France: Omaha Beach & Pointe du Hoc
Point du Hoc is the his highest point promontory between the Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, both sites of the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944 by the United States troops. Point du Hoc was heavily fortified with guns and bunkers and a special group of Army Rangers had to scale the cliffs to take the Germans out. A heavy bombardment preceded the landing. Even today the bomb craters are massive, and the remains of the gun casements are still in place. Further east at the Omaha Beach, there are several monuments and museums dedicated to the D-Day. Somber and rainy day was actually quite appropriate for seeing these sights.