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Redmond: Oregon’s Exciting Central Hub!

Downtown Redmond, Oregon on Independence Day, 2010


As one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Redmond is home to Central Oregon’s only commercial airport. It’s also the gateway to an array of natural wonders, and the charming and eclectic experience of a beautiful downtown area. Whether hiking the high mountain trails at Smith Rock or shopping for art and antiques downtown, there is an activity for everyone who visits this high-plains gem.

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While it is relatively small, Redmond offers big-city experiences that include high-caliber dining and unique shopping destinations. Stroll through Redmond archway and spend a lovely day exploring the newly remodeled downtown that offers charming and rustic shops that are run by locals. For local gifts or mementos to commemorate a visit, check out Cornerstone Book & Gifts. Fine fashions can be found at The Blvd or at Bottoms, Boots, Bags and Bling, while a treasure trove of antiques are waiting to be discovered at The Old Creamery Antiques. During the holiday season, downtown is awash in lights and cheer, and offers activities like the St. Charles Redmond Starlight Parade “Run Rudolph Run,” while the Holiday Village Market offers holiday crafts and food items in a European-styled setting surrounding the Redmond City Christmas Tree.

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The Pacific Northwest is known for farm-to-table cuisine and Redmond is no exception! Sample artisan pub food that’s made from scratch with local ingredients or one of the largest selections of meads and ciders in Central Oregon at Smith Rock Brewing Company. 7th Street Brew House came into existence as a result of the wildly energetic reception of Cascade Lakes Brewing Companies craft beers in the region. From the mug club membership to taco night, 7th Street describes itself as “the hometown favorite in Redmond.” The venue is cozy and welcoming in both warm cold seasons with garage doors that elevate to keep cool and fire pits to warm patrons on winter nights.

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Venture outside of town for an unparalleled experience at Smith Rock, one of the birth places of American sport climbing. Thousands of routes winding up the towers of volcanic ash attract climbers from all over the globe, including those heading out on more than 1,000 bolted routes. Routes are available for all levels of climbers. For those not climbing, there are also hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the park where it’s common to spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, river otter and beaver.

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument is another recreational playground for thousands of visitors each year and offers two alpine lakes – home to trophy-size brown and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee and Atlantic salmon. On top of that, there are seven different campgrounds in the crater that offering group, shoreline, or horse camping, along with boat ramps. During the winter, the crater is also a great destination for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing.

Explore the Central Oregon crossroads of Redmond by easily booking a SkyWest-operated flight from San Francisco, operating as United Express. Find the best fares today at united.com.

Devils Lake – A Jewel of the Prairie!

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Devils Lake, a jewel of the prairie, offers vacationers everything needed within a 15-minute radius: luxurious lodging, appetizing dining, historical treasures and adventurous activities suitable for all ages! Historic buildings and independent shops abound throughout downtown, while the lake – from which the town derives its name – offers more than 160,000 acres of water, hundreds of miles of shoreline and is a nationally known fisherman’s paradise.

Devils Lake is the place to be for outdoor recreation, whether it’s for unbeatable fishing or communing with nature on a wilderness hike. The largest lake in North Dakota, Devils Lake offers fishing for all skills, ages and seasons, and is known as the Perch Capital of the World. Cozy cabins line the shoreline and provide an ideal home base to enjoy the lake. If fishing is not on the agenda then enjoy a sunset pontoon cruise or the exhilaration of jet skiing through the refreshing spray. Sullys Hill offers breathtaking views of the hill and lake with its wilderness hiking trails, and Grahams Island State Park offers unparalleled scenery along its trails. This central flyway is also a hunter’s paradise and offers an opportunity to find duck, geese, grouse, partridge and even pheasant. Archery hunting for deer is also exceptional with varied terrain and excellent cover. Just bundle up in camo against a morning chill and reach a hunting limit by noon!

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Throughout the year, Devils Lake is the setting for exciting annual events throughout the different seasons. Billed as North America’s Hottest Car Show, Devils Run, this classic car show and auction is the largest in the state. Held the first weekend in June draws participants from around the country. As the temperature cools off, ShiverFest offers an exciting collection of winter activities that takes place annually in February. Enjoy a mite hockey tournament (for little skaters), youth ice fishing tournament, kite flying, a golf course on the ice, snowmobile oval races, gun show, sleigh rides, pond hockey tournament, home-based business showcase and much, much more.

After enjoying so many outdoor activities, be sure to indulge in some dining spots that focus on the local scenery and history. Proz Lakeside of the Cove offers stunning views with indoor and outdoor seating, while a cozy fireplace sets the mood in winter. The Ranch Steakhouse offers an unforgettable experience in a setting converted from a working barn in 1946. Try the top -quality steaks, and enjoy the full bar and wine service.

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Whether it’s a trip to indulge in the great wilderness opportunities that Devils Lake has to offer or the attraction of a local festival, be sure to plan an exciting trip today by booking a convenient United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, at united.com today!

Jamestown – The Pride of the Prairie!

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Known as the “Pride of the Prairie,” charming Jamestown, North Dakota is located midway between the state capital of Bismarck and Fargo, the state’s largest city. Jamestown prides itself on its warm and welcoming hospitality, and as a year-round vacation destination offering exciting entertainment, comfortable accommodations and fine dining that are sure to provide an exceptional experience.

Outdoor adventurers can choose from more than 35 miles of trails, including short, paved and scenic routes; along with long, natural, challenging hikes – perfect for every fitness level! One favorite is the Jamestown Reservoir Trail, which also brings visitors to one of Jamestown’s premium recreational areas. With more than 45 miles of shoreline and 2,000 acres of surface area, visitors can enjoy boating and fishing from seven different launch areas, camping, beaches and even 24-hole disc golf along the reservoir!

No trip to Jamestown is completely without a visit to Frontier Village where original buildings from the North Dakota frontier have been relocated and filled with historic artifacts. Guests will have a chance to learn about Western frontier history, view exciting Wild West shoot-outs, experience stagecoach and pony rides, and view local art in the Kirkpatrick Art Gallery.

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One of Jamestown’s most popular roadside attractions has been standing watch over the city since 1959. The 26-foot-tall, 60-ton buffalo, named Dakota Thunder, will delight kids of all ages. Rare, white buffalo, considered sacred in some Native American traditions, also roam in pastures near the National Buffalo Museum as visitors learn about the history and significance of these incredible creatures.

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Fans of the famed Western author, Louis L’Amour, will enjoy their time in Jamestown seeing the Historic Franklin School where he received most of his formal education. Afterward, take a trip the Alfred Dickey Public Library, one of the places that helped to stimulate Louis’ love for the written word.

Whether seeking a historical frontier experience or just the chance to indulge in the great outdoors of North Dakota, Jamestown in a perfect fit! Visit today by booking a convenient United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, at united.com.

Eau Claire – More Than Meets the Eye!

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Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Manager

While Wisconsin is widely known for being the land of cheese, communities like Eau Claire also provide visitors with a huge variety of recreational activities and unique adventures that will make any trip unforgettable.

Located on the western side of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (pronounced O’Claire) is the Kubb Capital of North America. Kubb is thought to have originated with the Vikings and is often described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. During the last several years the sport has seen a spike in popularity in the U.S., and in Eau Claire in particular where every summer they host the U.S. National Kubb Championship. This multi-day competition draws hundreds of people to several local parks where they have the chance to go head to head in an effort to earn a spot in the championship match.

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For those interested in less organized sport, Eau Claire offers many more activities for vacationers. During the summer, there are trails a plenty for hikers, bikers and even inline skaters. They city actually maintains more than 21 miles of trails, including a section of the popular Chippewa River Recreation Trail that stretches more than 30 miles in total.

For music fans, Eau Claire is the perfect home base for anyone looking to enjoy the nearby Country Fest or Rock Fest held in Cadott, Wisconsin – just 24 miles away. The area is home to a natural 380-acre amphitheater, making it the perfect venue for musician lovers to see some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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Of course, no trip would be complete without the chance to check out some of Eau Claire’s fine wineries, microbreweries and distilleries. The Lazy Monk Brewery offers tours and a tasting of their traditional Czech and German Lagers on several days throughout the week. For a more refined palette, check out the urban winery and distillery at Infinity Beverages in downtown Eau Claire to enjoy a great atmosphere and even a chance to see how they create some of their incredible spirits.

Whether joining the Kubb National Championship, enjoying the outdoor beauty the area has to offer or rocking out to your favorite band, come see everything Eau Claire has to offer! Daily United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines from Chicago to Eau Claire make it more convenient than ever. Book today at united.com.

Explore “Dinosaurland” in Vernal, Utah!

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Where in the world is Vernal, Utah? While it may appear to be just a small community in northeastern Utah, Vernal is home to stunning scenery, unparalleled recreation areas and even some prehistoric remains. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the adventure and excitement this community offers!

First-time visitors should not miss the chance to step back in time at Dinosaur National Monument. With more than 1,500 dinosaur bones – including some 149-million-year-old fossils that can be touched – and the legendary “Wall of Bones,” the facility is beyond impressive. Presentations and exhibits are also available to explain more about the quarry and the dinosaurs that it contains. After exploring the Jurassic world, don’t forget to take advantage of the whitewater rafting, hiking and camping that’s available within the Dinosaur National Monument.

Dinosaur National Monument

Just north of Vernal lies the High Uinta Wilderness. The area was established in 1984 and is the largest wilderness in Utah at more than 460,000 acres! Here, visitors discover the peaceful backdrop of beautiful, pristine mountains with areas that are perfect for everything from hiking, fishing and horseback riding, to backpacking and hunting. For those with a less rugged constitution, the splendor of the Uinta mountains can be enjoyed by driving along Highway 150, formerly known as Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. This route stretches 42 miles through the mountains and forest from Kamas, Utah to Evanston, Wyoming and affords some of the most stunning high-mountain driving views anywhere in the nation.

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Vernal is also proud to be a gateway for Flaming Gorge National Recreation Center; which attracts more than two million visitors per year. Flaming Gorge consists of more than 207,000 acres of water and land with the Flaming Gorge Reservoir being one of the top attractions as it provides outstanding opportunities for houseboating, fishing, skiing and other water sports. Fishing enthusiasts in particular may be challenged to find a better locale outside of Flaming Gorge where it’s not uncommon to haul in 30-pound lake trout, along with rainbows, brown trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass.

From the high mountains to desert scenery and everything in between, Vernal is a virtual paradise and center for adventure and excitement in the great outdoors! Book a convenient flight right into the heart of the action on a SkyWest-operated Delta Connection flight at www.Delta.com today!

Experience Colorado’s Unique Melting Pot – Pueblo!

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Pueblo, Colorado is a unique community that has been shaped by a variety of races and cultures as it has grown into the fascinating city it is today. In the early 20th century, Pueblo was one of the largest steel producing cities in the nation, earning it the title “Steel City.” Today, it’s a popular destination for tourists, food lovers and many more looking for an unforgettable experience at any time of the year!

Pueblo has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 Foodie Cities by Livability.com and it’s no surprise with mouth-watering events like the Chile & Frijole Festival paying homage to two of the Pueblo area’s best loved crops! Don’t miss out on sampling the region’s famously favorite comfort food by trying a Green Chile Slopper, which consists of a hamburger or cheeseburger smothered in chili sauce. These creations are then topped with chopped onions and oyster crackers or French fries for an unbelievable result. Discover this taste sensation at a number of local eateries including Papa Jose’s Union Café, Jorge’s Sombrero, and the Riverwalk Restaurant and Lounge!

Visitors looking for inspiration should look no farther than Pueblo’s unique cultural offerings available at First Friday Art Walk. Here, tourists and shoppers are able to explore an area packed with art galleries, independent cafes, street sculptures and theatrical performers. At any time of the month a visit to Pueblo is incomplete without a stroll down the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project where a large concentration of independent businesses wind through the city center.

Pueblo Downtown River Walk

One of Colorado’s most popular state parks, Pueblo State Park, is just 15 miles from Pueblo Memorial Airport and offers an array of outdoors recreational pursuits for those wanting to really get out into the wild west of the region. Located on nearly 10,000 acres of land the park boasts a year-round mild climate and is an ideal place for visitors to spend a few days enjoying this natural gem. Get wet with activities like sailing, boating around the lake, tubing on the river and fishing. Land lubbers can enjoy miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and just exploring nature. Those looking for a more refined outdoor experience can also play a round at the Pueblo Country Club or the Walking Stick Golf Course in town.

This dynamic community continues to grow and change ensuring the need for a return visit! Start an adventure in Pueblo by booking a convenient SkyWest-operated United Express flight today at united.com.

Stunning Scenery Sets St. George, Utah Apart

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Caitlin Miller
People Programs Coordinator

Few places in the world can compare to the stunning scenery in Southern Utah, making it a must-see destination for travelers who are looking for gorgeous landscapes, relaxation, solitude, adventure and inspiration.

St. George, Utah (SGU) is the perfect starting point to begin the scenic adventure of a lifetime. The city is conveniently located near three National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon, as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument. There are also numerous State Parks including, Snow Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Gunlock, Quail Lake and Sand Hollow. In any other state these areas would be National Parks but here natural beauty seems to be everywhere.

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One of the gems of Southern Utah and the most popular destination in the area is Zion National Park. Zion is about an hour drive northeast of St. George and welcomes approximately three million visitors a year. For those visiting the park, the little town of Springdale right at the entrance can be used as a convenient base when exploring everything Zion has to offer. It’s also home to some of the best restaurants in Southern Utah! So while a packed lunch can help ensure visitors don’t miss out on anything in the park, the breakfast and dinner options in Springdale are exceptional and shouldn’t be missed! Oscar’s Cafe is the all-around local favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is known for their hiker’s granola, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, southwest dishes and incredible sweet potato fries. For some additional variety, the Bit and Spur Restaurant and Saloon or The Spotted Dog are both fantastic dining options.

When accessing the park, it’s simple to hop on one of the complimentary shuttles that run up the canyon from April through October, or just driving in during the winter months. Once inside, the two must-do hikes are Angels Landing and the Narrows. Angels Landing is about five miles roundtrip and usually takes four to five hours to complete. The trail starts at the bottom of the canyon, and climbs 1,500 feet to a point on top of a pinnacle in the middle of the canyon. The views from the top can’t be replicated, but note that anyone who is nervous about heights should proceed with caution as it’s a bird’s eye view! The Narrows starts at the Riverside Walk trail and continues up the Virgin River where the canyon continually becomes more narrow – at times only 20 feet wide. The hike is literally in the river, so those making their way up should be prepared to get wet! This is a great hike to do at virtually any pace, trekking up along the river and turning back whenever needed.

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Those with time for just one of these two iconic hikes should choose the Narrows in the summer and Angels Landing in the winter. The Narrows is great for the summer when temperatures are often over 100 degrees, because hiking in the water makes it easy to stay nice and cool. Angels Landing, on the other hand, can get very busy in the summer and is more enjoyable in the winter when crowds and temperatures are down. While these are the two most popular hikes in the canyon, there are dozens of other hikes to keep even the most advanced adventure seekers busy for days.

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After exploring Zion National Park, visitors should plan to spend some time enjoying the scores of other entertaining activities in the area. Within the St. George area, there are more than 50 mountain biking trails, the most popular of which are the Gooseberry Mesa trails, Zen Trail, Bear Claw Poppy, Barrel Roll, J.E.M. and Little Creek. For hiking outside of Zion or the state parks, the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve offers more than 60,000 acres of desert that is just waiting to be explored. For fun in the water, Gunlock, Sand Hollow and Quail Lake State Parks each offer areas to swim, boat, fish, cliff dive or just relax. And with more than 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of all the different outdoor activities.

Of course after spending so much time outside, many travelers will turn to serenity through pampering at one of two world-class spas: Red Mountain and Green Valley. Each offers a full selection of treatments that can help guest rejuvenate while surrounded by beautiful desert landscapes.

With such stunning scenery and so many diverse activities, be sure to get here quick! Delta Connection flights from Salt Lake City, Utah, and United Express flights from Denver, Colorado – all operated by SkyWest Airlines – are available daily. Book today at www.Delta.com or united.com.

West Yellowstone – The Gateway to Adventure!

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Laura Hesson
Executive Administrative Assistant

Hearing the words “West Yellowstone” immediately brings to mind Yellowstone National Park and all the beauty that it holds. West Yellowstone was incorporated in 1966 but has existed as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s welcoming 3.5 million people each year. And, it’s no surprise! Yellowstone National Park spans approximately 2.2 million acres, and offers more than 300 thermal features and 200 waterfalls. It is truly a captivating place where the surroundings seem larger than life and shape a huge outdoor playground waiting to be conquered.

The early summer is a fabulous time around West Yellowstone. Visitors can take advantage of the trails in the Gallatin National Forests, as well as, scenic drives, wildlife watching and unmatched photographic opportunities. Caution is suggested as grizzly bears are common in the Greater Yellowstone area.

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Of course, a trip to Yellowstone National park wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Old Faithful. Imagine sitting on a bench watching Old Faithful erupt and taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the snow-covered mountains in the background. The iconic geyser spews anywhere from 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of water into the air each time it erupts, reaching heights of 106-184 feet. Each blast lasts between 1.5 to 5 minutes. But don’t get too close. The water temperature at the vent has been measured at 204 degrees Fahrenheit and the steam temperature can top more than 350 degrees Fahrenheit!

Don’t forget about the variety of other geysers and mud pots, forests and lakes, historic cabins and prehistoric sites, along with the enormous bison that seem to be everywhere. With so much to see and do, be sure to spend a few days to take it all in. If possible, start the day early in the morning, which is the best time to see all the wildlife on the move near the rivers and streams. Outdoor enthusiast’s high expectations will be met at every bend.

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For those wanting something a little less adventurous, be sure to visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. This unique facility provides a grand opportunity to experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves up close and personal in a safe environment. In town, visitors can also take the Historic Walking Tour by following the green Bear Paw Trail that’s painted on the sidewalk. It’s a great way to relive the early years of West Yellowstone.

After a day of exploring the park and surrounding area, an amazing place to stay is one of the new, unique Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone. Families, couples and groups will have a one-of-a-kind vacation experience in a casual setting.  Unlike a typical hotel, guests will enjoy sitting by a cozy fireplace and relishing in all the comforts of home in a private cabin. For dinner, the Branch Restaurant is a great open-range cuisine restaurant where beef and game dishes are infused with local flavor and served alongside a selection of regional microbrews and hand-crafted premium cocktails. And to finish it all off, enjoy some good old-fashioned S’mores provided free of charge to all Explorer Cabin guests.

Seasonal SkyWest flights, operating as Delta Connection, are available every day from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone (WYS) making it incredibly easy to fill the need for the great outdoors. Book an exciting vacation today by visiting www.Delta.com.

Welcome to the Team, E175!

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Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Manager

SkyWest Airlines reached a new milestone this past week with the official launch of its first Embraer E175 aircraft into commercial service! The inaugural flight, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 17 represented a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work by many SkyWest employees during the last 15 months. Within the next two years, SkyWest will take delivery of 40 new E175s that will operate under an agreement with United Airlines.

The E175 is the fifth aircraft type in SkyWest’s current fleet, and from full-sized cargo-bins to larger aisles and seats, it’s filled with enhanced features that will help ensure every passenger enjoys a comfortable, convenient flight.

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