For an easy day out we suggest taking in the American beaches of Utah and Omaha.
Start at Saint Mere Eglise where the paratrooper landed on the church roof. The town has a route you can follow (ask for a map at the Tourist Office) which explains the history.
Proceed to Utah Beach (signposted from here). Take a walk along the beach and visit the memorials. Then we recommend you take an inexpensive lunch at The Roosevelt Café next to the beach. They serve Jambon & Frites, Croque Monsieur - that type of thing.
Then visit the Museum next to the beach. Its very interesting and has films to watch too.
Next we suggest you continue along the coast to the Pointe du Hoc where American Rangers had to scale the cliffs to take out the German guns.
Continue along the coast towards Omaha Beach but rather than going to the beach itself, head for the American Normandy Cemetery. This is set on the cliffs above Omaha Beach and its location is stunning, with pine trees and a pool of reflection. A band plays the Star Spangled Banner when there is an American tour in progress.
The brother of President Roosevelt is buried here, along with nearly 10,000 other American soldiers.
We are working on an Itinery for the English and Canadian Landing Beaches - we want to test it ourselves before recommending it to our visitors.