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One of the most infamous dates in American history is the December 7, 1941. At 7.55 a.m. Japanese aircraft made a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet that led directly to America’s entry into World War II. Visit the memorials and museums of the naval base and see where the war with Japan started and ended.
Begin your historical journey in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. View photographs, personal memorabilia and artifacts of the battle. Listen to recorded testimonies by those who witnessed it and watch the short documentary film in the Memorial Theater.
The most visited attraction at Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona Memorial. The 184-foot (56-meter) long white structure is built over the wreckage of the USS Arizona. The battleship sank in less than 9 minutes with the loss of 1,177 crew. Examine the memorial shrine inscribed with the names of all those who died. Look down into the water where the ship’s rusting hulk is clearly visible. The floating memorial is reached via a shuttle boat.
While the USS Arizona symbolizes the start of the Pacific War, the USS Missouri, which is moored close by, represents its end. Climb aboard to see where the Japanese signed their unconditional surrender.
The war also took place under the water. Learn about the deep-sea battles by exploring the USS Bowfin, one of the submarines that saw action in the Pacific during World War II. Walk through the vessel to see the engine room, torpedo room and sleeping quarters.
Pearl Harbor’s memorials and historic vessels are approximately a 40-minute drive from downtown Honolulu. There are free parking lots at the Visitor Center. Alternatively, you can take public transport as the harbor is on two bus routes.
Pearl Harbor is the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet and an active naval base. Strict security restrictions are in place and visitors are not permitted to bring any type of bags with them including fanny packs and camera bags. A storage facility is available at the Visitor Center and there is a charge per bag. Cameras and camcorders are allowed.
As there is a limited number of Expedia places to stay in Pearl Harbor and surroundings, you should book early if you are intent on spending the night.
Hanging out on a beach doing not much is pleasant enough, but there's nothing like having a go at new and exhilarating experiences on your getaway!
This place has a wide range of things to do. Here are some ideas to jump start your trip to Pearl Harbor:
Take a look at our Pearl Harbor things to do page for a complete list.
The room was excellent (Ocean Front) and the Rainbow towers is in a excellent spot close to the beach. We were there at the start jof the Covid-19 virus so things started to shut down or there was take out only, but every associated with the hotel was pleasant and very friendly. The prices I thought ...
The room was large and comfortable. Nice views of ocean. But The shower had a high frequency sequel aNd the was bird put all over the lanai which made the enjoyment of the view and fresh air less enjoyable. Overall it was a very good experience
Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you
What I liked most was the service, everybody was willing to help, nice and friendly. Very good location, relax atmosphere. We had breakfast included and the food was very good. Our room had ocean view and the lanai was a very pleasant place to stay while getting ready for our activities. The down ...
The accommodations were wonderful and the price was very reasonable. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this place. Specially if you’re looking for a small kitchenette.
Staff was extremely polite and helpful, room cleanliness was meh, floor had dust on it and some small stains on the carpet. I also believe the last guest left cologne in bathroom draw which was kinda gross. Hotel doesnt have much parking on site which is kinda a hassle, had to park down the road ...