The United States is a huge country, there’s no denying that. This means as much as many people would like to be able to explore the vast expanse of land that it encompasses, it may be quite difficult to do. It is a place filled with rich history and countless areas full of interesting events and beauty. That being said, there are a number of places which are considered the most popular travel and tourist destinations and the tropical paradise of Hawaii right in the backyard of the States is one of the most sought after destinations and many different types of tours are available to fit your time and or budget.
The islands of Hawaii are a beautiful chain of landmasses rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. These islands are actually the topmost sections of underwater mountains, a range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. They were formed over many millions of years over a hotspot on the Earth where volcanic activity took place. Pineapples, one of the state’s most popular products and symbols were well known before Hawaii was even part of the Union. As a matter of fact, hero of the Revolutionary War and first President of the United States, George Washington was known to have grown pineapples in his hothouse at Mount Vernon.
A trip to Hawaii and particularly Oahu tours will likely include a Pearl harbor visit on the agenda. Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous and possibly infamous places in American history, as it was the site of the 1941 surprise attack by the Japanese that threw the United States into World War II. Information on pearl harbor is widely available in both print media and on the internet as well as information on the different types of tours that are available. The island of Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place” although the word has no meaning in Hawaiian other than simply being a name. Americans gather at Pear Harbor on the island, particularly at the USS Arizona Memorial that commemorates the military personnel that were killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. In 1945 on September 2nd, peace was finally reached between the Allied and Axis powers aboard the USS Missouri where a solemn ceremony was held in hopes to “conclude an agreement by which peace can be restored”.