Are you looking for an excursion this coming Veterans Day to honor those who have fought for our country? Here are five Veterans Day trips you can’t leave off your bucket list.
Patriotic Veterans Day Trips
Oahu, Hawaii – Pearl Harbor Warbirds flight over Pearl Harbor
By far one of the most incredible Veterans Day trips, this experience takes you on a journey through history. More specifically, a piece of history that happened in 1941 and careened the United States into WWII. On a flight by Pearl Harbor Warbirds, you’ll soar over sites hit during the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. The aircraft is just as significant; it’s a classic SNJ airplane.
During the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure—just one of several Pearl Harbor Warbirds flight opportunities—you’ll experience an immersive, two-hour adventure. It lets you relive history as a Naval Aviator. The perfect present for your dad awaits: you suit up in authentic WWII-era flight gear, receive aviation equipment, survival training, and a pre-flight briefing. Then, you’ll hop into the cockpit of an SNJ-5C for a one-hour flight around Oahu that follows some of the flight routes of the Japanese attackers. You’ll fly over actual battlefields as the thrill of flight melds with history in this unique return to WWII.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Mount Rushmore
You can’t get much more patriotic than adding Mount Rushmore to your list of Veterans Day trips. You’ll first learn about the grueling work that went into carving four former presidents’ faces into the side of a granite mountain. Then, you’ll marvel at the attention to detail the carvers took in sculpting out the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. What’s more—there’s a ceremony each evening recognizing U.S. Military veterans on a stage tucked under the monument.
New York, New York – Statue of Liberty
This trip should be booked in advance; trips to the Statue of Liberty can sometimes fill up quickly. Trips to the top (with windows looking out of her crown) are even more difficult to pin down. However—it’s worth it! After taking a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, you can see the Big Apple’s famous skyscrapers across the water. This is one of the coolest Veterans Day trips to pencil into your bucket list.
Washington, D.C. – Our Capital
Honoring the history of the United States and those who fought for our freedoms can be done anywhere—but one of the best Veterans Day trips is in the heart of our history. Don’t miss the sights of Washington, D.C.—which include the White House, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and more. You’ll feel proud to be an American after touring our nation’s capital this Veterans Day!
Hannibal, Missouri – “America’s Hometown”
It’s not one of the most well-known Veterans Day trips—but it should be. Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, using his childhood experiences to craft the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. You can explore the Mark Twain Cave, or take the Mark Twain Riverboat along the Mighty Mississippi River. Hannibal offers a classic small-town America feel, the streets lined with small shops, galleries and historical learning opportunities. Enjoy one of the lesser-known Veterans Day trips in “America’s Hometown!”
Soap Lake, Washington
Soap Lake, Washington was made famous during the WWI era, when day spas were a thing of the future and rubbing black mud on your body was a thing of the present. Soap Lake has one of the highest mineral concentrations of any body of water on earth. It’s medicinal and healing powers attracted visitors from around the world – and still does to this day. For a blast back to the WWI era, consider visiting Soap Lake this Veteran’s Day.
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Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Immerse yourself in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Furthermore, you can fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. Hawaii offers many air tours, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience, which makes it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Experience an immersive two-hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator and fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.