As a travel nurse, you have your choice of cool and trendy places to visit, but there are a number of states that people rarely think about that have just as much to offer — the flyover states. Many are just dismissed as boring or country, but are they really? When you choose your next travel assignment, these states may be worth a visit:
The Cornhusker State - Nebraska
There is more to enjoy in the state of Nebraska than football. With a population of just under 500,000, but over 100 miles of real estate, Omaha is a big city with a small-town feel. For one thing, the residents of Omaha love them some beer. This city is full of craft breweries and tasting spots.
Omaha also has one of the best zoos in the country, which is the state’s number one paid attraction. Check out one of the largest indoor rainforest exhibits in the world or leisurely walk through their 1,200,000 gallon aquarium.
Oh, and there is a little football to enjoy, too, if you are a fan. Lincoln, home of the Cornhuskers, is just an hour away on I-80.
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The Sooner State - Oklahoma
Speaking of football, Nebraska’s rival Oklahoma makes the list, too, but for more than just its sports team. The OK state is an interesting choice if you want to sneak some classes in while on assignment. There is the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; the University of Oklahoma in Edmond and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
Oklahoma isn’t short of fun cities or interesting sites, either. On a day off from work and school, head out to Medicine Park or hike the Wichita Mountains. The Philbrook Museum is considered one of the top fine art museums in the country, and if you’re in Tulsa, stop by Quicktrip, a local delight.
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The Land of Enchantment – New Mexico
New Mexico is full of color and art, but it is really the landscapes that will take your breath away. From Carlsbad Caverns to the White Sands, there is more than enough to keep a nature lover busy.
When you are not hiking the parks, take time to enjoy the history. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe is a good place to start or the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos.
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The Corn Belt – Iowa
Many parts of this state live up to the flyover reputation, but the unique cities that dot the state all have something to offer.
The capitol, Des Moines, boasts Broadway shows and opera with modern shopping and dining.
Iowa City is the only city of literature in the United States, and has a reputation for LGBT friendliness and equality.
Davenport and Dubuque offer things like minor league baseball and stunning views of the Mississippi river.
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The Sunflower State – Kansas
Kansas gets an honorable mention because it has a couple of cool attractions. While in Wamego, make sure to spend a day exploring the Oz Museum and see one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from the Emerald City. For a day enjoying all things Swedish, you will want to visit the small village of Lindsborg. If you want to experience the city lifestyle, simply cross the border into Kansas City, Missouri where you can find world class steaks and shopping.
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Don’t be too quick to dismiss flyover states when assignment shopping. From music to art to amazing views, they have more to offer a traveler than one might realize.