Pearl Harbor, site of the deadliest military assault on US soil, is now a memorial to those who lost their lives in the attack and the wider Pacific War, as well as a still-active deep-water naval base. When you embark on a Hawaiian sojourn, be sure to reserve an afternoon for this moving experience. If you stay in a vacation rental near Pearl Harbor, all the better; this will also give you access to the sights of Honolulu.
USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
The resting place of 1,102 sailors and Marines, you will travel by boat to the site of the memorial after watching a short film presentation.
Pearl Harbor Circle of Remembrance
The onshore memorial to the men and women who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor is a stone circle, inscribed with the names of all the victims.
Pear Harbor Visitor Center exhibits
This museum offers further history behind the attack on Pearl Harbor, and goes on to show how the US won the Pacific War.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is free to visit, but because there are limited numbers of daily boat trips to the USS Arizona Memorial site, you may wish to book online in advance. A limited number of tickets are made available each day, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in the area charge a small admission fee.
Check your bags
No bags are allowed at any of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, as the area is still an active military base. There is a baggage storage facility in the Visitor Center which charges per item (check online in advance).
The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and January 1. There are special ceremonies on Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th.