardens. Be sure to head over to the garden between shifts to recharge your body and mind. After your relaxing day in the Portland Japanese Gardens, don’t forget to try one of Portland’s craft breweries. Before you end your assignment in Portland, be sure to take a walk in Tom McCall Waterfront Park which borders the spectacular Willamette River. If you’re visiting the park on a Saturday or Sunday, the park is transformed into a market where local vendors sell art/crafts, food, flowers, and more! So, don’t forget your reusable shopping bag!
3. Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Arizona has no shortage of impressive views. From the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to the vibrant Monument Valley, there is something to see for every travel therapist on an assignment. Also, if you enjoy warmer weather, Arizona offers the ideal temperatures in the springtime, hovering around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit! When it comes to the best places to visit, there are endless Arizona staples you won’t want to miss! Spring is the perfect time to visit Grand Canyon National Park as crowds are thin and daytime temperatures are cool. Speaking of cool, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Phoenix. Not only is it home to over 3,000 animals, but the Zoo also operates as a non-profit so you’re supporting a good cause by visiting! Before you leave the Copper State, don’t forget to grab a bite during Arizona Restaurant Week where local restaurants showcase local cuisine to visitors! Yum!
4. San Diego, CA
Ever dreamed about watching whales on the West Coast, frolicking in flower fields, or walking through a greenhouse of over 1,000 butterflies? Make your dream become reality! San Diego California in the springtime offers some of the most spectacular activities and breathtaking scenes perfect for a traveling allied health professional. Spring is the heart of whale watching season, so if you’re dying to see the largest animal on the planet up close, spring is your best bet. If you’re not ready to get your sea legs just yet, head over to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. There you’ll be stunned by vibrant, picturesque flower fields. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures while you’re there, you won’t want to forget it! For the animal lover, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers a Butterfly Jungle Safari. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows guests to surround themselves with over 1,000 butterflies in a private greenhouse. San Diego is perfect for the animal-loving allied health professional looking for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities while on assignment.
5. Orlando, FL
Orlando Florida has no shortage of thrilling activities. That’s why at AlliedTravelCareers.com, we think Orlando is perfect for the adventure-seeking allied health professional. Don’t let Florida’s heat scare you, thankfully the state is jam-packed with waterparks to keep you cool on those sweltering spring days. Some of our favorites include Universal’s Volcano Bay, Aquatica Orlando, and the Orlando Watersports Complex. After your exhilarating day at the waterpark, relax at the Lakeridge Winery Wine and Seafood Festival where you’ll be able to chow down on some decadent seafood, drink aged wine, and listen to live music. If you’re a theme park lover, Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has a perfect assortment of seasonal springtime foods, floral arrangements, and lively entertainment.
Wherever you choose to travel to for your next travel therapy assignment, AlliedTravelCareers.com is here to help! If you are interested in learning more about the wide range of opportunities for travel therapists, head over to our travel therapy jobs page to begin your job search! Don’t delay, apply today!