While the majority of World War II landmarks are in Europe, there are several incredible monuments and museums in the United States. If you are a WWII enthusiast or hoping to learn more about it, here are four locations you won’t want to miss.
1. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
If you’re interested in a thorough education on the American experience during WWII, you won’t want to miss this museum. It is well worth the trip to New Orleans to see the many unique exhibits and opportunities that this museum has to offer. Michael Canzian said of his experience ” Excellent tour guides, a highly organized agenda, excellent accommodations, great food, and amazing new friendships are sure to come your way.”
2. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
To get a different perspective on the American WWII experience, you’ll want to visit this site in Alabama. Here you’ll learn about African American pilots’ contribution to the war effort; how they had to overcome racism in their own country in order to help fight fascism abroad. You’ll come away from this experience with a unique perspective that isn’t often told in history class.
3. Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA
At this location, you’ll learn about the experiences of those who fought at sea. There are five Historic National Landmark ships as well as a museum to explore. The battleships are available to tour to give guests a realistic feel for how cramped and claustrophobic the sailors were. For a truly immersive experience that will feel like you’re right there with the sailors, this is a great choice.
4. Battleships Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, HI
This memorial is a little out of the way but is a must-see if you ever visit Hawaii. It is expansive and can easily fill up an entire day with all the experiences available. There are both guided tours and the ability to explore on your own. It is one of a kind and you will leave with a new understanding and appreciation for the events that took place there.
These are just a few of the many incredible ways to learn about World War II here in the United States. Experiencing these places in person will you help you better appreciate the sacrifices that were made during the war and the people who made them. Don’t hesitate to travel to your nearest WWII site and learn more about these inspiring and heartbreaking moments in history.