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5 amazing summer vacations you haven't thought of

By The Hub team, May 04, 2017

It's not even Memorial Day, but summer travel is already on your brain. That's because you're a planner. (Also, you know the best spots book up super fast.) Here, five destinations worth considering this year.

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Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada YinYang/Getty Images

A Canadian Road Trip

Block out two weeks and drive from Montreal to Banff. OK, so it's a grand total of approximately 40 hours on the road, but break it into chunks over the course of 14 days and it's worth it, given all the sights you can detour to see (like Ottawa—Canada's capital city—or Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan). Book a night at Hotel Le Crystal in Montreal so you get a good night's sleep as you kick off the trip, then use an app like Hotel Tonight (or Airbnb's instant book feature) to book accommodations last minute on the road.

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A Western Dude Ranch

Vacation is for fresh air and wide-open spaces, which is why you can't go wrong with a getaway to Colorado, specifically Grand County (located about an hour west of Denver). The Latigo Ranch will whisk you far away from pesky annoyances like email—although Wi-Fi hot spots are available if you need it—and fix your attention instead on the land around you. Forty thousand acres of prime national forest, to be exact.

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A Charming Southern City

If you haven't been to Charleston, summer is the perfect time (although preferably in June and July, before the August humidity hits). It's the perfect blend of city culture and country charm. Spend your days touring nearby plantations (FYI, Boone Hall, the spot where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched, is open to the public) and your nights at reputable high-end restaurants like Husk or FIG. You could even detour to Kiawah Island, no more than a 45-minute drive away. Plan to stay at the Planters Inn, a chic destination right in the heart of the downtown.

Mackinac island on Michigan's West Coast RudyBalasco/Getty Images

A Lakeside Adventure

The ocean isn't the only option if you're looking for a family getaway where your kids can splash in the waves. Michigan's west coast offers gorgeous water views without having to worry about the tides. (FYI, we love South Haven, often referred to as the “Catskills of the Midwest.") Or, if the east side of the state is more your style, take a ferry to Mackinac Island in the middle of Lake Huron. ( The Grand Hotel is a majestic historic resort you won't want to miss.)

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A Coastal Escape

Big Little Lies on the brain? Book a five-day weekend in and around Big Sur. The cliff views of the Pacific Ocean (visible from the Highway 1) alone are worth the trip, but the chance to experience the breathtaking vistas seen on your new favorite HBO show? You can't go wrong. We recommend booking a stay at the swank Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa (delicious cocktails and epic ocean-side sunsets all included).

RELATED: The Ultimate “Big Little Lies" Travel Guide


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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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