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A tour of the best hot springs in the U.S.

By Matt Chernov, December 12, 2017

As temperatures drop during the winter, finding fun ways to heat things up is on everyone's mind. For some, that could mean a trip to sunny Cancun or the Canary Islands, both of which boast year-round warm weather. For others, a crackling fireplace and a cup of cocoa will do the trick nicely. But to truly escape the cold, you can't beat a long soak in a natural hot springs pool. Beyond the blissfully warm temperatures, these mineral-rich baths offer an abundance of therapeutic health benefits, like increased blood circulation, stress reduction, and pain relief. So grab your bathing suit and plan a trip to one of these seven amazing hot springs.

Outhouse at Chena Hot Springs in Alaska

Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

At this plush resort in Fairbanks, Alaska, guests can soak in a healing natural pool while gazing up at the colorful aurora borealis sparkling in the night sky overhead. The outdoor water temperature is approximately 106-degrees throughout the year, but a heated indoor pool is set at a slightly cooler 90-degrees for those who don't like it too hot. A variety of room packages are available, and a host of therapeutic massages – including Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone – can be scheduled daily.

Aerial view of Lava Hot Springs in Idaho.

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Thanks to a kid-friendly indoor water park that comes complete with slides and a multi-tiered diving platform, Lava Hot Springs is an excellent choice for family vacations. Children will love the resort's Aquatic Center and Kiddie Cove play area, which features inflatable toys, water sprays, and climbing structures. Adults, meanwhile, can relax in the natural pools fed by nearby geothermal mountain springs. Water temperatures can reach as high as 112-degrees, and heated stone pathways make the walk from your room to the pool toasty warm.

Glenwood Hot Springs in Colorado at dusk.

Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado

Sporting the largest hot springs pool in the world, this gorgeous Colorado getaway sits nestled in the shadow of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Situated snuggly between Aspen and Vail, the resort features a historic 107-room lodge that has been welcoming visitors since 1888. Several award-winning spa packages are available, including a therapeutic Zen treatment and a romantic couple's massage package. To keep you in top physical shape, fitness programs like Pilates, spinning classes, and Swim Fit are offered in the resort's Athletic Club.

Quapaw Bath House in Arkansas

Quapaw Baths and Spa, Arkansas

Located in a town that's literally called Hot Springs, this resort and spa includes a historic indoor bathhouse built in the Spanish Colonial style back in 1922. Emphasizing luxury and relaxation, Quapaw is the ideal place for guests who want their every need catered to. Though individuals and couples are always welcome, the resort's state-of-the-art reception hall is perfect for larger groups, including wedding receptions, reunions, and holiday parties. In addition to the healing waters, visitors can indulge in a variety of massage packages and stress-relieving mud baths.

Bagby Hot Springs in the forest in Oregon

Bagby Hot Springs, Oregon

Tucked away in a remote area of Mount Hood National Forest, this hot spring is well suited for anyone looking to escape the crowds. It's a warm and woodsy retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Portland. After an awe-inspiring 1.5 mile hike to the facility, visitors can soak individually in one of several hollowed-out logs, or take a soothing dip in a larger barrel-style tub that holds up to eight people.

Riverbend Hot Springs in New Mexico

Riverbend Hot Springs, New Mexico

Couples looking for a relaxing romantic getaway will find the private soaking tubs in this blissful resort the perfect place to unwind in comfort. The lovely mountain views add to the cozy ambiance, and the mineral-rich waters provide unsurpassed detoxifying benefits, making Riverbend a top choice for a winter vacation. Peaceful “whisper zones" located throughout the resort help encourage a meditative atmosphere that promotes wellness and relaxation, but social butterflies can soak in the larger communal pools, which are a great way to meet the property's other happy guests.

People enjoying the Granite Hot Springs in Wyoming.

Granite Hot Springs, Wyoming

Accessible only by snowmobile, dog-sled, or skiing in the winter, this stunning hot springs pool in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is arguably the most scenic spot on this list. Recommended for nature lovers with a taste for adventure, a trip to the 112-degree natural waters at Granite Hot Springs is an experience you'll never forget. Although you won't find terrycloth robes, massage tables, or anything other than a few simple changing rooms onsite, you'll be so busy marvelling at the area's rustic splendor and enjoying the water that it won't matter.

If you go

When you're ready for a rejuvenating hot springs plunge, United Airlines can get you there. Visit united.com, or try the United app on your smartphone, to plan your trip.

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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