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Japanese-American internment

From citizen to enemy, studying the past in order to not repeat itself.

  • 11
  • 97:42
  • 5,920 mi
  • $971
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Created by kalavinka - July 8th 2016

This trip retraces the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 2017.

Photo of Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA, US

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

The trip begins at the Brainbridge Island memorial that commemorates the first instance in the history of the United States where citizens were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to relocation centers in remote areas of the country.

521mi 09h 07m

Hwy. 139, Tulelake, CA, US

Japanese Segregation Camp

563mi 09h 41m
Photo of Minidoka War Relocation Center

425 Hunt Rd, Jerome, ID, US

Minidoka War Relocation Center

405mi 07h 28m

1539 Rd 19, Powell, WY, US

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

589mi 10h 09m

N 10000 W At W 4500 North St, Hinckley, UT, US

Topaz Internment Camp

473mi 07h 57m
Photo of Manzanar Internment Camp

5001 U.S. 395, Independence, CA, US

Manzanar Internment Camp


Manzanar is the only internment camp in the USA that I have visited so far and it was really thought-provoking to be in a desolate place surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range. To have a life-inspiring view but unable to carry on with life as one was trapped behind barbed wires must've been incredibly demoralizing.

230mi 03h 50m

369 East First Street Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA, US

Japanese American National Museum


I have been viewing WWII exhibitions in Little Tokyo since before there was a proper museum and in recent years the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles has housed excellent exhibitions--not to be missed!

255mi 04h 13m
Photo of Japanese Internment Camp Monument

I-10, Parker, AZ, US

Japanese Internment Camp Monument

1000mi 15h 36m
Photo of The Granada Amache Relocation Center

CO-Rd 23 5/10 at West Amache Rd., Granada, CO, US

The Granada Amache Relocation Center

835mi 13h 21m

100 S Railroad St, McGehee, AR, US

Wwii Japanese American Internment Museum

1043mi 16h 21m

1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC, US

National Museum of American History

The exhibit on Executive Order 9066 will open in February 2017 at the National Museum of American History and is the perfect ending to a road trip studying the history of the internment camps of World War II.

The majority of relocated people were of Japanese ancestry but there were some others as well, such as spouses and Germans/Italians who were also considered enemies. Most may not realize that Japanese in Hawaii were not incarcerated and that Japanese in Latin America were incarcerated in their home countries, with many being sent to the USA for internment and stripped of their home country's citizenship and not allowed American citizenship for many years.

I hope to gain a better understanding of what happened during the fervor of war so that mass violations of civil liberties do not occur again.