Battleship Missouri Memorial#9 in Best Things To Do in Honolulu - Oahu
Launched in 1944, the USS Missouri (or "Mighty Mo") is best known for hosting a meeting between Allied and Axis representatives that led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War II. After the war, the ship served in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm before docking in Pearl Harbor and opening as a memorial. It holds the distinction of being the world's last active service battleship.
According to recent visitors, the Battleship Missouri Memorial's war artifacts and exhibits complement the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument's displays. Many past travelers also praised the attraction's knowledgeable tour guides. However, some wished bags could be taken on board and suggested leaving personal items behind to avoid paying a $5 per bag storage fee.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located next to Central Oahu's USS Arizona Memorial. Standard admissions cost $29 for adults and $13 for kids ages 4 to 12 and include access to the Main Deck, the Below Decks and the Above Decks, as well as a 35-minute guided tour or a self-guided tour with or without an audio guide. Upgraded tickets with extended guided tours and combined tickets that cover Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park entrance fees are also offered.
In addition to the memorial's exhibits, travelers will find restrooms, a gift shop and three quick service eateries on-site. To reach the ship, visitors can take bus No. 42 to the USS Arizona Memorial stop, pay for transfers from select hotels, hop on Waikiki Trolley's Purple Line or drive. Free parking is provided at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and complimentary shuttle service is offered between the attraction and the visitor center. The property is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, excluding select holidays. To learn more, check out the memorial's website.
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#1 Waikiki Beach
Nineteenth-century Hawaiian royalty used to come to the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki to relax and surf, just as scores of tourists do today. That's because this area's famous beach (which is a string of several beaches dotting the island's southwest coastline) is the go-to spot for its soft, honey-colored sand and the high waves that lap the shores during the winter months. But you don't have to be a surfer to appreciate Waikiki Beach; just lie back on a beach towel, relax and gaze up at the majestic Diamond Head State Monument in the distance.
When you need a break from the beach itself, there are scores of shops and restaurants lining the adjacent Kalakaua Avenue. The street is home to some of the world's most exclusive (read: expensive) designer boutiques, including Cartier, Coach, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Many of the best Oahu hotels also overlook Waikiki Beach.
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