For travel nurses, work and play are both important factors when deciding on a temporary home. Based on job availability, pay, and activities, here are a few cities that will appeal to nurses who have a number of different interests.

Best City for Active Nurses: Minneapolis, MN

Due to its large population of elderly residents and shortage of nurses, Minneapolis offers travel nurses plenty of job opportunities in geriatric care with great pay. But that’s not the only attraction! It’s also a great fit for nurses who love to be outdoors. Minneapolis was named the second healthiest metropolitan area in 2015 due to its access to pedestrian trails and parks, as well as its bike-friendliness. Enjoy a run through the historic Mill Ruins Park, which offers view of the Stone Arch Bridge. Go paddle boarding at Lake Calhoun and feel the stress of the workday melt away. Or rent a bike from Nice Ride and pedal to Barbette for a well-deserved brunch.

Best City for Music Lovers: Nashville, TN

Take a walk along the downtown district, and you can see how Music City got its name. Check out the songwriters at the famous BlueBird Cafe, or walk along the Honky Tonk Highway on Broadway in Downtown Nashville. Live music is a daily occurrence at nearly every bar with Robert’s Western World at the top of the list. Due to a low cost of living, travel nurses will find it easier to explore the music and excitement of this city.

Best City for Sports Fans: Dallas, TX

Dallas is great place for nurses and young professionals alike with its great cost of living and nice weather year-round. This Texas city also offers solid pay rates for travel nurses. As the home of six major sports teams, it’s the perfect city for sports fans. The Cowboys (NFL), Mavericks (NBA), Rangers (MLB), Stars (NHL), FC Dallas (MLS), and Wings (WNBA) all call this city home. Ring in the New Year in true Texas style by attending the Cotton Bowl Parade. Train for the BMW Dallas Marathon and Half-Marathon. Check out a soccer game at La Grave Field on Panther Island near Fort Worth. From hockey to basketball, there’s no shortage of games, tailgating, or festivities for sports fans of all ages and professions.

Best City for Nurses Who Love Architecture: Chicago, IL

Frank Lloyd Wright made his mark in Chicago in the late 1800s, and architects like Louis Sullivan used the city as place to experiment with the now iconic skyscraper. Take a tour up the John Hancock building and enjoy a birds-eye view of this beautiful city. Visit the Willis Tower, a staple in the Chicago skyline. Get lost in the Art Institute and see some of the most gorgeous art in the world in person. Visit Millennium Park and take a photo with The Cloud Gate Sculpture (also known as “The Bean”). With buildings embracing everything from Art Deco to modern design, Chicago is perfect for the architect in you.

Best City for Art Lovers: Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about art. But with the third largest art market in the U.S., it’s a perfect spot to enjoy authentic, indigenous art within a landscape that looks like a painting itself. Explore Art Santa Fe, a yearly event that has been attracting local and international artists of all genres for the last 17 years. Santa Fe was even appointed to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to honor the contributions of the art scene to the entire community. With nearly 300 galleries in Santa Fe, this city is an ideal place for a nurse who loves art of all genres.

Best City for a One-Day Trip: Denver, CO

Denver is a booming city that has a rapidly aging population, driving up demand for travel nurses. Fortunately, the surrounding area offers a wide range of options for weekend trips. Spend a night in Morrison and take in a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Explore the gorgeous scenery on The Mount Evans State Byway, the tallest paved road in the U.S. Go for a trip through beer country in Fort Collins, or enjoy the mountain views of Estes Park. For a real breath of fresh air, visit Evergreen Lake. At 7,220 feet above sea level, a walk around this 1.8-mile trail may feel like a marathon, but the views are more than worth it!

Best City for History Buffs: Washington, D.C.

Along with being a top contender on the healthiest cities list, our nation’s capital offers an incredible array of historical landmarks to admire. The National Mall boasts the Lincoln Memorial, the National Monument, and the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill. Washington, D.C. was also voted the top healthiest metropolitan area in 2015, so take in the sights on a foot tour or run. Also, many of the Smithsonian museums are free, including the Museum of Natural History, and the National Air and Space Museum. The Library of Congress is the research hub of Congress and largest library in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful spaces in D.C. Spend one of your days off enjoying the rotating exhibits or catch a free show. Travel nurses can find plenty of job opportunities and gain a new appreciation for history in this one of a kind city.

Best City for Foodies: New Orleans, LA

For nurses who love to eat, New Orleans is the place to be. Some of the greatest food around—beignets, gumbo, jambalaya—were born right here in this city. Try the barbecue shrimp at Pascal’s Manale, which isn’t actually barbecue but a Worcestershire butter sauce that was sent straight from heaven. Stop into Oceana Grill for the Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes and fall in love with the crayfish and mushroom sauce. For the more adventurous eater, try the famous turtle soup at Commander’s Palace. With amazing food and plenty of job opportunities, this city is a great fit for travel nurses who are looking for a little southern flavor.

Best City for Libations: Portland, OR & Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

For nurses who love an adult beverage, Portland is a perfect spot to explore. With more than 80 breweries in the city, it’s no wonder why Portland was ranked the top beer city in America. There are several well-known breweries like Deschutes, but the hidden gems are true treasures. Cascade Brewing Barrel House offers a plethora of sour beers and lambics that are as unique as the city itself. Base Camp Brewing has a gorgeous taproom with delicious, rotating beers on tap. Beer not your thing? Visit Pour, a neighborhood wine bar known for their great happy hour and delicious, regional menu. With several top ranked hospitals in Portland, nurses can find plenty of opportunities for placement.

Pittsburgh, PA

With 12 bars per 10,000 restaurants, Pittsburgh has more bars per capita than any other city in the U.S. Hop Farm Brewing is a sustainable brewery that sources its own hops straight from its rooftop gardens. Local favorite Grist House Brewing is family-owned and operated, and their taproom is an event in itself. Enjoy a Gristly Bear brown ale and a meal from one of the revolving local food trucks out front. Craving something with a little more edge? Visit Wigle Whiskey, a family-operated distillery specializing in local ingredients and rye named after Whiskey Rebellion influencer Phillip Wigle. After all, the Whiskey Rebellion did begin in Pittsburgh. It’s no wonder why residents take their libations seriously! Pittsburgh has a high demand for travel nurses due to the recent changes in electronic medical records policy, and hospitals need travel nurse to help train staff members on the new software.

Best City for Nightlife: Miami, FL

For a great nightlife scene, Miami is the place to be. Check out the view from restaurant Area 31, perched on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel. Enjoy a $5 drink at 5:00 p.m. during their famous “chase the clock” Friday happy hour. If you’re looking for a more retro vibe, Rec Room in South Beach may be your type of place. The music spans genres, all in a kitschy atmosphere. If you forgot to pack your dancing shoes, grab a mojito at South Beach staple Ball & Chain. With a 1930s vibe, this spot is dripping with splendor and Cuban flavors of Miami. With Florida offering a number of seasonal nursing opportunities during the winter months, Miami may be your new nightlife paradise. Contact us to find out about placement as soon as January 1.

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