Congratulations on what will hopefully be a great trip. I have visited Normandy several times, including four D-day anniversaries. First, book a place to stay ASAP! Anywhere close to the events surrounding the commemoration on the anniversary will book quickly (or were booked a year ago). Most of the best ones are already full. Plan a home base and definitely have a car. This area is too spread out to do any other way. Bayeux is a great little medieval city that wasn't destroyed in the war (unlike many others), and has lots of restaurants and hotels. However, I typically spend time on the Western edge of the area in Ste.-Mère-Église (see below). Second (and your husband has probably already done this), learn as much history surrounding the events as you can. Knowing what happened and where will help you pick places to go and things to see—and will help you appreciate things you see even more. The D-day "invasion" area is huge. From Utah Beach to Sword Beach is 45 miles as the crow flies. But you won't be able to fly. And the beaches are all a 15–20 minute drive from the main highway connecting them. A week is great! Too many people try to do this trip in a day or two, and in my humble opinion, that is way too short. Decide what you want to see, and make time for all the little things you didn't anticipate. If you are American, the American area was Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. And the American Airborne area was inland from Utah Beach centered around Sainte-Mère-Église. This town is particularly festive during the anniversary. The American Military is there celebrating in force, and much of the celebration culminates in this town, including a huge military parachute drop on the fields outside of town—this year on Sunday, June 4th. Lots of museums, lots of memorials, lots of hidden surprises on the sides of the road that you would never see if you tried to do a day or two there. Short list for anyone: American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-mer, Pointe-du-Hoc, Battery at Longues-sur-Mer, artificial harbor at Arromanches, Sainte-Mère-Église Airborne Museum and definitely the church square, Utah Beach Museum (the best), walking and contemplating Omaha Bach, The Azeville Battery, Pegasus Bridge (British). Sorry, but I could ramble endlessly. Find me on Facebook and PM me if you want more info.