Summer, summer, summer time. For most of us the summer months are when we come out of hibernation, plan a vacation and get outside and explore. One of the many benefits of Locum Tenens, is the freedom to work and play in some of the most beautiful, interesting destinations in the country.
Travel and Leisure put together their 10 best cities to visit in the summer months according to reader feedback. We’ve got Locum Tenens assignments in several of these desirable destinations.
- Portland, OR Top- ranked farmers’ markets bursting with berries, fresh-caught salmon and inventive cafes, and plenty of cool summer drinks. Readers also gave Portland the top prize for its microbrews. The wholesome cuisines will make you want to get active, too, whether you’re bicycling around the Rose City or hiking near the waterfalls outside of town or taking a beach day at the Oregon Coast.
- Seattle, WA Summer in Seattle, is a great time to get outdoors, whether buzzing around in seaplanes or hanging out in the great city parks. You can also get a good look at massive Mount Rainier, which, for the rest of the year, often hides behind clouds.
- Portland, ME Did someone say lobster? These big, seasonal crustaceans are one of the biggest summer lures of this New England city. Between meals you can always paddle off in a kayak or walk the cobblestoned streets of the Old Port. It’s also a perfect destination if you’re the early-to-bed type: the city ranks near the top for being mellow, and AFC voters declared its nightlife downright sleepy.
- San Diego, CA AFC voters loved the year-round beach weather and good-looking locals here—even if June can be cool and gray. Summer also brings the kooky ComicCon convention and events at the Del Mar racetrack, an old-Hollywood star magnet.
- Providence, RI Summer nights glow in the Rhode Island capital, thanks to Waterfire, a series of small bonfires that light up the rivers downtown. AFC voters embraced Providence for its down-to-earth personality—giving it high marks for both its mom-and-pop cafés and its burgers.
- Denver, CO Heaven for an outdoor enthusiast, summer in the Mile High City makes for fabulous hiking and mountain biking. Denver’s also a magnet for summer festival fans: come for the Chalk Art Festival, the Underground Music Showcase, and the classic, western-themed Buffalo Bill Days.
- Anchorage, AK Between mountains and an inlet, surrounded by national parks and filled with wildlife, Anchorage combines the best of Alaska in a city that has the comforts of home while discovering the Last Frontier. This is the best season to explore the majestic views of glaciers, spotting moose and caribou in Denali National Park, taking in the northern lights and much more.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Indeed, after a long winter, people in Minnesota are practically busting at the seams to get outside. Things get especially festive at the acclaimed State Fair in August, free art exhibits, endless bike trails, and tax-free shopping.
- Chicago, IL There’s no shortage of lakeshore beaches in the Windy City. Explore the Navy Pier, take in a festival at Grant Park while enjoying the famous Chicago skyline.
- Honolulu, HI Though many people flock here in winter, summer is actually the dry season in the Hawaiian capital. That means more sunny weather and more accessible waves for surfing. There are arguably more deals during summer too. Yet another reason it’s a fine time to unplug in Honolulu—rated the No. 1 city for relaxing.