Lucky you! Omaha beach is a really beautiful spot, but if you have the time I suggest going to the World War II Memorial Museum in Caen before you go to the beach. Since you have the car it will make travelling between the spots easily. The museum is really well done and will get you in the right frame of mind to see the beautiful memorial at Omaha beach. Depending on how much time you have I also suggest visiting Juno Beach and the Canadian cemetery Bény-Sur-Mer. No matter what your nationality or relation to the world wars all of these sites are truly amazing. I am a Canadian and I have had the opportunity to see several World War I and II memorials around Europe and no matter what country they are for I always find them very powerful.
Mont-St-Michel is a truly beautiful and iconic French tourist destination, but be warned it is a MAJOR tourist destination. Try to get there are a decent time in order to avoid the crowds. I went there in April on a rainy overcast day and I could already see the signs of tourist season coming along. The city is beautiful, but you don't need a whole day to see it and if you are smart about your budget I wouldn't recommend buying lunch in the walls of Mont-St-Michel. My friends and I went on an organized trek out on the sands of the ocean floor surrounding Mont-St-Michel. This was the highlight of our trip to Normandy. The guide was amazing and we got to spend the entire afternoon frolicking around in the shallow waters, sand bars and quick sands of the English Channel. If you can, I 100% recommend making this a priority for your trip.
The people of Normandie are very kind and welcoming, you are so lucky to be going on this trip. almost 4 years agoAnswered by SarahAnn26 via WorldNomads.com
I can't say enough things about the town of Bayeux France. It's very close to the American war memorial. Be sure to visit the Bayeux tapestry...it's spectacular. You think a tapestry sounds dull...but it has a fabulous display. I can also recommend the hotel Villa Lara...close to the tapestry, fabulous rooms and service. Hope you have a great time in Normandy. Be sure to pick up some Calvados while there. almost 4 years ago