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10 Must-See Military Attractions

By Josh J
May 16th, 2012 - 8:23 AM

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we wanted to highlight 10 must-see military attractions around the country. Maybe you want to take the family to a historic site to honor our military while on vacation this summer. Or maybe you want to stop by some of these attractions as you travel for your military relocation. Whatever the case, don’t miss these military attractions!

  1. Arlington Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.) -Here you can pay respect to the fallen soldiers from every conflict starting at the civil war. You can also see the “eternal flame” on the grave of President Kennedy. Don’t miss the moving ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier for the changing of the guards.
  2. Korean War Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. – While you’re in D.C., don’t miss this memorial. With 19 larger-than-life stainless steel statues reflected in granite walls and the pool of remembrance. This memorial will be a breathtaking site to see as you honor the veteran’s from the Korean War.
  3. The Gettysburg Battlefield Site in Gettysburg, PA – Here you can see the historic Civil War Battlefield. There is a museum on site where you can learn more before embarking on a journey through many spots of battlefield lore. You can even visit the David Wills House where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address.
  4. Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC – Here you can board the battleship and take your time exploring. This battleship was once the “world’s greatest sea weapon” and participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area and earned 15 battle stars. Don’t miss this neat experience to explore a piece of history!
  5. Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, HI on the island of Oahu – Don’t miss this memorial site if you’re ever in Hawaii! You’ll never forget standing on the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken ship. Admission is free to this part of the memorial. While at Pearl Harbor, you can also visit the Battleship Missouri, USS Bowfin submarine, as well as the Pacific Aviation Museum. All these historic attractions in one spot. A real gem!
  6. Mount Vernon Estate in Mount Vernon, WA – Just outside of Washington, D.C., you can visit the home of our first commander-in-chief George Washington. You can visit and tour the estate and grounds and hear all about the life of our first military leader.
  7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. – Also located in Washington D.C., you can view the memorial wall containing names of service members of the armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, died in service, and those MIA during the war. There are actually three parts to this memorial including the Memorial Wall, Three Soldiers Statue, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. The Three Soldiers is a bronze statue depicting a Marine and Army soldiers in combat. The Women’s Memorial is a beautiful bronze statue honoring women who served. It depicts two women caring for a soldier.
  8. Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA - This attraction houses the largest collection of preserved US Navy ships in the world including the Battleship USS Massachusetts, Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Submarine USS Lionfish, and PT Boats 617 and 796. They also have a “Women Protecting US” exhibit on the battleship paying tribute to women who served during WWII. Another highlight is the Pearl Harbor Experience which uses state-of-the-art technology to take you back in time.
  9. Prairie Grove Battlefield Reenactment in Pea Ridge, AR – This is a local attraction for us at U-Pack! In Northwest Arkansas, you can watch a Civil War reenactment the first full weekend in December during even years. While you may have to wait a while to catch the reenactment of the battle that saved Missouri for the Union. If you visit the Battlefield when there aren’t reenactments, you can view many historic sites.
  10. Fort Smith Air Show in Fort Smith, AR - Located in U-Pack’s backyard (we can even see the air show from our building!), is the largest free air show in the United States. This air show includes both military and civilian aviation acts. The air show usually occurs in October of odd-years. You really won’t want to miss this spectacular two-day event.

Get out there are visit these 10 must-see military attractions! Have you been to any of these attractions? Are there some you think should have made the must-see list? Share your comments with us!