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Summer fun in Salt Lake City

By The Hub team, October 06, 2017

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By Health and Welfare TPA Manager Kathleen Plumley

This summer, my best friend and I traveled to Salt Lake City to visit my daughter -- Sgt. Plumley who lives near Ogden, Utah, at Hill Air Force Base. While Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas are great ski destinations, this is one of my favorite destinations for spring, summer and fall as well. The area is quite beautiful, and there is a lot to see!

Kathleen, her daughter and best friend in Salt Lake City

On the first day of our visit we took it easy, but on the second day we drove to Causey Reservoir, a peaceful lake just over an hour from Salt Lake City, where we floated the whole day away. The water is cool (as it is melted snow from the mountains), but the view is spectacular. No power boats of any kind are allowed, which allows for pleasant kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, or just floating on air floats. You are required to wear a life vest but can rent them nearby.

On the third and fourth days, we drove into Salt Lake City to visit a few of the local breweries and to see some of the city's sights. Epic, Wasatch, and Uinta breweries all allow small tastings, and the food they served was good, too. We stayed in Temple Square, right in downtown, and drove by the iconic Salt Lake Temple, one of Utah's top tourist attractions. In a prior visit, I went to the Temple and listened in while the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was practicing. During this visit, we only drove around the Temple a few times to view its stunning architecture.

Lake Blanche hiking trails in Salt Lake City

We also hiked two miles up Lake Blanche hiking trails, which offer amazing views and abundant wildlife. There are so many beautiful trails in the area to hike during the warmer months; however, this trail has a special meaning for us, as it also is home of a dear family friend's ashes. We didn't make it all of the way to the lake, because we didn't have enough water with us, and the hike is definitely a bit challenging, but next time we will for sure. The trail runs along and crosses over a running creek and offers beautiful scenery. Later, as we drove around enjoying the views, we also stopped to see some waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

Hill Aerospace Museum

On our last full day, my daughter took us to the Hill Aerospace Museum, located on the Hill Air Force Base. The museum displays a large number of aircraft from around the world, as well as many other historical artifacts. The aircraft are on display both indoors and outdoors. The museum is open to the public and was one of my favorite parts of this trip, so I highly recommend anyone visiting the area, especially aviation enthusiasts - go check it out.

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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