A maze of steel and gallant history, the USS Midway sits in the San Diego Harbor beckoning guests to venture aboard and experience 61 years of United States military action. The only remaining World War II aircraft carrier of her class, USS Midway houses an astounding naval aviation museum with exhibits, including the engine room, sleeping quarters, jail, pilots' ready room and bridge. Its a great place to bring the entire family and experience a hands on, up close look at the USS Midway and its military marvels. Take the audio or guided tours and experience flight simulators, short films, music videos, active-duty military ceremonies, conversations with pilots, and actually climbing aboard aircraft and cockpits! With so much history housed within her hull, the USS Midway is a fascinating San Diego attraction.
USS Midway History
The longest serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the USS Midway was completed in 1945 and was the first US warship ever to be to big to maneuver through the Panama Canal. The USS Midway saw many modernizations and renovations throughout her early life that eventually left her with an enclosed hurricane bow and a massive, four-acre flight deck. But size was not the USS Midway's only claim to fame. While she played a small role in the Korean War in the 1950's and Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990's, the USS Midway was a key player in US naval actions during the Vietnam War, specifically in the first and last air-to-air strikes and the rescue of South Vietnamese Air Force Major Buang-Ly in 1975. Her Vietnam War service garnered the USS Midway a Presidential Unit Citation from President Nixon, the third highest naval decoration after the Medal of Honor and Navy Distinguished Service Metal. The USS Midway's service continued throughout the 20th century and she was finally moored in Downtown San Diego.
San Diego County Hotel
History buffs will love our charming hotel only 30 minutes away in the beautiful town of Alpine. Ayres Lodge Alpine offers affordable accommodations for your USS Midway adventure, with complimentary extended continental breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi and free shuttle service to and from the nearby Viejas Casino.Experience the rich background of the USS Midway then beat the downtown crowds in deluxe guestrooms with European-inspired furnishings and Ayres Dream Sleeper beds. Make your USS Midway hotel stay comfortable and convenient.