Travel Destination: Charlotte, NC
If you’re a Registered Nurse thinking about accepting a travel nursing assignment in Charlotte, NC, don’t hesitate – at least if you hope to work in a city that offers a ton of fun attractions and especially tasty cuisine. This southern city may be a banking capital, but it offers a whole lot more than that.
A Delight For the Appetite
For many nurses, their love affair with this city began with their appetite. Charlotte boasts a thriving food scene, with everything from mouth-watering BBQ to soul staples, comfort fare and everything in between. With a 13-week or longer travel nursing assignment, you’ll have time to sample lots of it, if you don’t mind putting the effort in. Think delectable southern fried chicken and pulled pork along with more unexpected delights like salt- roasted oysters as well as fresh and tasty vegan and vegetarian fare. There are plenty of outstanding breweries and pubs where you can sip the standards as well as unique offerings like the Coco Loco Porter, brewed with coconut and cocoa nibs at NoDa Brewing Company.
The 7th Street Public Market is a place you’ll probably find yourself often, with the opportunity to pick up all types of high-quality food, including locally-grown produced, fresh baked breads, flowers and wine.
Racing Thrills at Charlotte Motor Speedway
What better way for a travel nurse to burn off stress than to enjoy the action-packed sport of racing? Charlotte is in the heart of NASCAR country and just a short drive northeast of downtown, you can catch a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in May or October. If your travel nursing assignment doesn’t bring you here when the races are on, you can even experience the thrill of racing yourself by taking the Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour.
Experience the Rapids
The U.S. National Whitewater Center offers another kind of thrill with the opportunity to ride the largest manmade whitewater river via kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or rafting. If you don’t want to get wet, you’ll have your pick of fun land-based activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing and zip lines.
Stroll Through the Botanical Garden
If relaxation and beauty is what you’re in need of in-between working shifts, take a stroll through the botanical garden at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It’s free and it showcases some gorgeous outdoor gardens with local and exotic landscapes as well as an indoor greenhouse complex. The McMillan Greenhouse is a fabulous place to visit all year, though it may be especially welcoming during the chillier months of the year, displaying diverse plants that are rare not only in the state but at other botanical gardens.
Indulge Your Passion for Art
Charlotte has an exploding art scene and the Mint Museum Uptown is a big part of that, showcasing an extensive collection of works from Europe and America. The five-story facility features multiple contemporary exhibits, including a museum within a museum, the Museum of Craft + Design, with an international collection of furniture, wood and clay art, studio glass, and jewelry.
Take a Scenic Drive Into the Blue Ridge Mountains
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a scenic drive into the Blue Ridge Mountains while you’re on your Charlotte travel nursing assignment. Once you do, you may find yourself returning again and again with so many charming towns to experience not to mention the many outdoor adventures, and it’s all just a two-hour drive away. Taste your way through Asheville, famous for its organic food scene, and head to Boone, where you can search for rare gemstones in the gem mines, hike through the woods and shop for unique items downtown.