One of the best parts of traveling is gaining insight into the momentous events that shaped our world today—walking the paths of predecessors, exploring ancient architecture and, in this case, visiting the beaches where World War II history was made.
Since today marks the 70th anniversary year of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that signified a shifting point in WWII, we’re taking a look at things to do and see around the momentous landmarks that receive thousands of visitors today.
Besides playing an important part in World War II, Normandy has a history and culture all its own. Sip the area’s signature apple brandy, explore the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel (pictured above) and learn about the powerful impact World War II had on the area.
Seeing the pristine beaches today, it’s hard to fathom the battles that took place in such a serene spot. To get an idea of what it was like in the 1940s, tour The D-Day Museum in Arromanches, look out over the clifftop monument at Pointe du Hoc, take in the broad expanse of Omaha Beach and visit the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where over 9,000 American soldiers are buried.
Want to see the D-Day beaches for yourself? You can experience this evocative site firsthand on our Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley tour.