By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Jun 28, 2021
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.
Obstetrics, especially laborists
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
California is home to nine
national parks--more than any other state:
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
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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