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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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Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. 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. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

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.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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