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5 cities for the perfect fall weekend getaway

By Bob Cooper, September 25, 2017

Summer doesn't have to mean the end of vacation trips until the winter holidays. Fall can be the best time to travel, even if it's only for a long-weekend getaway, such as during the Columbus Day, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving holiday weekends. At almost every major destination in the U.S., the crowds are smaller, the prices are lower and the temperatures are just right. These five cities are especially fall-tastic choices.

New York City

Hotel prices and afternoon temperatures tumble as surely as multihued autumn leaves drift to the ground in Central Park in the fall. It's also easier to score theater tickets and weekend restaurant reservations in Manhattan once the summer hordes depart. And September and October weekends are prime time for sports fans to visit NYC, when bars and taverns overflow with high-energy Yankees, Jets and Giants fans crowded around the wall TVs on game nights. Those are just some of the reasons to spend a couple of autumn nights — whether you sleep or not — in “The City That Never Sleeps".

Austin

It's wise to avoid the nonstop triple-digit temperatures of summer in Texas's smokin'-hot capital city. But in the fall, temperatures become mild enough that you can enjoy hiking, biking or paddling on the Colorado River as it flows right past downtown. Next up: an outdoor meal at a barbecue joint and then a stroll down Sixth Street, where the live music flows out of numerous bars and clubs packed with University of Texas students. If you visit on either or both of the Austin City Limits Music Festival weekends (October 6-8 and 13-15), you can catch Jay Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers.

Boston

Fall is the ideal time to visit “America's Walking City" because the weather is perfect and autumn leaves color the city. Visitors interested in Revolutionary War history will cherish a walk on the Freedom Trail, which winds past the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the USS Constitution. Visitors who adore fall colors are in for a treat while strolling through Boston Common and Public Garden and along the Charles River. And sports-minded visitors can head to storied Fenway Park to watch a Red Sox game or Gillette Stadium to see the world-champion New England Patriots.

Los Angeles

More than perhaps any other U.S. city, L.A. offers a wealth of activity choices for all ages and interests. Families love Disneyland, Universal Studios — and the beach. Couples may prefer visiting the world-class Getty Museum and taking a Hollywood tour — and hitting the beach. Friends and singles may want to hit the nightspots in Hollywood or West Hollywood after — you guessed it — the beach. LAX is close to all of it, especially the beaches, which extend about a dozen miles in each direction, north and south, from the beach mansions of Malibu to the hilltop estates of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Cincinnati

Vermont is more famous for its fall colors, but they are almost as abundant in this Ohio city's parks. Green Bay is better known for its rabid football fans, but Bengals fans are nearly as enthusiastic — and game tickets aren't impossible to get. Munich is more famous for its Oktoberfest, but the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest (September 15-17) is America's largest, drawing a half-million people — and if you can't make it then, Cincinnati has dozens of craft breweries that pour year-round. Put it all together — fall colors, fall football and great beer — and you have all the ingredients of a classic celebration of autumn.

If you go

United Airlines offers nonstops from many cities to these destinations. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your fall getaway.

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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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