This might be hard to believe, but the USS Arizona Memorial admission is free.
The reason that it’s free is that the USS Arizona is a cemetery. The men who died on the Arizona are still there.
It may sound too good to be true. And as they say, it usually is. One must be very lucky to get free tickets. There is a limited number of free tickets for walk-up visitors available each day. Most tickets are reserved in advance. Tour companies can reserve tickets in advance, allowing them to sell tours and guarantee that you will have an Arizona Memorial admission ticket.
When reserving in advance, tour companies pay a reservation fee. That fee is included in the tour price. For most people, it is worth the cost of the tour to have transportation, guide narration, and guaranteed tickets. Most people only visit once and trying to save money on Arizona Memorial admission only to have a 4-hour wait is not the way savvy travelers want to spend their vacation.
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