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The 6 best European road trips to add to your bucket list

By The Hub team, January 30, 2018

Of course, bustling cities like London, Berlin and Barcelona are must-sees for any European traveler. But if you're after something a little more unique (with breathtaking views and mouthwateringly good cuisine to boot), then it's time to hit the road. Here, six drop-dead gorgeous road trips in Europe.

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Basque Country, France and Spain

The best thing about traveling around Europe is getting to explore multiple countries in one visit. Second best? All the amazing eats. Start this gorgeous 100-mile road trip in glitzy Biarritz, then slowly make your way down the coast and through the Pyrenees to Bilbao (hit up the nearby villages for killer surf waves), sampling all the culinary delights as you go. Spanish beach town San Sebastián alone boasts nine Michelin-starred restaurants, but there's plenty of yumminess (the salt cod is a must-try) to be enjoyed throughout the region.

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Ring Road, Iceland

Circling around the entire island (hence the name), this approximately 830-mile road is filled with dramatic landscapes, beautiful geysers, adorable farm stays, oh, and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (good luck pronouncing that one). Start and end in Reykjavík and make sure to give yourself a couple of days to really explore the sights. Bring your swimsuit for the hot springs and opt for the four-wheel drive if you want to go off-roading.

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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

This 43-mile stretch along southern Italy's beautiful shore is what postcards are made of. Although not technically the Amalfi Coast, start in chaotic yet charming Naples (grab a pizza before you set off) then wind your way down past Mount Vesuvius to check out the frozen-in-time city of Pompeii. Soak up the turquoise water views in Sorrento (a great place to spend the night), making time to get out of your car and onto a ferry to explore beautiful Capri island. Back on the mainland, keep driving through pastel-colored towns of Positano and Amalfi, sampling the fresh seafood along the way before rewarding yourself with some Limoncello at the trip's end in Salerno. Tip: Rent the Fiat 500, not the SUV—roads here are windy and tight.

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Romantische Strasse, Germany

When the route translates to “Romantic Road," you know it's gonna be good. Starting in Würzburg, you'll need several days to soak up all medieval villages, palaces and Alpine vistas, not to mention the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle (literally—the magical building inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle) near the journey's endpoint in Fussen. Add more romance to your trip (because, why not?) with a visit to the local vineyards (the dry whites pair perfectly with richer Bavarian cuisine) and some pampering at one of the spa towns along the roughly 240-mile-long route.

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Trollstigen, Norway

It means “Troll's Path" in English, so expect plenty of magic en route, including striking waterfalls and rugged mountains with names like “The Queen" and “The Bishop." Roads are steep and bends are sharp, but the breathtaking views are worth the sweaty palms on the steering wheel (it's only four miles long so you've got this). For a longer trip (around 400 miles), start in picturesque Bergen, then drive north (through Trollstigen) to historic Trondheim.

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Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle and its gorgeous beaches (yes, really), lush greenery, shimmering lakes and craggy mountains on this 110-mile loop. Start in Killarney, then make your way around counterclockwise, passing through beautiful Glenbeigh beach and impressive Staigue Fort along the way, making sure to stop at one of the many cozy pubs (but don't drink and drive, obviously). You can easily do this trip in a day, so there's no excuse to miss out.

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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.

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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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