My husband and I chose to travel to Honolulu to visit Pearl Harbor. We purchased the all day passport and were reserved on the 9:00 tour of the USS Arizona. We rented a car for a few days while in Honolulu and we had our car on this day. You can also take the bus should you not want to rent a car.
We decided to get to the memorial early as we had read on here that there could be a long line to get in. We arrived at 7:00 a.m. and we were close to the front of the line. Something very important to keep in mind, you will not be allowed to bring in any types of purses or bags with you. Cell phones are fine on their own but nothing else. They will have you put your stuff in a locker that you pay for. I knew this before going but thought I would mention it again to save people from dealing with having to do that. We were let into the memorial around 7:30 a.m. and we went straight to the counter. The woman that helped us, suggested that we go on the 8:00 USS Arizona tour instead of the 9:00. So we were able to do a little of the self guided walking tour before getting on the naval boat to the USS Arizona. It is such a touching location and such a big part of the American history.
After the USS Arizona, we came back and finished our self guided walking tour. We returned our headsets and got on the bus for the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Our first stop was the Battleship Missouri Memorial. We took a free tour with a guide. The tour was ok, but the guide lost us when he became political. Sometimes it is best to leave your views to yourself and to those you know, but it did not effect our experience negatively of the Memorial. After the tour with the guide we were able to view the ship ourselves and would probably recommend skipping the tour guide and just seeing the ship yourself. It was so interesting exploring it and seeing how our military lives on these ships.
After we were done seeing the ship we decided to grab something for lunch. There was a food truck right outside the memorial and my husband had a chili dog and I had a veggie burger. We both got fries and a soda. They did not have a ton of healthy options and we were on vacation so it was ok. There is a small place where you can sit and eat as well.
Once we were done we took the bus to the pacific aviation museum. We saw a movie and then explored the 2 hangars. It was very interesting. There is another place to eat there should you decide to wait.
We then took the bus back to the last stop of our tour, the U.S.S Bowfin. On the way back it is interesting to see the homes where the military personnel live, it is still an active base and so it was cool to see some uniformed military personnel walking around. Once we arrived at the Bowfin, we did our own tour and it was so interesting once again to see how our military live on a submarine.
When we were finished we went over to the book store and met Herb Weatherwax who was a WWII veteran. It was so nice to meet him. We bought his book which he signed and took a photo with him. By this time it was about 4:00 and we were ready to go home. We will never forget our visit to these amazing sites and highly recommend a visit to all.
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