Pearl Harbor
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Pearl Harbor

Once an oyster-farming backwater, this area was nicknamed the Island of Attraction and was held sacred to the shark goddess Kaahupahau. But it's forever etched into America's psyche due to the 1941 Japanese surprise attack on the naval base, which launched the U.S. into WWII's Pacific Theater. Today, around 1.6 million visitors pay their respects annually at the museums and memorials, which include the USS Bowfin, the USS Missouri and the wreck of the USS Arizona. Buy tickets online to avoid the inevitable long wait.

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