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USS Iowa is must-see
when visiting L.A. area
By CARY ORDWAY
If you're looking for a chance to walk through history, you could hardly do better than one of Southern California's most unique attractions – the battleship USS Iowa, a vessel with a World War II pedigree as well as a rich history fighting America's enemies for many decades.
Visiting a warship like the USS Iowa is a perfect family adventure and appeals to Dad's fascination with all things military yet has enough wow factor to please the kids. Even Mom can appreciate the ship's contribution to history and will grow more and more fascinated as she gets an up-close look at how our fighting men live when they are on the high seas.
The USS Iowa was built in 1940 and had a long tenure serving our country – 50 years in all. It was once called the “World's Greatest Naval Ship” mainly because of her big guns, speed, armor and the modern components.
The USS Iowa is located in San Pedro, practically next door to the Los Angeles cruise ship terminals. It's a floating museum that has been carefully planned to give visitors a good look at many of the ship's features including the interior living and working spaces and the weapons systems.