Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Call to Duty: Pearl Harbor Museums & Memorials
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Approimately 9 Hours
Revisit key historic moments from World War II -- from Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to its surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri -- on a full-day tour that pays homage to Hawaii's central role in the events that shaped history.
Your day begins when you journey by small, luxury mini-coach along the Nimitz Highway, snacking on a locally-made fresh pastry and a bottle of cold water. Listen to an informative World War II narration, as well as tips on making the most of your visit -- a day of reflection and discovery with a small group and a knowledgeable navigator.
At the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, an introductory video presentation highlights the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as actual footage filmed in 1941. Then, board a Navy shuttle for a harbor tour around the magnificent USS Arizona Memorial -- a striking, 184-foot-long site that rests above the sunken battleship. This is a solemn reminder of the 1,177 crewmen who rest within (75 bodies were recovered, 1,102 remain entombed there).
Step into the life of a sailor at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. The Balao-class submarine, launched one year after the December 7 attack, and dubbed the Pearl Harbor Avenger, is one of the most celebrated war vessels in United States history. It is the best-preserved submarine from World War II and has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior.
After touring the submarine, visit the adjacent museum, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts within its 10,000 square feet of galleries.
Continue your travels to Ford Island and climb aboard the USS Missouri battleship -- the Mighty Mo. Explore beneath the decks to see what it took for this grand ship to operate her massive gun turrets, and imagine the moment when the Japanese signed the surrender documents on board, ending the war.
Before leaving Pearl Harbor, visit the hangars of the Pacific Aviation Museum for a look at the aviation history of the United States. A documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack is narrated by pilots. A host of fighter planes, including the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, are on display, and you will be intrigued by the fascinating exhibit on Amelia Earhart.
Enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch provided by the Laniakea Café.
Back on the mini-coach, relax and watch the sights go by as you conclude with a drive through the lively streets and past some of Honolulu top landmarks -- the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, Iolani Palace and Kawaiaha'o Church. Watch for Punchbowl Cemetery -- the final resting place of more than 35,000 Americans (including 776 who perished at Pearl Harbor) who gave their lives in service of their country. Return to the pier after this incredible day of history, patriotism and pride.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. In the unlikely event that the harbor cruise around the Arizona Memorial is cancelled due to exogenous factors (including inclement weather, rains, high winds, water debris and/or Navy cancellation), additional time will be offered for visiting many of the Arizona exhibits and visitor center. The National Park Service has closed the Arizona Memorial indefinitely for repairs. During this period, the Navy tenders' ability to dock at the USS Arizona Memorial has been suspended. Participants will still enjoy a comprehensive experience at Pearl Harbor with the wealth of attractions available at this iconic site. When repairs are completed and docking resumes, this tour will include a visit to the Arizona Memorial. Due to increased security measures, the following items are prohibited along with any other items that allow concealment: backpacks, diaper bags, fanny packs, camera bags, purses, luggage, shopping bags, and large cameras. Baggage storage will be available at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for a nominal fee. There may be a delay at Pearl Harbor as timed entrance tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. While waiting, you can visit the exhibition center, view the interpretive displays depicting the attack, or purchase a light refreshment from the cafe (at your own expense). Modest attire is required for the cruise around the USS Arizona memorial; sandals are permitted, but short shorts, tank tops, swimsuits, clothing with inappropriate slogans, etc., are not allowed.