California a Golden Opportunity for Allied Travelers
Golden Opportunities in the Golden State
California is an allied traveler’s paradise, with dozens of popular cities, spectacular natural beauty, enviable weather and an unlimited supply of attractions and sights to visit and enjoy.
California also has hundreds of allied health travel jobs at any given time, and the state boasts some of the best medical facilities in the country. In 2021, US News & World Report ranked 68 California hospitals in their Best Regional Hospitals category and California No. 7 on their list of Best States for Healthcare.
But enough about work.
At about 1,000 miles long and 560 miles wide, The Golden State is the third-largest state in the country—and the most populous—offering incredible adventures for allied health travelers on assignment. Want to spend your time at the beach, the mountains or the desert? It’s all here.
An abundance of things to do throughout California
California is often divided into two regions for geographical and economic reasons. Southern California is anchored by Los Angeles and runs to the northern borders of San Luis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino counties. With San Francisco as its largest city, Northern California claims the rest of the state. Both regions are diverse and highly desirable, but there are distinct amenities in each area for allied travelers.
Top destinations in Southern California
Southern California is known for sunny weather, world-famous beaches, and endless entertainment opportunities. It offers a dramatic coastline and gorgeous communities with spectacular ocean and canyon views. Some standout locations include:
San Diego — Known for its beaches, warm climate, and laid-back surfer culture, San Diego offers the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. The city's harbor is home to a naval fleet, and the public can access the USS Midway aircraft carrier which is now a museum. Downtown San Diego boasts excellent restaurants and is a favorite stop before attending a San Diego Padres game. Just south of San Diego, you can walk across the Mexican border and visit our neighbors to the south.
Orange County — Home to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and the Newport Beach Balboa Peninsula, Orange County offers rolling hill backdrops and stunning views. From water sports to high fashion, arts fairs and phenomenal dining options, visitors can find endless things to see and do.
Los Angeles — The City of Angels is the state's largest city, sprawling 503 square miles. One of the world's entertainment capitals, LA is a vibrant, exciting city with easy access to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Burbank, Beverly Hills, and much more. You'll find top-notch restaurants, world-class shopping, professional sports teams, world-renowned universities, and so much more.
You can also make an easy weekend escape from the bustle of the city to the nearby mountains, coastal Santa Barbara or Palm Springs. During the winter, visitors can ski the slopes of Big Bear Mountain in the morning and then drive back in time to enjoy an afternoon swim in the Pacific — all on the same day.
Travel highlights in Northern California
Northern California is a favorite destination for travelers who enjoy hiking, national parks, and plenty of open countryside to explore. However, you'll still have the conveniences of major cities, such as San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento.
Some standout destinations in Northern California include:
The San Francisco Bay Area — With an overall A+ grade (Niche), San Francisco offers a collage of colorful neighborhoods and stunning views. The city offers famous sites, such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Mission District, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and much more. It was also voted the No. 1 Best Foodie City in the country by US News & World Report. This surrounding area is home to the Wine Country region, quaint waterfront towns, gorgeous beaches and Silicon Valley.
Sacramento — The capital city of California offers a significantly lower cost of living than San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities. Sacramento is one of the most historic areas in the state and has a vibrant downtown area, professional sports teams, and an international airport. Foodies will love how the restauranteurs fully embrace the area's agricultural heritage. The city’s central location also makes it easy to take weekend trips to Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, the Monterrey Peninsula or the Bay Area.
Redwood National and State Parks — The Redwood National and State Parks are protected forests, beaches, and grasslands along Northern California's coast. You'll find the world's tallest species of trees — giant sequoias and California redwoods— and plenty of hiking and nature trails.
Yosemite National Park – Spanning nearly 1,200 square miles in the High Sierras, Yosemite is famous for its waterfalls, ancient sequoia trees, Tunnel View, and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. You can camp, hike, explore the wilderness and take guided tours.
Lake Tahoe — This sizeable freshwater lake straddles the California–Nevada border and is famous for its spectacular vistas, beaches and ski resorts. You'll find hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, plus water sports in the warmer seasons, snow sports of all types in the winter, and a beautiful lake to enjoy year round.