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Travel Nursing Destination Spotlight: Idaho

by Eric Saylor

IdahoAdventure awaits in Idaho, and it does not involve harvesting potatoes. From ghost and mining towns to historical sites, Idaho is sure to create eye-opening experiences. See why this state should be your next travel-nursing destination.

70 percent public lands

Outdoor recreation abounds in the Gem State. Bear Lake State Park, with four miles of sandy beaches, is a great spot for camping. The lake itself offers a wide variety of water sports like boating, swimming and fishing. Mesa Falls, located in Ashton, is a perfect setting for photographs. The mighty waterfalls on the Snake River are accessible via viewing platforms to help you get that perfect shot. During the winter, the road to the falls is an excellent spot for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Along the Boise River, in the capital city, is the Boise River Greenbelt. The 25-mile bike path is great for riding, or walking, to view wildlife between the city’s parks. Off the beaten path is the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in southern Idaho. The park is open year-round and features a volcanic debris field that covers more than 700,000 acres.

Big-city life, small-city charm

One of the best parts about Idaho is its fun, family-friendly cities. For example, Idaho Falls has a retro candy shop called Candy Junction where you can find all the sweet treasures from childhood. The city is also home to the Collector’s Corner Museum, an experience for all ages that features unique antique collections. The fun continues four hours west in the city of Boise, where a hot air balloon ride allows you to see the valley from a different perspective.

If heights aren’t your thing, Idaho’s capital is a great place to learn about the history of the state. Founded in 1907, the Idaho State Historical Museum exhibits more than 250,000 objects to help tell the story. A suburb of Boise and Idaho’s second-largest city, Nampa has plenty of places to hang out downtown and shop or have dinner before an event. The city is also pet-friendly, with a six acre off-leash dog park. Woof-woof!

Hit the slopes

If there’s one thing Idaho is known for, it’s snow. The state has 18 ski resorts, so no matter where you’re at, one is bound to be close. Sun Valley is Idaho’s most recognized resort — with more than 2,000 skiable acres, it’s easy to find a slope for any skill level. Known as the “best little ski hill in Idaho,” Bald Mountain is an excellent place for beginner and intermediate level ski/snowboarders. Silver Mountain, near Coeur D’Alene, offers year-round fun, but is at its best when the snow begins to fall. The resort offers snowboarding, skiing and lift-served snow tubing. With more than 300 inches of snowfall each year, it’s impossible to go wrong!

To join in the summer fun, or experience a winter wonderland, check out our open travel nursing jobs in Idaho.

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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