Our Pearl Harbor Tour provides visitors with an interactive way to learn about the history of World War II. It is definitely one tour that cannot be missed. The Pearl Harbor Tour provides visitors to Oahu the chance to visit the sight of this horrible event in US history and become a part of the experience of that infamous day. In 1949 the Pacific War Memorial Commission was established to create a permanent tribute to those who had lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but it wasn’t until 1958 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to create a national memorial.
Almost half of the casualties at Pearl Harbor occurred on the naval battleship USS Arizona, which was hit four times by Japanese bombers and eventually sank. In the meantime, you can visit the other attractions (USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the Pacific Aviation Museum) or explore the exhibits and store. The memorial, designed by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis and built in 1962, honors the 1,177 sailors and Marines who died aboard the battleship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The USS Arizona Memorial is an extremely popular site: It receives an average of 4,000 to 5,000 visitors a day. Jay Blount, a spokesman for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, told Hawaii News Now that the edge where the visitor ramp meets the memorial has fissures on its exterior and the loading ramp is not being properly supported. But the Arizona memorial is undoubtedly what visitors think of when they think of paying respects at Pearl Harbor.
There is still lots to do at the site, officially called the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Memorial, including the battleship Missouri, on which the Japanese surrendered, plus a museum, film, and waterside placards. After viewing the film, visitors are then boarded on a 145 passenger US Navy operated boat and experience an unforgettable ride to the USS Arizona Memorial. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service and is open daily from 7 am to 5 pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).
The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year from all over the world. Of these, five are located within Pearl Harbor itself: the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row. These historically accurate tours include; Walk the Deck of the USS Arizona Before the Attack”, Witness the Attack on Battleship Row” and Experience the USS Arizona Memorial.”
The new Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center is located in the courtyard of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and offers three incredible Pearl Harbor VR tours that are best shared with our new virtual reality technology. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is located adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.