5 Great Cities for Allied Travelers with Children
By Tiffany Aller
Allied health practitioners interested in travel jobs throughout the country have many variables to consider before accepting a contract. Individuals with children may want to consider allied travel jobs in cities that are especially family friendly with many opportunities for exploring and recreation.
After you consider this list of cities that are great for families and children, visit Med Travelers to learn about the allied health jobs in those locations.
Best family-friendly cities for allied travel jobs
Check out this list of top family-friendly locations that may well be the next stop on your travel healthcare journey.
1. San Diego, California
San Diego draws millions of tourists annually because of top-notch cultural and educational locations, including the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the 14 museums located there, the New Children’s Museum downtown and the iconic beach. San Diego has continuously topped the list for best environmental practices, including sustainability. San Diego is also home to many children’s parks and playgrounds plus 54 schools in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
2. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., is not only the country’s seat of government but also an enormous cultural center. D.C. ranks high as a child-and-family-centered city, in part because most attractions are either free or very low cost. From the Smithsonian to the National Zoo to the White House, families can fully immerse in American culture and history. Washington, D.C., also has many parks and playgrounds, restaurants that cater to families and quaint architecture to explore. Washington, D.C., schools score high for college readiness and student-to-teacher ratios.
3. Fort Worth, Texas
Nicknamed the Panther City and known as “where the west begins,” Fort Worth is very welcoming to children and families. Visit the Stockyards, home to two daily cattle drives; Sundance Square; and the museum district that’s home to the National Cowgirl Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the highest-ranked zoos in the nation. Arlington, just a 15-minute drive east, is home to the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and Six Flags over Texas. Another 30 minutes east lies Dallas, home to the Dallas Aquarium and the Sixth Floor Museum. The DFW area is home to hundreds of schools, including well-regarded charter schools and private schools and 18 universities.
4. Orlando, Florida
Although this central Florida city is widely known for Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios, many other attractions are available for families to explore. The Orlando Science Center is home to both permanent and revolving exhibits designed specifically for children. Orlando is also home to LEGOLAND, Gatorland and the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. A short drive east adds Kennedy Space Station to the list, plus pristine white sand beaches along the Canaveral Natural Seashore. Orlando also ranks very well in education, with 16 high schools included in the U.S. News & World Report list of best schools.
5. Seattle, Washington
This gem of the Pacific Northwest stands at the forefront in green initiatives and innovation. Seattle is home to Pike Place Market, an open-air marketplace that has kid-friendly stops like Market Magic, the Giant Shoe Museum, the Gum Wall and many restaurants. Elsewhere in Seattle, families can enjoy the Space Needle, Museum of Flight, Woodland Park Zoo and Children’s Museum. Seattle is home to 28 schools on the U.S. News & World Report ranking list.
Use this list as your jumping-off point to check out potential areas your next allied travel jobs will take you. From both coasts to mid-America, your options for the right balance of work and family opportunities are vast.