Alaska is an extremely underrated destination for travel nurses. Let’s face it; when the merits of travel nursing assignments are being discussed, warm weather destinations are almost always a big part of the conversation. Florida, California, Arizona and other sunny climes are often the main go-to states. But what about alternative destinations for the adventurous travel nurse? What about those travel RNs that prefer experiencing rugged beauty, unspoiled wilderness, and nature’s wonders that very few people get to experience in their lifetime? If that sounds like you, then you may want to check out Alaska for a unique travel nursing assignments.
If we’ve piqued your interest, then here are 4 must-see sites for travel nurses in Alaska:
- Denali National Park: In the northern part of the Alaska Range, Denali National Park is the one of the largest in the US and includes North America’s highest mountain – Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). Denali National Park is the home of grizzly bears, wolves, reindeer, elk, and other animals. More than 167 species of birds have been recorded in the park. With six million acres of gorgeous river valleys, tundra, alpine ranges, and glacier-covered mountains, Denali is spectacular and not to be missed.
- Kenai Fjords National Park: South of Anchorage, this national park this national park offers some of the best sightseeing in Alaska. Alongside the fjord-riddled coastline of the Kenai Peninsula, the beautiful panoramas take in the many glaciers of the Harding Icefield and an uninhabited coastline The Park is also home to huge brown bears that feast on native salmon. For more info visit http://www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm
- Mendenhall Glacier: 12 miles northwest of the state capital and accessible by road, the Mendenhall Glacier run from the Juneau Icefield to the shores of a small lake. A quaint visitor center looks out over both the glacier and the iceberg-filled waters. Trails venture along the shore to roaring Nugget Falls as well as the impressive ice mass itself. Rafting and kayaking trips allow visitors to float among the many bergs – a spectacular natural wonder to experience. For more information visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Want a bit of history while on assignment? Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park maintains historically-restored buildings in the Skagway historic district to commemorate the famous Gold Rush of 1897-1898. Visitors can hike the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail, which begins at Taiya River bridge, or explore the on-site museum and visitor center. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway leaves from Skagway, and makes the climb up to White Pass at a 2,865-foot elevation. The depot, one of Alaska’s oldest, also houses the visitor center. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm
If you’re interested in travel nursing opportunities in the Last Frontier State, Go Healthcare Staffing has a wide variety of opportunities throughout Alaska that you should explore. We have ER, L&D, MedSurge, Case Management travel assignments and more – from Anchorage to Barrow – we’ve got you covered!