In January of this year, Georgia enacted the new enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact making it easier to take advantage of the many travel nursing opportunities throughout the “Peach State.” In our continuing series on the new states to have joined the eNLC, let’s look at why Georgia is a great travel destination.
Georgia’s topography contains a little bit of everything, from the Blue Ridge Mountain’s in the northern part of the state down to the coastal plains in the south. Travel opportunities include rural areas with plenty of hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities to experiencing the nightlife and culture in and around large urban areas like Atlanta and Augusta. To help you decide where to plan your next assignment in Georgia, here are five fun things to consider.
Southern History – If you have always wanted to stroll down cobblestone streets beneath majestic oak trees covered in Spanish Mosh, then Savannah is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the best of southern heritage by experiencing the magnificent antebellum mansions, a trolley ride to City Market and a day exploring the galleries, cafes, and restaurants along the Savannah River. When you are ready for a change of pace, visit the beaches on nearby Tybee Island or find a local Civil War re-enactment.
Cosmopolitan Elegance – For big city southern charm, plan an assignment near Atlanta. Get to know the city by experiencing a variety of walking tours that are available to introduce you to the food, wine, and craft breweries that are situated throughout the city. The world-famous Georgia Aquarium is a must-see visit where you can lose yourself among six galleries, 70 habitats, and thousands of incredible marine animals. If history is your thing, Atlanta won’t disappoint. From the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the exciting World of Coca-Cola, there are dozens of options to explore and learn about science, history, and nature.
Coastal Area – If your assignment draws you into the southernmost part of the state, plan to spend a significant amount of time experiencing the mysteries of Cumberland Island. This 18 miles of coastline is often called the most beautiful undeveloped beach area on the entire East Coast. The eastern coast borders the Atlantic, while the rest of the island is bounded by rivers and marshes. There is much more to Cumberland Island than the beaches. From hiking trails that immerse you into natural habitats filled with wildlife and flora to fishing and camping at one of the many National Park Service sites.
Outdoor Adventures – Is adventure your thing? Do you make time for rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and white water rafting? Northern Georgia is waiting for you. The Appalachian Mountains provide the backdrop to everything your weekend can handle. Tallulah Gorge State Park contains almost 2,700 scenic acres of lush forests and breathtaking river views. The Tallulah Gorge is over 1,000 feet deep, and two miles in length and is home to spectacular hiking trails leading to a suspension bridge swinging 80 feet above the bottom of the gorge.
Eclectic Suburbs – A northern suburb of Atlanta that may be your perfect southern travel destination is Alpharetta, Georgia. This historic town features eateries, shops, and galleries to suit every taste. If music is your passion, there is no better place to check out live music every day and night. Throughout the year, the charming downtown area features street festivals, parades, and farmers markets alongside incredible high-end dining and boutique shops. Alpharetta is also conveniently located near dozens of outdoor recreation areas for hiking, biking, fishing, and camping enthusiasts.
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