Travel Nurse’s Guide to Richmond, VA: What to Know and Where to Go

The biggest challenge about travel nursing might not be what you think. Reading a travel nurse contract, learning your non negotiables, and revamping your travel nursing resumé are walks in the park once you get more traveling experience under your belt. The biggest challenge in travel nursing is picking where you want to go! Travel nurses have so many options for work that it can be overwhelming to find your next destination at times. Luckily, we’re here to help you out with our suggestions!

Richmond, Virginia, is “rich” with historical significance and memorabilia for our history-loving travel nurses to appreciate. But Richmond is also a commonwealth of activity for nature lovers, food lovers, fine art lovers—you get the idea. Whether you’re in the mood for outdoor adventures, eclectic art, or creative cuisine, Virginia’s capital city has something for every travel nurse’s interest.

Where to Find Travel Nurse Assignments

Richmond is not only rich in history but in opportunities for travelers to grow their careers as well. This city accommodates more than 40,000 healthcare professionals and 21 medical and surgical hospitals. Multiple facilities, including Henrico Doctors Hospital, currently have travel nursing assignments available in various specialties—MedSurg, Oncology, and Free Standing are a few.

If you don’t think Richmond is the city for you, we have plenty of other travel nurse contracts in Virginia for you to choose from.

Where to Go in Richmond, Virginia

The city is jam-packed with attractions and locations for travel nurses to explore. Check out some of our favorites:

Once belonging to a wealthy railroad tycoon, Maymont Estate, a 100-acre property, is now a free public park and museum and one of the top activities for Richmond travelers. The mansion was built in the 1880s and preserved in its original condition—all 12,000 square feet and 33 rooms. The grounds include several attractions, including Japanese and Italian gardens and wildlife habitats with creatures native to the James River and some of North America’s most impressive wildlife, such as Bison, Black Bears, and Sika Deer.

Located just outside Richmond in Doswell is Kings Dominion, one of the best amusement parks in the country. When travel nurses want to experience some thrills outside of the hospital, Kings Dominion is the place to be with its 400 acres of water and theme park entertainment. One of the park’s most popular attractions, The intimidator 305, has a huge drop of 300 feet and reaches speeds of 95 miles per hour. The water park is filled with spectacular water slides, a wave pool, and even a lazy river for some relaxation. Kings Dominion is a guaranteed good time for you, fellow travelers, and the whole family.

Don’t worry; we didn’t forget about our nature lovers. Belle Isle is a remote yet popular section of the James River Park System that showcases the unspoiled beauty of Richmond. Visitors have to cross a scenic footbridge to access it, but then they can enjoy hiking, biking, sunbathing on the smooth rocks, and (cautiously) swimming in the river. This small island is an excellent escape for travel nurses to get some fresh air and a little peace.

What to Know For Your Visit

Richmond is studded with areas of natural beauty and is now known as an emerging tourist destination. Summers in Richmond are consistently hot, but temperatures stop rising before reaching 100 °F—and you’ll need to bundle up during the winter months. Still, there’s plenty to do no matter the time of year.

To learn more about the city’s history, the Valentine bolsters a treasure trove of information. Located in the heart of the historic downtown, the museum has tons of interesting artifacts, toys, games, weapons, furniture, and a variety of costumes that bring the city’s history to life. Try visiting after sunset to see the museum’s collection of fun neon signs!

One of the most vibrant parts of Richmond is Church Hill—the jewel of Virginia. It serves as the genesis of Richmond and illustrates how there’s still room for the past in our modern society. At some point during your travel nursing assignment, be sure to take a stroll through the neighborhoods to see 200-year-old buildings and picturesque nature.

And what’s a guide to any city without including a food tour? Richmond is serious about its eats, so a food tour is a perfect way for travel nurses to experience a wide range of flavors. Luckily, there are as many tours as there are districts. Visit some of the locals’ favorite eateries and up-and-coming spots to find the best taste in the city. 

If you’re travel nursing solo, with another traveler, or with family, Richmond’s got you covered! Find your dream travel nursing assignment in Richmond, Virginia, or look at our job board for available travel nurse jobs in the top travel nurse locations.

We’ll be waiting for you!

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