Located on Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Aviation Museum is contained within one of the original WWII airplane hangers that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. This tour is a great way to learn about the history of the war as well as see some of the original planes that participated in the attack, fully restored to the condition they were in more than 60 years ago. For those interested in WWII, the Pearl Harbor tour is one of the best ways to experience it.
Honolulu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. When visiting the capital of the Aloha State, consider these top family friendly attractions.
Waikiki summons images of gnarly waves and pristine sand across the globe. This series of beaches, which once hosted Hawaiian royalty, is now a popular haunt for tourists and locals. Visitors will find a statue honoring the legendary Duke Kahanamoku at Kuhio Beach. Families will enjoy swimming at San Souci Beach. Fort DeRussy Beach has a park and incredible snorkeling opportunities.
Even though visiting Hawaii can be expensive, you can have a great time in Honolulu without spending a dime. Below are five free attractions where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, watch world class surfers or learn more about the Hawaii’s colorful history.
US Army Museum of Hawaii, 2131 Kalia Road – Next to the Ft DeRussy Recreation Center in Waikiki, this former bunker has been converted into a museum that showcases decades of military presence in Hawaii. With a real AH-1 Cobra helicopter, WWII tanks and anti-aircraft guns, the museum strives for a “you were there” atmosphere, especially if you take the self-guided audio tour.
The most famous and most widely visited site in the Honolulu/Waikiki Beach area is the historic Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was one of many American battleships that went under attack in Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy on December 7, 1941. On that infamous day, 1,177 United States military personnel perished on board the USS Arizona, which sunk to the bottom of Pearl Harbor.
Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in our armed forces, is celebrated annually on November 11. The United States has celebrated Veterans Day since 1919 and falls on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Other countries celebrate a day similar to Veterans Day on November 11 (also known as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day). Veterans Day is a perfect chance to visit places that are important to the country’s history and military tradition and to say “Thank You” to those fought for our freedom. Here are our top Veterans Day destinations in the United States: