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12 L.A. tourist activities that are worth seeing

By The Hub team , March 23, 2017

Ever notice how happy those people strolling Hollywood Boulevard look? That's because they're experiencing our fair city as a tourist attraction. And you can, too. See our list of 12 must-do activities and embrace your inner tourist.

Have Drinks at the Chateau Marmont

The founder of Columbia Pictures said, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." So follow in the footsteps (within limits) of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Morrison and Lindsay Lohan and settle into the lobby lounge for a Negroni.

L.A. Conservancy

Join a Walking Tour

Los Angeles has so much cool and kooky architecture, but do you know the stories behind your skyline? The L.A. Conservancy offers weekly tours that explore everything from Union Station to Art Deco across the city. In short: It's basically going to jazz up your Instagram, big-time.

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

Sure, Griffith Park trails are newly re-opened, but the real tourist experience is starting from the Griffith Observatory's parking lot and taking the easy three-mile hike upward. That way, every time you see the sign in the distance, you'll remember that awesome day you conquered it.

Ginormous Museum Rock

Walk Under That Ginormous Museum Rock

Who says fine art isn't thrilling? Walk under “Levitated Mass," the 340-ton stone suspended over a walkway just outside LACMA, and feel like you're living on the edge.

Marilyn Monroe's grave

Visit a Celebrity Grave

Repeat after us: It's not macabre; it's homage! Marilyn Monroe is buried at the tiny and beautifully maintained Pierce Brothers Westwood Village alongside other celebs including Dean Martin, Natalie Wood and many more.

Try a Spiritual Exercise

We're not suggesting you join a cult or anything. But there's a whole new breed of tourist who flocks to our yoga retreats and follows their gurus here. Make like them and try the big om with meditation or Kundalini yoga.

Rooftop bar on the 16 floor Art Deco building

Enjoy a Rooftop Sunset

Want to slow down and really see the city from a fresh perspective? Try sitting on the rooftop of a 16 floor Art Deco building, sipping a signature cocktail of gin and lime juice laced with cucumber and jalapeño, while the sun is sinking behind the tall buildings.

Paramount Pictures Studio

Do the Paramount Studio Tour

You've driven by it a million times, but wouldn't the movie lover in you like to see the huge soundstages, movie props and fake locations (look, it's a New York City street!) behind the glam entry arches?

Bike Around the L.A. Boardwalk

You know all those chill peeps with the wind in their hair, piloting a beach cruiser on the boardwalk between Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier? That could be you, with a rental bike and an hour to kill.

Fountain Coffee Room in L.A.

Grab Coffee at the Beverly Hills Hotel

The Fountain Coffee Room's signature banana leaf wallpaper and retro-cool (ahem, calorie-laden) menu will take you back to the '50s. It's the perfect gossip sesh location with your bestie.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Visit a Theme Park

You can still ride roller coasters, but these days, theme parks are more about the fangirl than being flung upside down at high speeds. Universal Studios Hollywood is scratching the itch of the J. K. Rowling fan in all of us with its newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Accio fun!

Stroll Beverly Gardens Park

You know that 1.9-acre park you've always admired as you've been inching along Santa Monica Boulevard between West Hollywood and Century City? Do yourself a favor—pull over and enjoy outdoor installations including Yayoi Kasama's crazy tulips sculpture and the tourist favorite “Beverly Hills" sign.

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United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team , April 02, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom, a video conferencing tool that many people are using to stay connected.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).

  1. Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
  2. Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
  3. From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.







Working to bring people home – repatriation flights underway

By The Hub team , April 02, 2020

When and where possible, we are working to repatriate travelers who are stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teams are working closely with government officials here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where flying has been restricted to gain the necessary approvals to operate service. In regions where government actions have barred international flying, we have coordinated with the the U.S. State Department and local government officials to re-instate some flights. Additionally, we have been operating several extra flights to countries in Central America and South America as we continue to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world.

We have operated more than 56 repatriation flights from Panama City, Guatemala City, Quito, Lima, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and Roatan, bringing nearly 8,000 people home. We will continue working with government officials to operate extra flights to Houston from Quito, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and from Lima to Washington Dulles and beginning April 5, we will begin operating multiple charter flights between Delhi and San Francisco. We continue to review more opportunities for flights between the United States and other countries to bring citizens home.

Video provided by the U.S. Embassy Ecuador of Americans returning home on United.

Additionally, our Customer Solutions and Recovery team is working with customers in the following markets to rebook them on flights back to the United States as capacity allows, either on our aircraft or on one of our airline partners' planes:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Munich
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo-Haneda
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Melbourne, Australia

We also recently reinstated several international flights back into our schedule to support customers and essential businesses which depend on these routes. As a result, we will be the only airline to offer service between Newark/New York and London, San Francisco and Sydney, as well as Houston and São Paulo, Brazil.

We fly crucial medical equipment for COVID-19 testing

By The Hub team , March 31, 2020

In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.

The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.

The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.

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