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Cozy weekend getaways within 2 hours of Seattle

By Matt Chernov, January 22, 2018

There's no better way to experience all the beauty and charm that Washington state has to offer than by planning a weekend getaway during your next visit to Seattle. Upon arriving, get a rental car and put it to good use by exploring one of these cozy towns located just a short drive from the seaport city.

Whidbey Island at sunset

Whidbey Island

Approximately 30 miles north of Seattle is Whidbey, the largest of the nine islands that comprise Washington's Island County area. An ideal getaway for travelers with an interest in outdoor fun, this peaceful destination in the middle of Puget Sound is a popular place for cycling, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. To get to the island, take a short ferry ride from the nearby city of Mukilteo, or access it by car via the Deception Pass Bridge. With miles of majestic waterways and beaches to explore, it's a vacation spot you won't soon forget.

Snoqualmie Falls outside of Seattle

Snoqualmie

Fans of the acclaimed TV drama "Twin Peaks" will definitely want to visit the city of Snoqualmie since many of the show's beautiful exterior shots were filmed there. As faithful viewers might know, the stunning Snoqualmie Falls are featured heavily in the program's atmospheric opening credit sequence. Standing nearly 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls, they're a spectacular sight to behold. For the full "Twin Peaks" experience, book a room at the Salish Lodge & Spa that served as the exterior location for the series' Great Northern Hotel.

State capitol building in Olympia

Olympia

60 miles south of Seattle, the colorful college town of Olympia beckons hip visitors with its funky and diverse local music scene. A frequent hangout of iconic rocker Kurt Cobain, and widely considered to be the birthplace of the exciting "Riot Grrrl" movement, this state capital hosts everything from country music fiddle jamborees to experimental sound festivals that draw happy crowds every year. Adding to the city's charming sense of quirkiness are the famous Mima Mounds located near the Capitol State Forest. These mysterious grassy hills and hummocks, many standing as high as 6 feet tall, continue to defy all scientific explanation. Resembling giant gofer dens, they attract curious visitors with a taste for nature's oddities.

Aerial view of Tacoma at sunset

Tacoma

A lovely 40 minute drive south of Seattle, the cozy city of Tacoma contains a wealth of fascinating museums, including the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum and the LeMay America's Car Museum. When you're ready to indulge in some of the freshest seafood in the entire state, reserve a table at Tacoma's popular Lobster Shop overlooking Commencement Bay. Their Dungeness crab with pecan wild rice is one of the most delicious dishes in the region. If your idea of a relaxing getaway involves a few rounds of golf, be sure to try one of the stay-and-play packages available at Tacoma's legendary Chambers Bay Golf Club.

Mountain view of Olympic Peninsula during the winter

Olympic Peninsula

You don't need to be obsessed with the "Twilight" vampire series to fall in love with the mist-shrouded forests of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, but it certainly helps. Fans of the film and book franchise will want to spend as much time as they can exploring this gorgeous region, since it's the real-life setting of the gothic saga. Several fun tours are available to take visitors deep into the romantic world created by bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. However, if amorous werewolves aren't your thing, a stop at the Webster's Woods Art Park and the Rothschild House Historic Home Museum are well worth the trip.

Fields of flowers blooming in Sequim

Sequim

Known as "The Lavender Capital of North America," this scenic city is situated 2 hours northeast of Seattle and hosts an annual festival celebrating the beautiful flowering plant that grows in abundance thanks to the area's unusually mild climate. For foodies, Sequim offers amazing shellfish and salmon at waterfront restaurants like Dockside Grill, or locally sourced favorites served at Blondie's Plate in the downtown district. And don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars on your trip, because visitors can frequently witness some truly awe-inspiring wildlife — including bald eagles and herds of Roosevelt elk — in the nearby Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Snohomish

Snohomish

Located about 30 miles north of Seattle and appropriately nicknamed the "Antique Capitol of the Northwest" because of the dozens of vintage furniture and clothing shops scattered throughout the popular downtown district, this tranquil small town is highly recommended for hikers and nature-lovers who want to escape the crowds. To experience what the area must have been like at the turn of the century, head over to the quaint historic district and reserve a room at the adorable Countryman Bed & Breakfast, which was constructed in the late 1800s.

If you go

No matter which cozy Seattle getaway you choose to try, book your flight by visiting united.com or by using the convenient United app.

Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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