7 Top States for Locum Tenens Travel in Fall 2019

Fall is a popular season to travel and experience new regions of the country. With summer gone, the crowds dwindle, the air cools down and nature stages a colorful extravaganza. Cities, towns and villages all across the country celebrate the change of seasons with festivals and events.

If you are looking for a new destination to experience through the fall or winter, the recruiters at Staff Care report that the following states have a wealth of locum tenens assignments. Find your favorite, talk to a recruiting consultant and get packing for an autumn adventure!

The best states for locum tenens travel this fall:

1. California 
Whether you prefer the scenic wonderland along the Pacific Coast Highway, lush farmlands and wineries, or the Sierra Nevada mountain range, there is plenty to see and do in this large and diverse state. 

U.S. News recently ranked San Francisco among its top three cities for fall vacations. Nearby are the majestic redwoods, plus Napa and Sonoma valleys for some wine tasting and special events.

Since the summer beach crowds are gone, visitors to Southern California can fully enjoy the warm weather and unlimited recreation. L.A. is always hopping, of course, and the more laid-back San Diego is a coveted getaway spot, but there are plenty of communities up and down the state that are worthy of a short-term relocation.

The best news? Practice opportunities are plentiful here, as California consistently offers the most locum tenens assignments among all U.S. states.

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2. Wisconsin 
Ranked as the second best state to practice medicine by WalletHub, Wisconsin offers gorgeous landscapes and numerous attractions that can keep you and your loved ones entertained throughout the fall and winter.

You can experience an outdoorsman’s paradise, lively cities or quaint towns. From awe-inspiring Door County and Green Bay’s beloved Lambeau Field to family-friendly events in Milwaukee and the artsy college town of Eau Claire, this four-season paradise has plenty to offer for short- or long-term residents.

There are more than 15,000 lakes throughout the state, plus 1,000+ miles of Great Lakes shoreline, unique farmer’s markets, breweries, wineries and much more. As part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), physicians who already hold a multistate license can also enjoy expedited locum job placements in Wisconsin.

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3. New York 
The Empire State has a huge array of destinations that draw autumn travelers, so regardless of your locum travel assignment, you’re sure to be close by.

While New York City tops the list of state attractions, there are a multitude of things to see and do outside of the five boroughs, as well. Upstate New York, including the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, offers a completely different visitor experience. And for locums wanting the full-on fall experience, locals recommend the Hudson River Valley, for its colorful foliage and fun seasonal events.

Home to more than 200 hospitals, including many top-ranked facilities and health systems, New York offers a wealth of short-term opportunities for physicians and advanced practitioners.

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4. Texas 
Everything’s bigger in Texas, so they say—except the cost of living. In fact, Texas came in as the third best state to make a living in according to MoneyRates.com’s 2019 list. With no state income tax, a higher-than-average income and a cost-of-living index that hovers right around the national average, visitors and residents can enjoy a very comfortable living in The Lone Star State. Texas also boasts world-class medical facilities and a wealth of health care jobs in a variety of settings.

Locum practitioners in Texas can find plenty to keep them busy outside of work, from the big city attractions in Dallas/Ft. Worth, to the music scene in Austin, to the historic charm of San Antonio, to small town rodeos and incredible BBQ throughout the state.

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5. Florida 
The Sunshine State has its own version of autumn, with color displays that last long after the Northeast’s trees have dropped their leaves; look to Central and North Florida for fall foliage. The weather also starts to cool down in the fall, allowing travelers to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. The state’s beaches and theme parts are also less crowded this time of year. 

Looking for something unique? The Miami area is always a fun destination, but visitors can enjoy one-of-a-kind seasonal events up and down the state, from the Jaxtoberfest in Jacksonville, to the Fantasy Fest in Key West.  

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6. Pennsylvania 
Historic Philadelphia--complete with Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and notable haunts of Ben Franklin and other founding fathers—should just be one stop on your tour of the beautiful Keystone State. Civil war buffs will also want to stop in Gettysburg, and the whole family will enjoy Hershey for both its edible and scenic treats. 

Locums who practice here can experience a variety of lifestyles and terrain, from the shipping ports in the Great Lakes region to the covered bridges in the Alleghany Mountains, to Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Poconos and Steel City (Pittsburgh). 

Penn Medicine headlines a list of top-ranked health systems, offering many practice opportunities for physicians and advanced practitioners. 

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7. Illinois 
The Land of Lincoln is the fifth most populous state in the country, but there is still plenty of countryside to explore. In fact, fall travel assignments in Illinois are likely to put you in the sweet spot for “leaf chasing” with an array of spectacular colors. The state is also popular in the autumn for its apple orchards, corn mazes and quirky seasonal events. 

Whether you prefer the metropolitan haven of Chicago, the state’s hub of activity in Springfield, or the small town charm of Mt. Vernon, a variety of lifestyle and practice options abound. Illinois is also part of the physician compact, which means physicians with an IMLC multistate license can streamline licensing for locum assignments. 

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Related: 
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