If you are in the market for the perfect healthcare job and it happens to be someplace you aren’t familiar with (say for example, Pennsylvania), let us give you the rundown on why you might just want to snap it up.
Pennsylvania is technically considered part of the Midwest because of its borders with Ohio and West Virginia, but it also borders Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York, giving the eastern half of the state a definite east coast vibe. The two biggest cities are Philadelphia (near the eastern border) and Pittsburgh (near the western border). Each have their own unique personalities, and both have everything most big cities have to offer.
In between Pittsburgh and Philly are lots of hidden gems and hundreds of square miles of mountains, parks, and forests. Name an outdoor recreational activity and it is available. The Pocono Mountains offer resorts, water parks, adventure courses, hiking, and skiing, among other activities. At Ohiopyle State Park you can bike, raft, and kayak, and the 500,000 acre Allegheny National forest offers everything nature lovers could look for. If you long for a large body of water, the northeastern corner of the state borders Lake Erie, and Presque Isle State Park, located on a sandy peninsula in the lake, is a must-visit.
THINGS TO DO
Into history? You’ll find plenty in Philadelphia. Independence National Historical Park is home of the Liberty Bell and the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the Constitution. For more recent history you can visit the Liberty Bell Eastern State Penitentiary, which closed in 1971, but in its day housed Al Capone, and offers a tour that includes a look at his lavishly furnished cell.
Those with an interest in architecture, or who just want to see a really cool house, should visit Fallingwater in Mill Run, the most famous creation of Frank Lloyd Wright; and the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, which was built in 1906. If you are looking for some education and culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh are must see spots.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, the city known as the ‘burgh has one of the best entrances into a metropolitan area anywhere. When you drive into the south end of the 3600+ feet Fort Pitt tunnel you’ll be surrounded by nothing but trees and sky, but you’ll exit the tunnel practically on top of the Monongahela River with downtown Pittsburgh laid out before you. (This is especially impressive at night.) Downtown Pittsburgh is great for sightseeing with places like Point State Park, the Incline, and Mount Washington, but if you want to experience what it’s like to be a local, grab lunch at Primanti’s then head to Kennywood Park.
Want some experiences unique to PA? Check out Strasburgh, where you can take a steam-train ride through Amish country and visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Or visit the town of Hershey (yep, that Hershey) which has Hershey Park, a chocolate-themed amusement park with rides and entertainment for kids and adults. If you want unique and nostalgic, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park is home to the Blue Streak, a wooden roller coaster recognized as a landmark by American Coaster Enthusiasts that has been running since 1938.
Sound good? There’s something for everyone, and healthcare professionals can find jobs available in Pennsylvania from our job board. Nurses can get licensure info at the PA State Board of Nursing website.