7 Can’t-miss Activities for Locum Tenens in California

The Gold Rush of 1849 may have inspired the name, but there are still numerous reasons why California is known as The Golden State. From jaw-dropping sunsets over the cliffs of Big Sur to the towering cacti of the desert, the state is home to spectacular natural beauty, unlimited outdoor activities, world-renowned cities, diverse dining choices, unique architecture and a deep history. 

California also has a rich supply of locum tenens job opportunities for physicians and advanced practitioners, in varied practice settings and specialty areas. Assignments can be found in world-class facilities and health systems, from San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County in the south, to Modesto and Fresno in the Central Valley, to the San Francisco Bay Area, on up to Eureka in the north.
 Some of the most-in-demand locum jobs in California include: 

  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics, especially laborists
  • Anesthesiology
  • Advanced Practitioners 

    While our
    Staff Care  team helps you secure the right locum tenens job in California, you can start creating your bucket list of adventures. Whether you’re seeking the best scenic drives or are on a quest to explore every national park in the state, we invite you to discover our list of the top things to see and do during your California locum assignment.  

    The Top 7 things locums should do in California

    1. Drive the Historic 101 / Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
    Hands-down one of the most famous scenic drives in the United States, a road trip down the 101 is something every clinician should experience as a locum tenens in California. You can join at any point along the 790-mile route, which starts at the Oregon border, driving south through San Francisco and Monterey’s Point Dume, down through Santa Barbara and perhaps stopping in Venice and Long Beach—or start driving north from San Diego. No matter where you start or stop, the Pacific Coast Highway is one for your locums bucket list.  

    Just take your time—you’ll want to make frequent stops to enjoy the views and all the amenities these seaside towns have to offer. Many locum jobs in California can be found in cities along this incredible route.

    2. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge
    There’s nothing more iconic than the silhouette of the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Whether you drive across it or prefer to take in the views from the safety of the shoreline, this architectural feat is a must-see.

    One of the most impressive views is at Vista Point, located on the north side of the bridge. The viewpoint is accessible by both car and on foot (via a short hillside hike) and visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the bridge and San Francisco Bay.

    3. Experience the theme parks
    After months of closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s theme parks are open and ready to entertain. From animal encounters at Sea World, to the nostalgia of Disneyland and its newer neighbor, Disney’s California Adventure, to Legoland and the movie-centric experiences at Universal Studios, California boasts a variety of theme parks where locums and their families can take a much-needed break. You can also experience the big roller coasters and other attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and other parks.

    If you’re in it for these thrills, consider a locum tenens assignment in the areas of Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. In addition to theme parks, these cities are home to numerous aquariums, water parks, sports venues, golf courses and museums. You’ll find there’s no shortage of fun to be had on your days off.

    4. Enjoy the beaches of Southern California
    The beaches of La Jolla in San Diego, the amazing surf breaks in Dana Point and the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier—these are just a few of the reasons that the region of Southern California, affectionately known as “So Cal,” is a paradise for beach enthusiasts. If you’ve never taken a paddle boarding lesson or tried to surf, there’s never been a better time. Or for the lounge lizards, pack a lunch, your favorite book and get ready to chill out at your favorite seaside escape.

    Fortunately you can find plenty of assignments in Long Beach, Oxnard, San Diego, LA, and other Southern California beachside locales.

    5. Explore the state’s national parks
    California is home to nine national parks--more than any other state:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

  • Many of these parks are located within driving distance of cities where you can find work as a locum tenens in California, so you can easily fit in a visit to one or more during an assignment. You can also find dozens of national monuments, state parks and historic sites to explore.

    6. Ski and surf in the same day
    California is one of the few places in the world where you can start your day skiing down the slopes of Big Bear (usually November to April) and then end the day with a sunset surf session in Manhattan Beach. If you are feeling even more adventurous, you might squeeze in a bike ride to truly hit the trifecta of California fun!

    7. Spend a weekend away at Lake Tahoe
    Known as one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world, Lake Tahoe is a must-see destination during your next locum job in California. With miles of hiking trails, gorgeous viewpoints (including a 72-mile route circling the lake), plus welcoming resorts, nearby casinos and a charming town with plenty of shopping and dining nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe is an excellent choice for busy clinicians who are looking to rest and recharge. Look for locum jobs within driving distance of this beautiful destination, or reserve a few days off to drive here from further away. 

    Ready to experience California for yourself?

    Staff Care
    has numerous locum tenens jobs throughout the state, and can assist with medical licensing, housing, travel expenses and more.


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