“Go where the jobs are,” has always been pretty solid advice. Fortunately for us, we place qualified candidates in permanent and interim/travel healthcare industry jobs all over the country, so we always have a good idea where the jobs are. Today we will happily direct you to Michigan. If Michigan has not previously come up on your travel radar, we’ve got lots of reasons for you to visit, or to apply for one of the many open positions you can find on our job board.
Michigan is a unique state. It is essentially made up of two peninsulas (upper and lower) connected by the Mackinac Bridge. There are 3200 miles of shoreline thanks to its borders with four of the five great lakes: Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. This shoreline has rocky cliffs, over 100 public beaches, two National Lakeshores, and over 100 lighthouses. Over 4,000 square miles of these waters are protected by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and even lake-to-lake cruises are available.
Inland there is plenty of recreation to be had, too. The over 300,000 acres of parks and recreation areas have 142 campgrounds and over 900 miles of trails. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, zip lining, and river rafting opportunities abound. There’s no less fun to be had in the winter, when it can get quite cold, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Skiing, snowshoeing, winter ‘fat tire’ biking, snowmobile racing, frozen waterfall climbing, and even dog sledding opportunities can be found.
If all of that is too intense for your family, kids will love the Detroit Zoo, and the Michigan Adventure Amusement Park in Muskegon. Another family favorite is the kids’art studio in the Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island. While on the island your family can also check out Fort Mackinac, where you can see live historical military demonstrations, visit the oldest building in Michigan, and fire a cannon. Kids also enjoy the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw. You can also get a little history in Michigan’s biggest city: Detroit offers historical tours that include the Detroit Historical Museum and the Henry Ford Museum; and a Musical Tour that includes the Motown Historical Museum.
ONLY IN MICHIGAN
For some unique experiences, Orchard Beach Aviation offers aerial tours of the Manistee area of Lake Michigan, and Uncommon Adventures does a ‘kayak and culinary tour’ on the Betsie River in Benzie county that combines paddling down the river with appetizers and drinks. Not unique enough for you? How about a floating observation raft on the Kitch-iti-kipi in Palms Book State Park, Michigan’s largest freshwater spring. Looking for more adventure? Try the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. Started in the 20s as a dance hall, it was later turned into a roller skating rink, and then in the 60s became a legendary rock venue. It closed in 1972 and was left to deteriorate, but now adventurous souls visit to witness its eerie fallen grandeur. Too creepy? How about something more fantastical? Tour the sweet and mysterious Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor.
Speaking of Ann Arbor (home to the University of Michigan Wolverines), you might not consider a deli a destination, but that might be because you’ve never been to Zingerman’s deli, which has been a must-visit Ann Arbor landmark for decades. Some people do go just for the food, but because of the funky atmosphere, rare specialty foods, and next-level customer service, most visit for the experience.
Take a job in Michigan and we guarantee you won’t be bored on the weekend. Nurses can find licensure information on the Michigan Board of Nursing website.