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Travel Nursing Destination Spotlight: Georgia

by Eric Saylor

Atlanta, GeorgiaAs is evident by its logo, Georgia is known for its peaches, but the Empire State of the South is so much more. The food is to die for, and beauty abounds in this historically rich state. See why Georgia should be the next place you choose in your travel-nursing career.

A bit of (haunted) history

Savannah has copious amounts of activities for everyone to take part in. The city is said to be haunted, so be sure to take a tour (if you dare). Along the spooky trail, a visit to a Savannah cemetery is an absolute necessity. The Bonaventure Cemetery is Savannah’s most famous and beautiful, capturing imaginations for more than 150 years. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Georgia — a visit to the Naval Museum at Port Columbus is an excellent way to honor this historic event.

While in Atlanta, the burial place of Dr. Martin Luther King is a must-see. The site commemorates the area where Dr. King was born, lived and worshipped. An hour east of Atlanta is Madison, Georgia’s “authentic Southern town.” This small-town embraces its charm with historic homes, specialty shops and antique dealers — a place where true Southern hospitality is found.

Outdoor exploration

In the southernmost region of Georgia’s majestic 100-mile coastline lie the Golden Isles. The breathtaking landscape is home to four barrier islands, where you’ll find pristine beaches, activities and family fun. Six miles south of Chattanooga, on the Georgia-Tennessee border, is Rock City. This massive rock formation features the World-Famous Lover’s Leap, which allows you to stand in one spot and see seven states.

More natural wonders can be seen with a visit to Stone Mountain Park, one of Georgia’s most popular attractions. The 3200-acre park highlights its year-round fun with fishing and laser light shows during the summer, and snow tubing during the winter.

A taste of the South

The cuisine of Georgia is essential to its culture. A staple since 1928, The Varsity in downtown Atlanta is the world’s largest drive-in, with the capacity for 600 cars and 800 people inside. Their specialty is homemade chili, onion rings and fried pies. Also in Atlanta, you’ll find Mary Mac’s Tea Room, where you can order “meat and three” (three side dishes) and sweet tea, a true staple of the South.

If you are traveling north through the Chattahoochee National Forest, be sure to eat at Bud’s Pink Pig in Cherry Log, famous for its delicious pit BBQ. If it’s desserts you crave, head over to the Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah for the made-from-scratch “Gawgia” peach cobbler and Mr. Don’s banana pudding.

Intrigued and ready to experience the South? Check out our open travel nursing jobs in Georgia.

About Eric Saylor

Eric Saylor is a recent graduate of Weber State University and a communication coordinator at CHG Healthcare Services. He enjoys hiking with his family, listening to music, doing DIY projects around the house and relaxing at the beach in California, his home away from home.

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