A trip to Oahu is not complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor. This historic site was bombed on December 7, 1941, thrusting the United States into World War II. At ABC Auto Center, we’ve detailed the four Pearl Harbor destinations you don’t want to miss.
1. USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Oahu. The memorial was built directly above the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which is easily visible below the surface of the water. Free tours include a short documentary and a boat ride to the memorial. The memorial is currently closed for renovations, but is slated to reopen in the spring of 2019.
2. Pacific Aviation Museum
Lovers of planes and aviation must visit the Pacific Aviation Museum. This museum is located on Ford Island, and is home to two aircraft hangars and the Ford Island Field Control Tower. Additionally, visitors will observe a myriad of planes from the era. The museum also houses a coffee shop, gift shop, and the ever-popular combat flight simulators.
3. Battleship Missouri Memorial
The USS Missouri was commissioned into action in 1944 and served in active duty for 16 years. The ship is open for both guided and unguided tours. Visitors can roam the deck and explore the crew quarters, mess hall, engine room, and more. The Surrender Deck is also a popular attraction; this is the exact spot where Japanese representatives signed the surrender documents that ended the war!
4. USS Bowfin Submarine
Because of its cramped interior, a visit to the USS Bowfin is not for the faint of heart. However, if you can withstand the tight spaces, exploring the Bowfin gives great insight into the daily lives of sailors and Marines. This sub was nicknamed the “Pearl Harbor Avenger” for sinking 44 enemy ships during its nine patrols. Admission tickets come with a complimentary audio tour, which allows visitors to explore at their own pace.
Travel to Pearl Harbor requires reliable transportation. With our two convenient locations, ABC Auto Center provides affordable, quality vehicles to meet your transportation needs. We offer convenient Honolulu airport pick-up and drop-off services for a small fee, making your Oahu travel a cinch. Whether you need a truck, van, SUV, or car rental, our low prices and friendly customer service will make all the difference for your island adventure. Make your reservation online or call (808) 676-7044 today.