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World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

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  • Free; audio tours cost $7.50 per person
  • Hours vary

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  • Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • Facilities
    3.5
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Located northwest of downtown Honolulu in the Central Oahu region of the island, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is home to the USS Arizona Memorial, which is the final resting place of 1,177 sailors killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. The sunken battleship is still visible from the memorial floating above it.

You can expect a long wait time and plenty of people at this attraction, but visitors almost unanimously agree that the experience is more than worth it. For fewer headaches when visiting, travelers recommend arriving before 9 a.m. if you plan on getting a walk-in ticket (only 1,300 are distributed per day on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 7 a.m.). You can also reserve one up to two months in advance on the monument's ticket portal. Note: Both kinds of timed passes are free, but a $1.50 service fee applies for tickets acquired online.

Tours of the USS Arizona Memorial – which are available between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily – include watching a documentary about the ship, a 15-minute visit to the memorial and boat rides to and from the site. For $7.50, you can also opt for a one-hour audio tour that offers a more in-depth look at the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On-site facilities include a free parking lot, a bookstore, a theater, restrooms and several indoor and outdoor exhibits. There's also a visitor center, which is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only clear see-through bags are permitted inside the monument's buildings; if you do not have a clear bag with you, you may leave your bag in the property's storage area for $4. To get to the monument, plan on driving, taking the bus or hopping on Waikiki Trolley's Purple Line. Visit the National Park Service's website for additional information.

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