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Destination Highlight: Southern California

Southern CaliforniaMaybe you’ve always wanted to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame or bring your family to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. No matter what piques your interest, southern California is an ideal place to spend your next travel nursing assignment! Read on for some of the attractions you can look forward to.

Experience some of the country’s greatest theme parks. Disneyland is arguably the most famous park, and Space Mountain never disappoints, especially if you’re taking your kids to it for the first time. However, you won’t want to miss Knott’s Berry Farm, just 10 minutes away. Known for its thrilling roller coasters like the GhostRider and Montezooma’s Revenge, Knott’s Berry Farm offers a water park and family rides at the Peanuts-themed Camp Snoopy as well.

For even more roller coasters, drive about 60 miles northwest to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, which features several comic book character-themed rides like The Batman, The Riddler’s Revenge and Superman: Escape from Krypton.

Show your wild side. If you’re an animal lover, southern California is the place to go. The San Diego Zoo offers plenty for the whole family to see, with more than 90 acres of land and 3,700 animals. Make sure to visit Koalafornia (the large koala exhibit) while you’re there, and save time by riding the guided tour bus that covers about 75 percent of the park.

To see animals native to California, don’t miss the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It features penguins, sea otters, a shark lagoon with more than 150 sharks, sea turtles and plenty of tropical fish. For whales, dolphins, sea lions and other mammals, visit SeaWorld in San Diego — and be sure to look into the Beluga interaction program for the chance to touch a whale and swim with it.

Get your kicks on Route 66. Take advantage of the weekends during your travel assignment and explore the old landmarks along historic Route 66, which begins on the coast in Santa Monica. Travel east along the highway through Los Angeles, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino before heading north through the Cajon Pass and east through Barstow. End your journey in Needles, a small town in the Mojave Desert near the Arizona border. For help planning your Route 66 trip, check out detailed maps at RoadTripUSA.com.

See the glamour of old Hollywood. Once you get a great view of the Hollywood sign from the nearby Griffith Observatory, be sure to visit some of the famous sites from the golden age of film, including TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, The Musso & Frank Grill and the Million Dollar Theatre.

Convinced that you need to experience this beautiful area of the state? Check out our travel nurse jobs in California now!

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Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a healthcare writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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