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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.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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