Have you thought about travel nursing in Pennsylvania? Forbes magazine previously named Lancaster, PA as one of the 10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit! This city is full of culture, history, and a distinct personality that makes it an incredible place to be. It’s also a great hub for travel nurses to explore the rest of Pennsylvania and other major cities in neighboring states.
Perks of a Midsized City
Lancaster is the perfect size for a city. Yes, large bustling metropolises are exciting and you never want for something to do. And yes, small towns have a picturesque charm that allows you to escape. However, there’s a great balance somewhere in between. Travel nurses don’t have to be bored in the evenings or give up some peace and quiet in a beautiful city like Lancaster.
Lancaster has a population of roughly 60,000, putting it eighth in population among Pennsylvania’s cities. A city this size has an active nightlife and exciting experiences, Lancaster does this while giving you the feeling of a relaxed countryside with covered bridges. As a travel nurse, you don’t have to sacrifice entertainment for peace and quiet when needed.
Destinations Near Lancaster, PA
Aside from being its own hub, Lancaster gives travel nurses easy access to many of the major Northeastern cities while on your travel assignment.
- Philadelphia, PA: If you are interested in sports, or even history, a day trip to Philadelphia is easy from Lancaster. Just over an hour drive gets you access to the Flyers, Eagles, 76ers, Union and Phillies as well as some of our nations oldest historical landmarks. Again, there are mass transit options to save you from parking and one way streets.
- New York City, NY: NYC is only about a 2.5 hour drive away. That gives you world famous museums, Broadway, and sightseeing attractions readily available. In addition, there are mass transit options to save you from traffic jams. On Amtrak, the trip from Lancaster Station to Penn Station only takes two hours and 45 minutes. Then, Penn Station puts you in the middle of Manhattan.
- Baltimore, MD: Maybe the hustle and bustle isn’t for you. Perhaps, you are more interested in a day trip for exquisite seafood. Try a quick trip to Baltimore’s beautiful waterfront for crab cakes and some authentic Old Bay spice. Charm City is less than a 2 hour drive from Lancaster and makes a perfect excursion if you find you ever want to get out of town.
- Washington, DC: Speaking of historic landmarks, Washington, D.C. is less than a 3 hour drive from Lancaster. Our nation’s capital is home to more than just politics. Visiting the White House and national treasures like the World War II monument are experiences everyone should have. In addition, DC is home to various Smithsonian museums. What a way to spend a day or even a weekend.
Things to do in Lancaster, PA
You don’t have to leave Lancaster for something exciting to do on your day off. Lancaster has a variety of attractions for all types of travel nurses.
- Amish Country: Lancaster is home some of the most picturesque farms in the US as well as several Amish farms. The Old Windmill Farm is a unique attraction. It is an authentic working Amish dairy farm in Lancaster County. They have regular Farm and Garden Tours that teach you about where your food comes from and the hard work it takes to run a farm.
- Farmers’ Market: Lancaster is also home to the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in the country. Lancaster Central Market at Penn Square is truly living history. This market has been in operation since the 1730’s offering meats, vegetables, and other goods to local residents. Many of the “stand holders” today have held their position since the early 1900’s.
- History: This beautiful city offers far more history than you might expect. Lancaster possesses a surprising number of museums, local art galleries, and even a PA German living history village. As one of America’s oldest inland cities, Lancaster is rich with history. Discover Lancaster boasts “A Museum For Every Interest in Lancaster, PA.”
- Breweries: Not everything in Lancaster is for the family or the history buff. There are several unique local breweries. From newer establishments like Springhouse in 2007 all the way to the resurrected Wacker Brewing Co. from 1853 (brought back in 2014), there’s something delicious to enjoy after a long shift.
- Coffee Shops: If you are more of a coffee drinker than a beer drinker (or you enjoy both) Passenger Coffee, in Lancaster, was named the best coffee in Pennsylvania by Food & Wine. Lancaster takes pride in their coffee with over 70 local coffee shops to choose from. Each has its own story and ambiance.
Travel Nursing Jobs in Pennsylvania
As we move into spring, perhaps it’s time to look around for something fun and exciting to do. Lancaster, PA is a beautiful city that would make the perfect hub for your next contract. Supplemental Health Care has nursing and other healthcare positions in Lancaster, across Pennsylvania, and nationwide. Contact us today to get started on your next travel adventure!
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