|View from Shore|
|USS Arizona Memorial|
If you've never been to Pearl Harbor, it is an absolute must-see. Its humble simplicity and reverence are truly amazing. If you ask people here about going, they're likely to make it sound like a nightmare trip. They'll say, "ah, it's too late, you'll never make it" or "oh man, that's too far to go unless you leave at 6am." Tell them to shut up. Better yet, don't ask anyone. I have been there several times - on weekdays and weekends - in the middle of the day, and have never had a problem getting a ticket for the next available boat. When you walk in, go to the information desk and ask for a ticket to the USS Arizona Memorial. The ticket grants you access to the water taxi (necessary to get to the Memorial) that leaves every 30-45 minutes. The ticket is free, but there is an optional $6 audio tour that I highly recommend. There are also two other ships, the USS Missouri Battleship ($20) and USS Bownfin Submarine ($10), which show visitors what the inside of a battleship and submarine are like, including living quarters for sailors. Before walking over to the water taxi, make sure you stop and listen to the 23-minute video (free) that is on a constant loop. The video describes the morning of the attack with tremendous detail, including the escalation of conflict between the U.S. and Japan that led to the attack. There is also a memorial to all the submarines and crew that died in WWII, which is pretty interesting. It is all really awe-inspiring and I recommend making the trip.
|Names of Those Who Died on the USS Arizona|