Travel nursing in Oregon is a thrill. The state’s forests, volcanic mountains, lakes, and coastlines are some of the most stunning of their kind in the entire world. The state is also experiencing a culinary renaissance of sorts, and award-winning chefs and restaurants can be found across the state.
In Portland, the state’s largest and quirkiest city, you’ll fund can find eclectic boutiques, artisan doughnuts, and a thriving arts community. You can marvel at the nation’s deepest lake along the Cascade Mountains in Crater Lake National Park. Or, simply enjoy a breathtaking Pacific shoreline at Cannon Beach.
Amidst all the unique scenery and culture of the emerald-green Pacific Northwest is the city of Springfield, a fantastic GIFTED travel nursing destination in Oregon. We’ve created a list of reasons why Springfield is a great place to take your next travel nursing adventure.
Read on for the top three reasons travel nurses should visit Springfield, Oregon!
Experience the Beautiful Outdoors
Oregon’s natural wonders are located extremely close to Springfield, making it a prime location for travel nurses that enjoy outdoor activities.
The crystal-clear waters of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers are located to the north and south of the city, respectively. The stunning Cascade Mountains, Willamette National Forest and the Pacific Coast are also nearby.
Travel nurses in Springfield are within driving distance from the following wonders of the Pacific Northwest:
- Some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls and lakes
- Hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails along mountain ranges, lava beds, tranquil canyons and ancient forests
- The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, one of the largest areas of coastal sand dunes on the planet
- One-of-a-kind whale watching, birdwatching, and other wildlife observing opportunities in the state’s animal sanctuaries
Explore the Past
According to Eugene, Cascades & Coast, Springfield was first settled in 1848 due to its close proximity to natural spring water and its abundance of fertile pastures. Beginning in the 1890s, a number of working-class homes began to spring up, built by blue-collar residents employed within the city’s booming lumber industry.
To preserve these homes, which were built between 1890 and 1940, the Washburne Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Many of the homes are named for their first owners, and visitors can take part in a guided walking tour that explores the history of Springfield.
Or, travel nurses can visit the nearby Museum of Natural and Cultural History, which celebrates the fascinating biological, geological, and cultural history of the region with immersive exhibits.
Downtown Springfield: Main Street & More
Springfield’s Main Street is also a historic area, but with a different flair. The beautiful Willamette River winds around the area, providing wonderful scenic views.
The Main Street area overflows with public art, and visitors can take a self-guided mural tour to explore vibrant painted vignettes, along with displays paying homage to The Simpsons and famous author Ken Kesey (Kesey was born in Springfield, and local lore states that the iconic Simpsons is set in the area).
Travel nurses that want to experience modern Springfield will enjoy its recently revitalized downtown district. Dining, shopping, and entertainment abound.
Food options in the area include Italian, Japanese, Thai, Ethiopian, Mexican, Chinese, classic American cuisine and more. Try excellent pizza and Italian fare at Mezza Luna, artisan Indian streetfood at Sardarni’s Kitchen, or a fresh cup of joe at Off Kilter Koffee.
Springfield’s downtown is also a thriving center for art and culture. Both privately-owned galleries and street art can be found throughout the area, as well as the monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk. The Richard E. Wildish Community Theatre, which calls itself the “premiere entertainment destination for Greater Springfield,” is also located here.
Finally, downtown Springfield offers shopping galore, including designer brands, antiques, home décor, bicycles, specialty foods and much more.
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