State Spotlights January 31, 2023

By Sam MacKay

10 Can’t Miss Winter Destinations for Locum Tenens Physicians

The beauty of the United States can be found in the wide variety of unique experiences to discover from coast to coast. As we enter the heart of winter, are you looking for a snowy wonderland or searching for never-ending summer? Whichever your preference, we have compiled ten states currently offering incredible job opportunities for locums physicians this year.

Winter Locum Tenens Jobs: Seeking Snow or Chasing Sunshine?

1. Illinois

Illinois might not be renowned as a winter wonderland but for locums physicians, there is so much to discover about the Prairie State this year. The state’s cultural mainstay, Chicago, offers enough experiences to keep the most ardent explorer busy—providing some of the world’s best food, arts, history, sporting events, and nightlife to soak in. Winter sports enthusiasts fear not! Illinois has snow to sled, ski, shoe, and sightsee, each highlighted in Andalusia’s Snowstar Winter Park—a perfect getaway for the whole family.

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2. Ohio

Ohio doesn’t get its due for being an exciting state to explore. Don’t let the lack of accolades fool you—in Ohio, you can discover the legends of American history and enjoy endless thrilling experiences. If you’re on assignment there as a locums physician this winter, you’ll be exploring its bustling cities, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus—rippling with historic attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Crystal Cave and Winery and so much more.

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3. Wisconsin

A Midwest stalwart, Wisconsin packs every winter experience under the sun for physicians to try out—snow tube at Cascade Mountain, watch the thrilling Merrill Sled Dog Race in February, snowshoe through Nine Mile Forest, ice fish on Lake Winnebago, or explore the ice caves of Apostle Island—when it snows, Wisconsin offers a world of opportunity. When you’re tired and ready for the amenities of city life, you can tour the breweries, shopping, and eateries of the state’s most populous city, Milwaukee.

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4. Washington

Boasting some of the country’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, Washington can become an idyllic winter hideout for outdoor enthusiasts and explorers. From its mighty and rugged coastline to its towering, snowy mountains, the Evergreen State offers access to hiking, snow sports, and sightseeing that must be experienced to be believed. For urbanites, the state’s capital, Seattle, brings an eclectic city experience to visitors—including a robust arts and music culture nestled on the Puget Sound.

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5. Oregon

This Pacific Northwest state offers a similar winter experience to its northern neighbor, its mountains highlighting the plethora of outdoor activities, including skiing at Mount Hood Meadows, Mount Bachelor, Timberline Lodge, and Mount Hood Ski Bowl. There's also plenty of hiking in Oregon's national parks and forests—offering physicians access to alpine lakes, scenic drives, and volcanos. From its cultural hub in Portland to Coos Bay to Grants Pass in the south, to the wide open spaces of eastern Oregon, each city and region holds its own unique charms.

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6. California

Being so vast, California unites the best of both worlds when seeking your next locums assignment. The southern part of the state offers access to premium summer coastline, speckled with surfside metropolises like San Diego and Los Angeles, bursting with warm-weather attractions to experience. Further upstate, past San Francisco and beyond, you’ll taste the more seasonal effects of winter—the colder temperatures, snowy mountains, and natural wonders in Northern California helping you feel right at home.

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7. Florida

It’s all in the name with the Sunshine State—Florida is the perfect getaway for physicians hoping to avoid the snow and bask in perpetual warmth this winter. With a picturesque coastline spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, pristine golf courses, and ample warm-weather activities for the whole family, Florida brings a summer vacation attitude all year round.

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8. Missouri

Missouri is covered by beautiful grassy plains and the forested Ozark Mountains, offering incredible outdoor exploration for locum physicians this winter. Looking to spend time in the state’s ever-growing cities? Kansas City boasts jazz clubs and the National World War I Museum while St. Louis has plenty of places to shop, eat, dance, and be mesmerized, such as the iconic 630-ft. Gateway Arch.

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9. North Carolina

North Carolina offers a thriving business climate, scenic landscapes, and vibrant cities across the state. From breathtaking mountain views to stunning coastlines, North Carolina has ample state parks, national parks, and national forests, offering infinite outdoor adventures this winter. Visitors can experience snow in the mountains, with excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities. With great weather, welcoming neighborhoods, and an affordable cost of living, North Carolina is an incredible destination for locums physicians this year.

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10. Texas

Though the state’s vastness lends a variety of different climates between its borders, Texas tends to host fairly moderate winters, with warm temperatures for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golf. Of course, Texas is also famous for otherworldly barbecue, music, and diverse landscapes, yet each city—including the likes of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio—has its own unique attractions.

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