Top 10 Locum Tenens Destinations for Summer 2021

Have a favorite summer travel spot, or a list of places you have been wanting to visit? There is no time like the present to go, especially if a recruiter can help you find an assignment that will pay you to travel to a top locum tenens destination. 

Summer locum tenens jobs are still available, in a wide variety of locations and work settings. To help you decide where to apply, the team at Staff Care has selected a number of cities that have ample locum jobs and a good variety of amenities you can enjoy. Already booked up for summer? These destinations are also worth considering for fall locum tenens assignments.

10 top summer travel spots for locum providers

Seattle, Washington 

The Pacific Northwest is calling visitors back, to come and enjoy the dynamic city of Seattle and its beautiful surroundings. Summer locum tenens jobs in Seattle or nearby Tacoma allow you to enjoy the city’s perks, including nonstop coffee options, the famous Pike Place Market, as well as the Seattle Aquarium, the Museum of Pop Culture, Mariners baseball games, amazing restaurants and much more. 

On your days off, catch a ferry to one of the picturesque islands in Puget Sound, or strike out on your own and explore the natural wonders along the Pacific Coast or in the mountains, lakes, forests and rivers. From shopping to salmon fishing, the choices are endless. 

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San Francisco, California 

With sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and that famous bridge, world-class seafood (and sourdough), a multi-faceted art scene, eclectic neighborhoods, and a one-of-a-kind vibe, San Francisco is a virtual playground for people of all ages.

Whether you are working a summer locum job in San Francisco, Oakland or another Bay Area town, you can play like a tourist while you’re here. Visit Alcatraz prison, shop and eat your way through Pier 39 and Ghiradelli Square, inch your way down crooked Lombard Street and ride a cable car. But you’ll also want to plan plenty of day trips, from the seaside town of Sausalito to an extensive tour of the wineries in nearby Napa Valley. A few weeks simply won’t be long enough to do everything on your list, so prioritize and book ahead. 

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Bismarck, North Dakota 

Want to enjoy a quieter pace of life this summer? Staff Care has several opportunities in this idyllic setting. 

While working locum tenens in Bismarck, you can follow the trail of Lewis and Clark, go kayaking or take a riverboat cruise along the beautiful Missouri River, visit the Dakota Zoo, play golf, explore scenic bike trails, go horseback riding, and discover some great breweries and bistros in the revitalized downtown area. There is also an amusement park, science center and plenty of family-friendly activities if you choose to bring the kids. 

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Phoenix, Arizona

If you like it hot, this desert paradise has plenty of opportunity for locum tenens jobs and a surprising array of amenities. One of the best ways to enjoy summer in Phoenix is in the water, whether you’re spending your days off at Saguaro Lake or one of the area’s massive water parks, or simply lazing around the pool at your temporary housing. The Phoenix Zoo is also open early (with cooling misters) if you want to beat the heat.

Indoor attractions include the 200,000-square-foot OdySea Aquarium, as well as numerous museums, restaurants, malls and more. For a change of scenery, take a day trip to Kartchner Caverns State Park, scenic Sedona or the mountain town of Flagstaff. Have a few days between shifts? Journey to the Grand Canyon (3.5 hours away) for a must-see experience. 

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Houston, Texas

In the heart of Texas, Houston stands out as a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, shopping and nightlife. On your days off, you can take a stroll through the historic Houston Heights, spend the day exploring the Museum District or visit Space Center Houston. You’ll also have dozens of award-winning restaurants to choose from, including trendy eateries and bars along Washington Avenue. 

This summer, you can also catch a Houston Astros baseball game or try the free outdoor concerts in Hermann Park. Cultural offerings range from the Museum of Fine Arts and live theater to a hands-on workshop covering the art of making cowboy boots. In America’s fourth largest city, there is always plenty to do. 

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Chicago, Illinois 

Could Chicago be your kind of town for summer travel? Voted the “Best Big City in the U.S.” for four years in a row (Condé Nast Traveler reader poll), Chicago is acclaimed for its dining options, world-class art and museums, inspiring architecture, beautiful green spaces, and 77 diverse neighborhoods. This summer and fall, you can also catch a Cubs game at famous Wrigley Field.

Situated on beautiful Lake Michigan, the city also provides a wide variety of recreational activities, outdoor events and scenic spots to simply relax and enjoy. While some festivals and events have been scaled back or rescheduled due to COVID-19, locum tenens working in the Windy City will still find plenty of ways to enjoy their days off. 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

The City of Brotherly Love is welcoming summer travelers and locum providers with a number of festivals and activities, from legendary flower shows and art shows to outdoor concerts and holiday celebrations. Of course, Philadelphia’s famous historic district features many can’t-miss sites, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but there is so much more to see and do.

Visit the museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, shop your way through the Reading Terminal Market, or wind down after a long shift at a trendy waterfront restaurant along the Delaware River. Most attractions are now open, but may have mask requirements or capacity limits, so be sure to plan ahead. 

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New York, New York 

What can we say about the Big Apple? If you haven’t been, you’ve got to go. And if you have been, it is time to go back. The five boroughs that make up New York City have a lot of offer for your summer travel plans. When you’re not working as a locum provider at one of the city’s prestigious medical facilities, you can spend your days off exploring numerous attractions. Some may still be operating with limited capacity, so see what’s open and plan accordingly. 

Whether it’s the Bronx Zoo, Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Empire State Building, or any number of world-class museums and restaurants, you’ll find more than enough to keep you busy throughout your locum assignment. 

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Norfolk, Virginia 

Do like history? Scenic harbor views? Fresh seafood and award-winning craft breweries? An active arts community and numerous public art installations? This thriving city on famous Chesapeake Bay has it all.

You can tour the historic Norfolk Naval Station by boat, take a self-guided tour of Cannonball Trail, pose with the legendary Norfolk mermaids throughout the city, soak in the sun at Ocean View or East Beach, check out the Chrysler Museum, visit the zoo, and try every water sport imaginable. Whether you are working in Norfolk or nearby in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach or Portsmouth, this is a locum tenens destination you won’t soon forget. 

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Charleston, South Carolina 

Brimming with charm and Southern hospitality, Charleston offers locum providers a picturesque destination to indulge your favorite pastimes. When you’re not a work you can shop in fun boutiques, visit historic homes and sites, enjoy award-winning cuisine, frolic in the surf at Folly Beach, tour amazing art galleries, take a swamp boat tour in Cypress Gardens, or catch some live music under the stars. 

Whatever you choose, you’ll soon discover why Charleston was once again named the “No. 1 Small City in the U.S.” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2020. 

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Getting to your locum tenens destination

If you are already licensed in your state of choice, or have a multistate license through the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact (IMLC), it can be faster to get placed in a summer locum tenens assignment. Our team can talk to you about specific requirements, and help out with other licensing requirements, accommodations, travel expenses, and more.

Don’t see your dream destination in the list above? Don’t worry. Staff Care has hundreds of locum tenens assignments across the country. 


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